This is the 7th post in 2020 of a blog series begun in 2017 as part of the collaboration between the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).
Rising unemployment among young people is a serious challenge for all countries, whether developed or developing. At least 475 million new jobs must be created in the coming decade to absorb the 73 million young people currently unemployed and the 40 million new workers entering the job market each year.
Agenda 2030, Agenda 2063 for Africa, and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25) focus on the development of technical and vocational skills, specifically in terms of access to high-quality technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and the acquisition of technical and vocational skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.
Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, dire scenarios have been announced for Africa. In response, African countries have taken steps ranging from closing their borders to closing schools and training centers to prevent the spread of the virus.
ADEA’s Inter-Country Quality Node on Technical and Vocational Skills Development (ICQN-TVSD) has studied the impact of the health crisis on technical and vocational education and training in five ICQN member countries, namely, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
E-Learning: A TVET opportunity in Côte d’Ivoire
In Côte d’Ivoire, operation “schools closed, books open” was launched in late March 2020 and has continued despite the reopening of schools and training centers across the country in May. This initiative covers both general education and technical and vocational training, and aims to ensure continuity of education throughout the country despite the health crisis it is facing.
Several measures have been taken by the ministry responsible for TVET in Côte d’Ivoire to ensure the continuity of training, specifically the establishment of an online educational platform entitled “Ma formation en ligne.” This platform is accessible free of charge and provides learners in all fields and at all TVET levels with online courses and exercises.
At this point, 895 courses are available and new content is added every day. A forum enabling teachers to interact with learners and a technical assistance center (a call center to assist platform users) continue to be operational despite the resumption of classes in mid-May for both general and technical education.