Eight of ten civil society organizations awarded through the Call for Proposals of the VET Toolbox/Enabel on inclusion in VET met in Dar es Salaam from 10 to 11 December for a start-up workshop. This meeting, funded by the European Union, was an opportunity to build solid foundations for the implementation of the selected projects and to share knowledge and good practices between grantees.
It is a great honour for me to introduce this regional start-up workshop in Dar es Salaam especially because Enabel, the Belgium Development agency, is also the Contracting Authority of these grants, overseeing the project implementation, its reporting and expenses, said Patrick Gaudissart, Resident Representative of Enabel in Tanzania.
In spite of great demographical challenges and inequalities, quality education and skills development of youth in Tanzania are key areas to support the new generations in their transition from school to decent work and the VET Toolbox is a great opportunity to tackle these challenges, said Patrick Gaudissart.
Doing wrong is easier than doing right and that is why this workshop was excellent, because that taught us how to do the right thing! We learned a lot about monitoring and evaluation, visibility, procurement and how to make sure our actions are impactful and our costs are eligible. It was also a great opportunity to learn and share from other similar initiatives, said Margaret Sadrake, Project Manager of The Samaritan Trust in Malawi.
This 2-day training enabled lead applicants who are implementing the action on the ground to get an enhanced understanding on how to apply all requirements related to EU Grant funding. We hope it offered to every participants the chance to start their project on a strong basis, said Marta Makhoul, Grant Manager of the VET Toolbox.
The 4 million euros Call for Proposals of the VET Toolbox fund new and innovative inclusive initiatives and tools that contribute to facilitate access to the formal and informal labour market for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups through improved employability and vocational education and training.
Out of 426 projects 10 were selected through this Call for Proposals. They are located in Eastern Africa and South-East Asia and are led by civil society organizations. They focus on access and continuous enrolment of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups to the VET system, on completion to prevent them from dropping out of the VET system or ensuring their reintegration, on transition from formal and non-formal vocational education and training to work and on continuous learning at the workplace.
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