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African Forum on Youth Skills & Enterprises in the Digital Age

Date: 
18 Apr 2018 to 19 Apr 2018
Location: 
Tunis
Tunisia

The African Forum on Youth Skills and Enterprises in the Digital Age, under the theme "Harnessing Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth" ended on April 19th in Tunis with a major joint recommendation: It is crucial to ensure that Africa’s youth have the relevant and appropriate digital skills (from a very early age) as they prepare for the jobs of the future.

At the conclusion of this successful meeting, African governments and key stakeholders agreed to:

  • Foster and implement appropriate policies to integrate digital skills, 21st Century Skills and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the African education and training systems;
  • Establish technological partnerships in order to fill the skills gap in jobs requiring advanced ICT competences such as Coding; Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Robotics; Cyber Security, among others;
  • Accelerate the use of ICT to offer all learners, with a special focus on girls and women, an equal opportunity to access quality education;
  • Spread the culture for eLearning;
  • Promote Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as an enabling pathway, as opposed to a sub-sector of last choice; and 
  • Train teachers on digital skills and 21st Century Skills. 

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