TVETImproving access to quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Improving access to quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
The young men and women, between the ages of 15–30 years, make up about 47% of the population in The Gambia. The youth are identified as the poorest of the poor and this is due to several factors and underlying causes. One of these factors is the high unemployment rate among the youth, estimated at over 40%. Taking into consideration the high percentage of youth and the problems faced, EFANet has decided to develop an advocacy strategy that will focus on youth and TVET. The aim is to research and advocate on attitudes towards TVET and to challenge negative attitudes by demonstrating its economic value.
Improving access to and the quality of TVET will be one of the main goals of EFANet in 2014. Currently EFANet is conducting research to identify the main challenges to access to TVET and give a clear idea of the attitude of youth and parents towards TVET. The information gathered through questionnaires and focus group discussions with youth, parents and key stakeholders will be used to develop an advocacy strategy and activities targeted at the key actors to improve access to quality TVET. EFANet aims to build the capacity of partners and key stakeholders to engage young people in TVET.
In 2014 a TVET awareness week will be organised. This week will consist of activities throughout the country, including a 'Career Day' where TVET institutions can present themselves, role models will be invited to inspire youth and parents and the youth can enquire information on different TVET institutions and its programs. We are partnering with the Gambian Federation of the Disabled to make sure that TVET in The Gambia will become inclusive for youth living with a disability.
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