Friday, January 22 (2016), was a symbolic date for the International Institute for Education Planning and the associated Pôle de Dakar through its Platform of expertise in vocational training (Pefop) with the signing of the Partnership Framework Agreement with the Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training and Information and Communication Technology (MEFPTIC).
It is Mr. Baba Ould Boumeisse, the Secretary General of the Ministry, who welcomed the Coordinator of the Pôle de Dakar, Mr. Guillaume Husson, to sign this agreement which frames the path ahead for the development of the programme of support for the operationalization of the vocational training policy in Mauritania by the Pefop team over the next three years.
The objectives, implementation modalities, commitments of the parties including the steering mechanisms, and the monitoring and evaluation of this program have been defined and approved. Signatories expressed their satisfaction with this successful first phase of collaboration between the two entities. For Guillaume Husson, “the formalization of this new support of the Pôle de Dakar to the Mauritanian Government in the implementation of vocational training policy reinforces the range of support provided over several years in Mauritania in the area of education analysis and planning.”
The Secretary General of MEFPTIC highlighted the dynamism of the discussions and activities undertaken between the Ministry and the Pôle de Dakar since the Pefop establishment in June 2015 and its formal launch in November that led to this agreement.
Although this is only the first step, Mr. Naceur Chraiti, Chief of the Pefop present at the signing, underlined that “Mauritania is the first of four partner countries to sign the Framework Partnership Agreement which will further stimulate the development of the programme with all concerned stakeholders. The perfect illustration was the strong presence of public and private stakeholders from the capital and regions, to identify and analyze, in a participatory manner (focus group) over five days (25-29 January 2016), the obstacles that limit the operationalization of vocational training driven by economic needs and fostering the integration of young people. We hope that the Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Burkina Faso will follow this path very soon.” These four countries are involved in the direct support to the operationalization of vocational training reform. Meanwhile, a wider network of countries and stakeholders involved in the overhaul of vocational training policies in Africa is being built and will further contribute to the promotion and dissemination of best practices.