Technical education for job creation

A student working on his carpentry assignment. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Technical and vocational education and training in Africa has suffered from the colonial legacy, which relegated many Africans to low-ranking manual labour.
  • A few African countries have today placed technical and vocational education and training at the centre of their national education systems.
  • The challenges facing African nations today are slow economic development, poverty, disease and ignorance.
  • There is a need for the public and private sectors to develop strategies to empower the youth with life skills and entrepreneurship training to boost self-employment and innovation.

During the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in South Africa, in 2002, a very critical declaration was made. This was the promulgation of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014).

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