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“To Alleviate Youth Unemployment, African Leaders Must Prioritize Investment in TVET”

Ing. Peter Antwi Boasiako, the Deputy Director-General of the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), emphasized that the key solution to addressing youth unemployment in African countries lies in significant investment by leaders in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). This investment would empower young people with tech-driven entrepreneurial and industry-specific skills, reducing their dependence on government employment.

At the “Africa Tech Challenge (ATC) Awards 2023” event in Nairobi, Kenya, organized jointly by the Ministry of Education of Kenya, AVIC International Holding Corporation, and China Education Association for International Exchange (CAIE), the Deputy Commissioner represented the Director-General of the Commission for TVET. This initiative, part of the CSR Youth Empowerment project, aims to enhance the technical skills of African students pursuing technical programs and foster entrepreneurship to encourage innovation among African youth.

During the Kenyan National WorldSkills Competition held in Nairobi, Ing. Antwi Boasiako reiterated that governments alone cannot provide jobs for all citizens. However, through collaboration with private businesses and individual entrepreneurs, opportunities for employment can be created for everyone.

The Africa Tech Challenge competition featured two components: on-site Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Lathe Machining held in Kenya and virtual Mechanical Drawing & Computer Aided Design Software Applications. This competition involved 83 teams comprising 332 participants from nine African countries: Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Gabon, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

The Special Keynote Speaker at the awards ceremony was the Deputy President of Kenya, H.E. Geoffrey Rigathi Gachagua, who represented the President. He stressed the importance of providing quality employable training and practical, demand-driven skills to youth, enabling them to achieve financial independence and contribute to national economic development. He emphasized that today’s youth are not just future leaders but also drivers of the future due to rapid technological changes and innovation.

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