Over the past eight years, PROMOST has developed a mechanism to significantly strengthen vocational education: more than 11,000 people in the region have benefited either directly or indirectly from the project, 85% of whom have increased their incomes.
Further results include:
Thus, PROMOST has helped youth to attain educational qualification and adults to professionalise their skills. The promising economic sectors in the region were thereby strengthened and living conditions of the population have improved.
The project’s support for the vocational education system is comprehensive: it improves pedagogic and didactic training methods while being mindful of the organisational and administrative technicalities of vocational education. In addition, the project considers the transfer of knowledge and skills, capitalising on know-how, the exchange of experience, and impact analysis.
The establishment of sustainable, permanent links between the private sector and TVET providers is one of the priorities of the project and is crucial in ensuring training provision is market-oriented. The project enhanced the capacity of the private sector to effectively network amongst themselves and interact with the TVET sector to improve their service provision, productivity and competitiveness.
PROMOST’s strategy was to deliver know-how, build networks and combine the transfer of expertise with the equipment and infrastructure needed at three levels: societal, organisational and individual. This resulted in the development and implementation of a strong partnership between the government, public and private TVET delivery and private sector demand at decentralised levels. This cooperation is a prerequisite for private sector participation in a financially sustainable TVET system.
Decentralised TVET partnerships are an essential source of dynamism, creativity and initiative that is highly responsive to local socio-economic demand. By mobilising all stakeholders, including enterprises, local leaders and training providers, PROMOST utilised the communities’ private and public training resources to the full and made the whole TVET system more demand-driven.
PROMOST is an SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation)-funded project that Swisscontact is implementing in Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.