About Learn4Work

Learn4Work is a unique programme that uses the combined knowledge, expertise, networks and funding opportunities of partners in both Africa and in the Netherlands to improve vocational education in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The programme brings parties from various sectors together: schools and the public sector, but also NGO’s and the private sector.

The importance of vocational education

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) helps young people to learn a trade, enabling them to find a job or to start their own business. In this way they have the opportunity to earn a solid income and improve their living conditions. At the same time, the economic development and food security of their communities and countries benefit as well.

Youth unemployment

For the best result, it is essential that vocational education is related to the demands of the labour market, and that the quality of the teachers, teaching method and curriculum is high. Many formal and non-formal vocational education institutes in Africa are unable to meet these criteria, which is one of the reasons why youth unemployment in these countries generally is very high.

The problems vary from the professional quality of the teachers to the relevance of the curriculum to local companies’ needs, and from the lack of equipment to the obstacles that youth from marginalised groups encounter when seeking access to vocational training.

Objectives of Learn4Work

Learn4Work aims to make a positive contribution to:

  • the number of young people who have the opportunity to learn a trade, particularly young people who are marginalised in any way
  • the quality of vocational training
  • an increased relevance of vocational training to the demands of the labour market

The projects which are supported by Learn4Work are always based on actual demand in African society.


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