CICan strengthens its ties with the West African Economic and Monetary UFrom March 11 to March 13, a workshop was organized to validate the report about the study on the feasibility to test the concept of community colleges in eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU-UEMOA). More than 45 people attended the meeting in Burkina Faso. In addition to the eight UEMOA member countries, representatives of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) were also invited, along with the African Development Bank and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). The ministers responsible for vocational and technical training in francophone West Africa have created and mandated, after the Dakar Symposium in 2011, the Technical Monitoring Committee in charge of the work that will lead up to the conceptualization of community colleges in the UEMOA. On the Canadian side, members of the Committee are its coordinator, Mr. Efia Assignon from CCNB, and Marie-Josée Fortin from CICan. The UEMOA emphasizes the importance of reacting. Reforms that have so far been initiated in UEMOA countries in the field of TVET have not always provided the answers needed to meet the growing needs in employability and professional integration for the youth. Therefore, in order to make a contribution to this problem, the UEMOA, in collaboration with the African Development Bank, has initiated a feasibility study to test the concept of community colleges. During these three days, each of the countries reported on what they would like to have and what could take place in their country. This information will be presented in July to the ministers responsible for technical and vocational training in these eight countries in order to have a clear and strong endorsement before meeting with donors. In addition, CICan, supported by CCNB, will submit a proposal to DFATD on behalf of all its French-speaking member colleges.
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