Theme: “Future skills, transnational TVET value chains and youth empowerment in Africa”
At the General Assembly of Heads of Member Institutions in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the members unanimously granted the Republic of Ghana the hosting rights for the 2023 annual conference. Since August 2018, the Association resolved to be holding TVET youth forums on the side-lines of each of the annual international conferences. Following this tradition the Association plans to bring together TVET student representatives from across Africa, in the Fifth Pan-African Youth Forum for TVET Students on August 27 - 28, 2023 in Accra, Ghana. The theme of the forum shall be “Future skills, transnational TVET value chains and youth empowerment in Africa”. The youth leaders shall get an opportunity for moderated exchange ideas on challenges and opportunities of showcasing their entrepreneurial and innovative ideas that can empower the youths post training. A well selected number of speakers shall be invited to address the youth of Africa on the theme. Participants shall majorly come from TVET colleges, technical training institutes, colleges of technology, polytechnics and universities of technology in Africa.
Africa's youth hold the key to the continent's future. They can be empowered by transnational TVET value chains and have the ability to make a range of contributions to African society. It is crucial for TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) institutions to be a part of a global value chain since they play a significant role in preparing young people for future employment. By doing this, they can make sure that young people in Africa have the skills necessary to succeed in the modern, global economy. Additionally, this will provide them the opportunity to actively participate in their own communities and societies and open doors for them to greater employment opportunities.
III. Objective for the Forum
The Fifth Pan-African Youth Forum for TVET Students aims to provide a continental platform for youth representatives in TVET institutions from Africa to gain exposure as it turns out that for many of them it is their first time at such an international gathering and the first time they travel out of their respective countries. Participation shall also build their leadership and social skills, and capacity to contribute to the African society. The forum shall be held in partnership with member institutions and Start-Up-Africa to:
Provide a platform for unlocking Africa's Youth Potential
Empower the youth to overcome barriers to TVET access and Success
Enable the youth to network and share innovative ideas from all over Africa
Facilitate student exchange programmes and mobility through the formed networks.
Quality TVET for the successful training to employment transition of Africa’s youth
Digital transformation of TVET and skills development systems in Africa: state of play and prospects
Youth network models and TVET innovation clusters in Africa
The forum will be participatory to create awareness, stimulate creativity, and increase the appeal of vocational training as a pathway to decent work. Activities will include keynotes and panel discussions. Moderators and speakers will give various perspectives on work based learning. Sessions will also encourage participants to share viewpoints on their experiences in securing opportunities for work based learning while interaction with speakers and with each other.
V. Highlights of the Youth Forum
The Fifth Pan-African Youth Forum for TVET Students is organized as part of the August 2023 ATUPA International Conference. The Youth Forum is organized to include:
Keynote addresses and panel discussions on the various aspects of the theme and other cross-cutting issues.
A forum for students’ networking.
ATUPA-StartUpAfrica Pitch Africa Talent & Innovation Competition 2023 for TVET Students.
Pan African Youth Assembly.
V. Target Participants
Two or more participants of mixed gender from each TVET institution drawn from the student’s guilds and student’s council leaders will be welcome to join the Fifth Pan–African Forum Youth in TVETs. Organizers will also accept and encourage participation from civil organizations working with the youth and women and staff of government ministries engaged with matters youth and TVET community of practice. When making nominating participants, preference should be given to individuals who have demonstrated strong leadership characteristics and passion while in school or their communities. Youth from a cross-section of different programmes / career fields such as engineering, building and construction, applied sciences, the arts, media, medical sciences, hospitality etc. will be expected in the forum.
VI. Expected Outcomes
The Youth Forum expects to have such outcomes as:
better understanding of leadership, and of global issues among youth
develop skills, knowledge and attitudes which support development in Africa
create a platform to discover their voice and to positively contribute in society
an understanding of the entrepreneurship opportunities in Africa
better appreciation of the Africa’s diversity, development issues and the African Unions’ Agenda 2063
The youth Forum registration fee is USD. 250 per participant.
Account Name: Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) Account Number: 6580010502 Branch Code: 001 Bank Code: 043 SWIFT Code: ECOCKENA
Name of Bank: ABSA Bank (USD)
Account Name: Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (ATUPA) Account Number: 2029266894 Branch: Haile Selassie Avenue Branch Code: 084 SWIFT Code: BARCKENX
VIII. How to Enter
The deadline for submitting the 2023 competition projects is July 7, 2023, 11:59pm, local time.