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International Forum Showcases Education for Employment In Africa and Caribbean

June 2, 2011 — Ministers of education and delegations from three African countries will be in Edmonton on Saturday, June 4 for a Canadian college and institute forum on how to ensure that education programs meet current and future employment needs.

ACCC will host the forum for 80 Canadian and international educational professionals showcasing the success of partnerships between colleges in Canada and African and Caribbean nations.


“This forum is an opportunity for Canadian colleges and their partners to celebrate their successes in advanced skills education and share exemplary practices with colleagues,” says James knight President and CEO of ACCC. “Colleges and institutes are the ideal partners for international post-secondary skills development because of their experience partnering with businesses in Canada to develop programs that educate graduates for immediate employment.”

Education ministers from Tanzania and Senegal and the vice-minister of education from Mozambique will present stories about their development of workforce training programs in local economic sectors that lack qualified employees. Canadian colleges have worked with Tanzanian, Senegalese and Mozambique institutes to provide skills education for the shipping, mining, tourism, construction and agri-food sectors.

The Education for Employment Program, designed and coordinated by ACCC with their national partners and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, operates in three African and 10 Caribbean countries. Caribbean education leaders will also present the recent development of Education for Employment programs in their region.

The Forum is a pre-conference event of the ACCC Annual Conference being held in Edmonton June 5-7. ACCC is the national voice for 150 publicly-funded colleges and institutes with campuses in 1,000 communities.

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For more information:

Debby Duford
Communications Officer
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Tel.: (613) 746-2222, ext. 3116

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