Parallel to the 1st Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Education Science and Technology (STC-EST), AU has organized the exhibition from 27 to 30 Oct, involving model TVET and exhibitors showcasing space science initiatives from African countries.
Under the theme, “Connecting the Dots…from Skills Development to Jobs”, the exhibition is part of the implementation of the continental strategy for TVET, aimed at strengthening continental, regional and national capacities to implement TVET programmes, said AU.
Ten TVET centres have showcased their programmes, which AU said are part of the top twenty identified from a bottom up competition that sought to identify good practices across the continent.
The TVET exhibition is an occasion for programmes to showcase the most promising TVET models for the 21st century, which will be used to tell the African TVET story and assist with rebranding and marketing TVET as a pathway to youth skills development, said the pan-Africa bloc.
In so doing, the model TVET centres will not only be assisting to mainstream TVET, but also to support youth entrepreneurship outcomes, it noted.
The exhibition provided a forum for ministers and social partners attending the STC-EST meeting for sharing experiences and learning from each other the best practices on TVET.
It also accorded opportunity for participants to explore potential partnerships which will ultimately enhance intra African Technical Corporation in skills development.
Abubakari Masandiko Makoba, a student from Tanzania technical and vocational training, told Xinhua that the exhibition was a good opportunity to promote the projects of his TVET centre and create networks with others for support and collaboration.
He said it was an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences among the different exhibitors from different countries.
Khaiko Michael Makwela-Wali, Managing Director of Green Globe Architecture of the Botswana, told Xinhua that his institution was showcasing the technologies in solar energy.
He said that the exhibition was an opportunity for interaction and networking in the area.
The space science and technology exhibition was meant to showcase successful initiatives that have demonstrated applications of space technology in addressing socio-economic needs for sustainable development contributing to the overarching African Agenda 2063.
The objective of the exhibition exercise was to create awareness to policy makers about the benefits of space science and technology applications towards the adoption of the African space policy and strategy as instruments to guide the African space programmes, according to AU.
AU said it is coordinating implementation of the Global Monitoring of Environment and Security in Africa (GMES & Africa) initiative that is meant to provide earth observation services to inform policy and decision making at national, regional and continental levels.
The exhibition is part of the process of linking technical information to policy making in achieving African Agenda 2063, it said. Enditem