Support for TVET in the Southern African Development Community

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) can empower individuals and contribute to economic growth. UNESCO’s Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) project aimed to support TVET in five African countries and this month the project’s evaluation report was published following a collaboration between ECOPER and Ockham IPS. The evaluation involved ECOPER carrying out field missions in two countries: The Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia.

The BEAR project was active in five countries in the Southern African Development Community: Botswana, DR Congo, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia. Funded by the government of the Republic of Korea, it operated from 2011 to 2016 and sought to promote better TVET systems and improve the employment prospects of young people. This was to be achieved through updating TVET curricula, training teachers, enhancing infrastructure and engaging the sectors with greatest potential for jobs creation linked to TVET.