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Platform for Expertise of Vocational Training(PEFOP) Yujiro Yamazaki
  • Partnerships between Government, Schools, Private Sectors and International Organization

The Platform for Expertise of Vocational Training (PEFOP: Plateforme d’ expertise en formation professionnelle) refers to a platform established by the Institute for International Education Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) Pôle de Dakar. This platform aims to contribute to the mobilization and strengthening of public institutions (e.g., governments, local governments, public vocational training institutions) and private institutions (e.g., players and organizations in the official and informal sectors, unions, NGOs, private vocational training institutions). In addition, the platform addresses how to provide effective tools to support the implementation of the revised vocational training policy.

The main activities of PEFOP are the creation of analysis and working papers related to vocational training, support for innovation in vocational training programs, collaboration among actors related to vocational training and networking, and sharing of vocational training resources among African countries. In the first phase, it was conducted in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, and Senegal. In the second phase, it was conducted in Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Togo; and the coverage area is expected to expand.

In the report “Actors and Partnerships in Vocational Education and Training [TVET]” published under PEFOP, there are five types of actors in TVET: 1. Public actors such as government and public TVET facilities; 2. Private actors such as companies and private TVET facilities; 3. NGOs and other civil organizations; 4. Learners; and 5. Development partners. The report furthermore introduces the role of each actor with the examples from various countries. As for the form of partnership, the report classified four types of partnerships: 1. Communication-based partnerships that share information; 2. Advisory-based partnerships that receive expert opinions; 3. Cooperation-based partnerships that share information among actors to address to same goal; and 4. Collaboration-based partnerships that share resources to implement collaborative activities. The report explains the role of each actor in each form of partnership by using actual examples, and describes current challenges.


UNESCO. IIEP Pôle de Dakar (2019) Actors and partnerships in vocational education and training.  Dakar. IIPE.