Unlocking Africa’s Potential: The African Good Practice Competition on Youth Skills Development and Employment
In today’s rapidly changing global landscape, empowering the youth with essential skills and providing them with ample employment opportunities is critical for the sustainable development of any nation. In Africa, where a significant portion of the population is young, harnessing their potential is essential for the continent’s growth.
Recognizing this, the African Good Practice Competition on Youth Skills Development and Employment emerges as a beacon of hope, spotlighting innovative solutions that drive positive change in the lives of African youth.
Understanding the Competition
The African Good Practice Competition on Youth Skills Development and Employment is a platform that gathers and celebrates success stories, initiatives, and strategies from across the continent that have successfully addressed the challenges surrounding youth skills development and employment.
Organized by [Organizing Institution], the competition serves as a catalyst for identifying, sharing, and replicating effective practices that contribute to enhancing the employability of African youth.
The competition’s primary objectives are:
- Showcasing Innovation: The competition brings to light innovative approaches that have yielded measurable results in equipping young Africans with the skills they need to thrive in the modern job market.
- Inspiration and Learning: By sharing success stories, the competition inspires stakeholders in various sectors to collaborate and design new solutions that align with the needs of the youth.
- Replicability: Recognized practices are disseminated widely, encouraging the adoption and adaptation of successful strategies in different regions and contexts.
The competition covers a wide array of impact areas, including:
- Vocational Training and Education: Highlighting initiatives that bridge the gap between formal education and practical skills, preparing youth for real-world challenges.
- Entrepreneurship and Startups: Recognizing programs that nurture an entrepreneurial spirit, enabling young Africans to create their own job opportunities and contribute to economic growth.
- Digital and Technological Skills: Shedding light on efforts that equip youth with the digital literacy and technical skills demanded by today’s digital economy.
- Public-Private Partnerships: Showcasing collaborations between governments, private sector organizations, and NGOs that collectively address youth employment challenges.
Benefits of Participation
Participating in the African Good Practice Competition on Youth Skills Development and Employment offers several benefits:
- Visibility: Selected initiatives gain exposure on a continental platform, attracting attention from potential partners, investors, and stakeholders.
- Networking: The competition provides a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, organizations, and institutions passionate about youth development.
- Knowledge Exchange: Sharing success stories facilitates the exchange of valuable insights, enabling participants to learn from one another’s experiences.
African Union Commission and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) invites all organization that excels in driving good practices on youth skills development and employment promotion on the African continent to enter this exciting competition to find, celebrate, and grow the number of good practices across all African countries.
The African Skills Portal for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (ASPYEE) is a continental knowledge platform hosting a wealth of good practices on Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), skills development methodologies and approaches, and youth employment and entrepreneurship interventions.
This competition aims to increase good practices from all regions, with a focus on regions that are currently under-represented on ASPYEE. These include West, Central, and Northern Africa and conflict-ridden countries.
Eligibility Requirements for the African Good Practice Competition on Youth Skills Development and Employment
• Representatives working at any of these organisations:
- Colleges (public and private),
- Non-profit organisations,
- Training providers,
- Private sector organisations,
- Government departments, and
- Multi-stakeholder led projects
• Practitioners in TVET, youth skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship promotion on the African continent
Note: Interventions targeting youth with disabilities or disadvantaged youth are encouraged.
Five organisations, one from each African region, will win:
An all-expenses paid study tour to South Africa, including all travel, accommodation, and meals!
The study tour programme consists of:
• A meet-and-greet with senior officials of AUDA-NEPAD
• A one-day workshop where winning organisations can exchange information, share experiences, and be inspired by their peers from other parts of the continent.
• Field visits to South African trail-blazing organisations, government-led projects, and multistakeholder interventions
Free profiling and marketing, including:
• Being featured on the ASPYEE platform and AU and AUDA-NEPAD social media channels
• A certificate of recognition from AUDA-NEPAD
• Invitations to speak at high-level events
Organisations that have not been selected as winners will still be given an opportunity to share their good practice on ASPYEE if they meet the judging criteria below.
- Write up your good practice using the template (800 words) and submit before the closing date. Submissions must be made online, in: English, French and Portuguese.
- Organisations with existing good practices on ASPYEE may enter the competition but must still complete the application form. The organisation may use the opportunity to update the existing good practice with up-to-date information.
The African Good Practice Competition on Youth Skills Development and Employment stands as a beacon of hope, recognizing and promoting initiatives that invest in the potential of African youth.
- By spotlighting successful practices, the competition serves as a catalyst for transforming the continent’s employment landscape. With a focus on innovation, inspiration, and replicability, this platform drives collaboration, learning, and growth, ultimately contributing to a brighter and more prosperous future for Africa’s young generation.