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DBTA Participates In The African Union (AU) And WorldSkills Meeting In South Africa

DBTA participates in the African Union (AU) and WorldSkills meeting in South Africa

In February 2019, the African Union (AU) and WorldSkills International (WSI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to lay the foundation for the official creation of WorldSkills Africa. WorldSkills Africa will represent a regional organization that is planned to be placed under the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) of the African Union.

WorldSkills International is a global skills excellence and development platform founded in 1946 and currently has 85 countries registered as members. Skills development in Africa is highlighted under International Cooperation and Development in the WorldSkills Vision 2025, which shows the importance of partnerships to improve Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems and empower the African youth to pursue personal and economic fulfilment.

To elaborate this idea further, WorldSkills International (WSI) and the African Union, organised a workshop to discuss the formation of WorldSkills Africa (WSA) in Johannesburg from the 14th to 15th June 2023. In attendance were the representatives from the following member states; Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Mauritius, which is still to become a member. The partners included FESTO and Lincoln Electric as the official sponsors of the WorldSkills competition. Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (ATUPA) and Don Bosco Tech Africa were invited as private non-Governmental organisations with the capacity to roll out the skills development agenda in the continent due to their network and sense of autonomy.

The objective of the WS Africa is to support AU Member States to strengthen the alignment between skills development and industry through the exchange of best practices, benchmarking and peer learning. This initiative will support Member States in building the competencies needed to effectively engage and benefit from the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and industrialization drive.

The purpose of the planning workshop was to operationalise and for key stakeholders to reach an agreement, on the concept of WS Africa, specifically on the model of governance, finance and legal structure, as well as a sustainable partnership and sponsorship model of running the WorldSkills Africa Competition and capacity building programmes. In order to operationalize WS Africa, the workshop discussed the ideas, structure, model, required resources, and timeline.

Once formed, the team behind WorldSkills Africa will be tasked to manage, implement, and promote skills development and capacity-building related programmes as well as regional skills competitions.

DBTA stands a chance of benefiting due to the level of networking that will be involved in the entire process of seeing the birth of WS Africa together with the partners that will be supporting the process through capacity building, modernization and guided discussions on how to make skills the driver of socio-economic development in the continent. This aligns well with the objectives of the Social Structure program funded by BMZ through Don Bosco Mondo, which aims to create networks to promote skills.

 

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