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Harmonization of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Established during the 11th Meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers responsible for Education, Science, Technology, Culture, and Sports on October 4th, 2013, the EAC Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Technical Committee was tasked with a crucial mission: to develop a comprehensive strategy for harmonizing TVET across the region.

The resulting EAC TVET Harmonization Strategy embodies a visionary outlook, aiming for "Competitive Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Regional Integration and sustainable development." At its core, this strategy envisions providing quality TVET that is responsive to the social, political, economic, and environmental needs of the citizens of the EAC Partner States.

Key Objectives of the EAC TVET Harmonization Strategy:

  1. Equal Access: Promoting equal access to education and training opportunities for all individuals across the EAC region;

  2. Interoperable Policies:  Fostering interoperable policies, legal frameworks, and institutional structures to streamline TVET operations;

  3. Alignment with Labour Market Needs:  Guiding the alignment of TVET programmes with the evolving demands of the labour market;

  4. Quality Enhancement:  Enhancing the quality and effectiveness of TVET programmes by cultivating and retaining a highly skilled TVET workforce;

  5. Capacity Strengthening:  Strengthening capacities, knowledge, research, and experience sharing among TVET training institutions.;

  6. Harmonization of Systems: Guiding the harmonization of TVET systems, training curricula, assessment, and certification processes;

  7. Collaborative Development: Promoting joint development and utilization of TVET training facilities to maximize resources and opportunities;

  8. Accreditation and Quality Assurance: Proposing harmonized accreditation and quality assurance systems to uphold standards across the region; and

  9. Skills Competition: Facilitating regional TVET skills competitions to showcase talent and foster healthy competition.

The Sectoral Council has enthusiastically adopted the EAC TVET Harmonization Strategy and is actively finalizing several accompanying frameworks to support its implementation. The frameworks include:

  1. Regional TVET Qualifications Framework:  Establishing a common framework for recognizing TVET qualifications across the EAC region.

  2. Guidelines for Curriculum Harmonization: Providing guidelines for harmonizing TVET curriculum structures and frameworks to ensure consistency and relevance.

  3. Framework for Coordination and Mobility: Developing a framework to facilitate coordination and mobility of students and staff within the TVET sector.

  4. Engagement with the Private Sector: Creating a platform for meaningful engagement with the private sector/industry to align TVET programmes with market demands.

Through these concerted efforts, the EAC is paving the way for a vibrant and dynamic TVET landscape that will contribute significantly to regional integration, sustainable development, and the empowerment of its citizens.

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