The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved additional financial support of US$6.35 million to Niger for the completion of the improvement project, ‘access to quality vocational training.’
Called the Support Project for the Development of Vocational and Technical Education and Training (PADEFPT), it will be fully financed, in its second phase, by resources from the African Development Fund (ADF).
The Bank’s assistance will be devoted to the equipment of the works carried out within the framework of the initial project, and to the realization of the additional works essential for an optimal functioning of the Technological High School of Diffa, (LTD), namely the security of the site, drinking water supply, roads and various networks, latrines, among others.
The additional financial support will thus make it possible to complete the initial project still in progress, which was approved in December 2010. It will contribute to improving the working conditions of teachers and the study conditions of students.
In particular, the additional ADF financing will make it possible to ensure the completion of the work still pending and the equipment of the infrastructures by the end of 2022 as well as the activation of the LTD on the site. dedicated no later than 2023.
Ultimately, the implementation of this project should make it possible to reduce the country’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) deficit, raise the rate of access to quality TVET, and develop human capital the height of the country’s opportunities.
It will thus make fully operational one of the flagship of the project, namely the Technological High School of Diffa, in south-eastern Niger.
The initial PADEFPT, funded to the tune of $ 36.86 million, was designed to respond to the socio-economic opportunities of Niger, linked to the exploitation of uranium and oil deposits and the finalization of major projects in the country, in particular the Kandadji dam, and the dry port of Dosso.
For the Bank, the project responds to its strategy aimed at improving the living conditions of populations in Africa and corresponds to the priorities of the Government of Niger in terms of skills development and employability of young people.
The main objective of the PADEFPT is to increase the population’s access to quality vocational and technical education and training. The ambition of the Nigerien authorities is to increase this ratio to 40% in 2021 against 25% in 2016.