Cross-country comparison of TVET systems, practices and policies, and employability of youth in sub-Saharan Africa

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Book Section
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Title
Cross-country comparison of TVET systems, practices and policies, and employability of youth in sub-Saharan Africa
Abstract
In recent years, organisations such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), and several African governments have conceded that TVET may have a positive impact on harnessing the youth dividend. There has been some progress in some countries, but there is still insufficient understanding of the place of TVET and youth skills development. The criticisms of TVET in the past, and attitudes toward it, coupled with a period of neglect by governments and donors have all resulted in insufficient understanding of the positive effects TVET can have on the youth and on economic development compared to other regions of the world that have had clearly developed agenda for youth skills development through further colleges, community colleges, or apprenticeships. Nevertheless, there are signs of renewed interest and possible progress, and some countries have started to put in place innovative policies to strengthen Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems. But this progress is limited and hasn‘t been well researched and understood in comparison with other regions of the world. This is partly due to the past attitudes toward TVET, but may also result from limited understanding of the present positive role that TVET can play to harness youth dividend in the region. This paper aims to add to better and more research evidence on the role of TVET in youth skills development and employment in Africa using key economic and education highlights and the cases of Kenya, Ghana and Botswana by examining the policies and practices that characterize the TVET landscape across these Sub-Saharan African countries from a political economy approach.
Book Title
In: Eicker, F and Haseloff, G and Lennartz, B, (eds.) Vocational Education and Training in sub-Saharan Africa: Current situation and development. (pp. 25-38). W.Bertelsmann Verlag: Bielefeld, Germany. (2017)
Place
Bielefeld, Germany
Publisher
W.Bertelsmann Verlag
Date
2017
Pages
25-38
Language
eng
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03/05/2022, 13:20
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Citation
Oketch, M. O. (2017). Cross-country comparison of TVET systems, practices and policies, and employability of youth in sub-Saharan Africa. In F. Eicker, G. Haseloff, & B. Lennartz (Eds.), In: Eicker, F and Haseloff, G and Lennartz, B, (eds.) Vocational Education and Training in sub-Saharan Africa: Current situation and development. (pp. 25-38).  W.Bertelsmann Verlag: Bielefeld, Germany. (2017) (pp. 25–38). W.Bertelsmann Verlag. http://dx.doi.org/10.3278/6004570w