SADC TVET Symposium 2023

The SADC TVET Symposium 2023 is convened on 8-9 May, in Johannesburg to promote TVET as an integral part of efforts to enhance skills and employability and ultimately sustainable and inclusive development in a context of accelerated transformation. The Symposium is organised by SADC Secretariat in cooperation with the project ACQF-II implemented by the European Training Foundation (ETF), and with expert contribution of ILO and UNESCO.

Interpretation: English-French-Portuguese.

Visit the SADC-ACQF cooperation page for more information on activities and reports (2022).

The agenda, the 4 Concept notes and presentations of this Symposium can be viewed or downloaded from this page (open: "Agenda" and "Materials").

The TVET Symposium seeks to promote skills development to enhance access to productive employment and entrepreneurship, especially among young people, and to improve productivity in the region. The Symposium will identify key enablers and constraints operating in the TVET sector and propose practical solutions. The Symposium will also facilitate peer learning and exchanges on what has worked in the Member States and in other parts of the world.

Among other issues and drawing from delegates’ practical experiences, the dialogue will address pertinent issues such as:

  1. Rethinking TVET governance and financing systems;
  2. Aligning TVET with labour market needs and industrialisation processes;
  3. Articulation of TVET Qualifications; and
  4. Equipping TVET to deliver skills for Just Transitions and the Future of Work.
  • When May 08, 2023 09:00 AM to May 09, 2023 04:55 PM (UTC / UTC0)
  • Where Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg
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Draft Agenda

Day One: 08 May 2023

08:30 - 09.00

Arrival of Participants

Opening session

09:00 – 10.00

Welcome Remarks:

  • Peter Wells, Head, Education Unit, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa
  • Joni Musabayana, Director, Decent Work Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, ILO
  • Eduarda Castel Branco, Senior Human Capital Development Expert, ETF
  • Ms. Angele Makombo N’tumba Deputy Executive Secretary, Regional Integration – SADC Secretariat
  • Permanent Secretary, Ministry Responsible for TVET, DRC


Presentation on TVET Intricacies in SADC Member States

  • Hoosen Rasool

11.00 – 11.15 Tea Break

Technical session continued


TVET Intricacies in SADC Member States


  • Hon. Agnes NyaLonge, Minister Labour (Malawi)
  • Borhene Chakroun, Director, Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, UNESCO Education Sector, Paris
  • Ms Phyllis Kasonkomona, Director Planning and Member of SESA PSC, Zambia
  • Hendrina Doroba, Division Manager - Education and Skills Development · Africa Development Bank

12.00 – 12:30

Moderated dialogue and experience sharing session: cases from Southern Africa

12.30 - 12.45

Overview of the Programme

12.45 – 13:45 Lunch Break

Technical session continued

13.45 - 15:15

Enhancing relevance and effectiveness of TVET

Break-Away Sessions:

  • TVET Policies and Governance in SADC Member States
  • Skills for Jobs – TVET Responsiveness to Labour Market

15.15 - 15.30

Tea Break

15.30 –17.00

Break-Away Sessions: (Continue)

  • TVET Policies and Governance in SADC Member States
  • Skills for Jobs – TVET Responsiveness to Labour Market


End of Day One

Day Two: 09 May 2022

Technical session continued

09.00 - 10.30

Break-Away Sessions (Continue)

  • Articulation
  • Skills for Digital and Just Transitions

10.30 – 10.45

Tea Break

10.45 – 12.15

Break-Away Sessions (Continue)

  • Articulation
  • Skills for Digital and Just Transitions

12.15 – 13.30

Reports from thematic groups

  • 4 Rapporteurs

13.30 – 15.00

Lunch Break

Dialogue Outcome

15:00 - 16:00

Presentation of Key Messages

  • Rapporteur: Hosoen Rasool

16:00 - 16:30

Take aways and Next steps

16:30 - 16:45


End of Meeting