Montreal, June 8, 2015 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Senegal’s Ministry for Professional Training, Learning and Crafts (ministère de la Formation professionnelle, de l’Apprentissage et de l’Artisanat – MFPAA) to implement a new initiative in support of post-secondary education in the West African nation. The document was also signed by Minister Mamadou Talla of MFPAA and the signing was witnessed by Christian Paradis, Canadian Minister for 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, strengthening the professional and technical training capacity of Senegal’s ministry of Professional Training, Learning and Crafts through partnerships with Canadian colleges and institutes.
Approximately a dozen Canadian colleges, institutes and cegeps, in collaboration with Senegalese educational institutions, will take part in this program which will train roughly 13 500 students in Senegal.
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.
Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. Our members work 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. The Association operates in 29 countries via 12 offices around the world.
“We are thrilled to partner with MFPAA to work towards the development of technical and professional training in Senegal. This new MOU will allow us to build on the past success of our Education for Employment Africa program which has already allowed many young Senegalese get the education they need to succeed and find employment.”
Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada
“The Private Sector Growth Through Education for Employment program, based on the guidelines of our plan for an emerging Senegal will allow us to bring the changes needed to ensure that our youth have the skills they need to succeed by improving our relations with the private sector, making our postsecondary institutions more autonomous and by modernising our agricultural and resource sectors. I am also pleased that we will be able to rely on Colleges and Institutes Canada, an organisation which has proven itself time and again on the international stage by supporting institutions towards the successful implementation of national policies on training.”
Mamadou Talla, Minister of Professional Training, Learning and Crafts (Formation professionnelle, Apprentissage et Artisanat
“I am thrilled to bear witness to this partnership between the government of Senegal and Colleges and Institutes Canada as they look to shape Senegalese students into a qualified workforce that will have the skills to meet the needs of the private sectors or even become entrepreneurs. Canada is pleased to be a part of this important transformation through funding for Private Sector Growth Through Education for Employment.”
Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie
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