Empowering African youth for the transition to adulthoood and the world of work - the 2012 ADEA Triennial
The recently concluded 2012 ADEA Triennial looked into the skilling and qualification of young Africans for the following five main transitions critical for individual success in life and for sustained economic growth and development: (i) acquiring basic education; (ii) staying healthy through adolescence and adulthood; (iii) training for securing gainful employment; (iv) forming a family; and (v) exercising citizenship.
Focusing more substantively on the first three transitions, the Triennial asked the following questions: what common core skills should African children acquire early in life in order to continue learning throughout life and participate effectively in the socio-cultural, economic and political development of their societies? What role could technical and vocational skills development (TVSD) play in enabling young people and adults to participate actively in Africa’s sustainable development? How can Africa’s capacity to generate, acquire, adopt and utilise scientific and technological knowledge and skills for sustainable development be built and strengthened?