Dakar (Senegal), December 1, 2014 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is proud to launch a brand new Education for Employment (EFE) program in Senegal. This latest initiative was officially announced during the Sommet de la Francophonie and Economic Summit in Dakar by the honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie.
Under the banner Private Sector Growth Through Education for Employment this project will support the training of a skilled labour force in Senegal. This will be achieved by strengthening the capacities of Senegal’s ministry of Professional Training, Learning and Crafts thanks to Canadian expertise in professional and technical training.
Approximately a dozen Canadian colleges, institutes and cegeps, in collaboration with Senegalese technical education establishments, will take part in this program which will train roughly 13 500 students in Senegal.
“I am very pleased to see that Canadian expertise in technical and professional training will benefit Senegalese youth and help them acquire the skills they need to succeed”, said CICan President and CEO, Mrs. Denise Amyot. “The EFE model has proven successful in many countries and has already made significant headway in Senegal. I am certain that it will once again help train the skilled workforce Senegal needs to support its private sector and fuel economic growth.”
This new $20 million program will be financed by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and will be implemented by CICan and Senegal’s ministry of Professional Training, Learning and Crafts. Over the next six years, seven regions in Senegal will be targeted: Dakar, St-Louis, Thiès, Diourbel, Ziguinchor, Kaolack and Kédougou.
“I am very happy with the support that was announced today and will be provided through Private Sector Growth Through Education for Employment”, said Senegal’s Minister of Professional Training, Learning and Crafts, Mr. Mamadou Talla. “Based on the guidelines of the plan for an emerging Senegal, this initiative should allow us to improve youth employability and reinforce the governance of the technical education sector by improving relations with the private sector and promoting the autonomy of our professional and technical training institutions.”
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics. The Association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. CICan operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world and is the secretariat for the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP).
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