Mahe, Seychelles-18th March 2016- Member states and partners adopted the Mahe Process to strengthen TVET in Eastern Africa highlighting priorities and recommendations for a regional agenda.
UNESCO gathered 13 countries and partners from the Eastern Africa region from 16th to 18th March 2016 in Mahe, Seychelles. Over 50 delegates and partners exchanged views on experience, expertise and good practices during a regional forum on Technical Vocational Education and Training organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, in partnership with the UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational and Training (UNEVOC), the Seychelles National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Education of Seychelles.
This forum, focusing on TVET and on youth skills for work and entrepreneurship, was the first regional consultation in Eastern Africa in support to the new 2030 Education Agenda. Debates focused on three priority areas: enhancing institutional capacities to promote employment intensive growth; enhancing youth skills and competencies for employability, entrepreneurship and business creation; and promoting job creation and enterprise development through public-private and private-private partnerships.
Initiating the Mahe Process to strengthen TVET in Eastern Africa, participants of the forum identified six recommendations for regional cooperation and discussed a draft action plan to be further elaborated. The six recommendations include: developing quality assurance mechanisms; enhancing the quality of TVET teacher training; strengthening the teaching of entrepreneurship, basic and generic skills in TVET; facilitating transition to self-employment; developing and strengthening partnerships with the private sector; and developing and strengthening funding mechanisms for youth enterprise start-ups.
This forum was also an opportunity to present the new UNESCO TVET Strategy (2016-2021) to be validated next month by member states at the UNESCO Executive Board. Tools to support member states to monitor the 2030 Education Agenda and the related TVET targets under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4), were also shared by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The closing ceremony was attended by the Honourable Mrs. Macsuzy Mondon, Minister of Education of Seychelles. Mr Salah Khaled, representing the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, underlined remaining challenges for further cooperation within the region such as the data gathering and monitoring of TVET, gender disparities and migration, as well as existing opportunities through innovations such as the green economy. Furthermore he challenged the participants to commit on the recommendations according to their respective roles and positions.
¨All of us have common understanding that our youth are the future to sustain our generation and countries for the years to come, and therefore skills and entrepreneurial talents of youth and women are critical for our development¨ added Mr. Teshome Lemma, Ethiopian State Minister of TVET. Closing the three day forum, Mrs. Merida Delcy, Principal Secretary for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education of the Seychelles Ministry of Education, emphasized the importance of integrating education in training systems and strengthening public and private partnerships.
 Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.