By Fridah Nkibuga
Education ministers and delegates from 12 African countries have agreed on a broad framework to strengthen technical and scientific skills in Africa.
This will be achieved through collaboration between governments, the private sector and education/training institutions.
The agreement was facilitated during a high-level Forum hosted by the Government of Senegal and the World Bank in Dakar this week.
Senior representatives from Brazil, China, India and Korea shared their experiences and expressed their strong interest in collaborating with African countries to advance this agenda.
On June 12th, the final day of the Dakar Forum, participants—including ministers, scientists, academics, and business leaders—are expected to sign a Call-to-Action outlining how partners will work together to support the skills-building needs of Sub-Saharan African countries.
The Dakar Forum is a follow up to two high level events during the last year. It builds on an earlier PASET conference in Addis Ababa in July 2013, co-hosted by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education and the World Bank where the Ministers of nine African countries presented draft action plans for collaboration with new partners.