A pilot project funded 100% by the European Commission in partnership with the African Union under the auspices of the "AU-EU Youth Skills Development 2018" program. SAAM aims to pilot an international mobility program between both continents for students and teachers during its over 4 years of implementation. Mundus is the coordinating organization of the project and the partnership formed by 36 entities from 24 different countries.
SAAM / Supporting Alliance for African Mobility
Type of project
SAAM (Supporting Alliance for the African Mobility) is a pilot project funded by the European Commission to promote the international mobility of students and professionals between Africa and Europe and thus improve youth employability and the quality of Vocational Training on the African continent. It aims to promote the establishment of mechanisms for the exchange of knowledge, training methodologies and skills between Europe and Africa.
This unprecedented project is based on a powerful strategic alliance between African and European countries in order to have a relevant impact on teachers and vocational training students.
SAAM is an association composed by more than 30 organisations from eight countries of the European Union (Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) and sixteen African countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan and Tunisia). This broad partnership brings together a network of both VET centres and various European NGOs and umbrella organisations in the field of VET and youth.
The project focuses on three VET fields: Engineering and Manufacturing, Agriculture and Tourism and Hospitality.
The project seeks to have a significant impact on vocational training and on its student and professional exchanges on both continents and to strengthen the relationship between VET and the labour market. But specifically the three main goals of the project are:
To pilot an educational mobility action between Africa and Europe.
Exchange methodologies and good practices to nurture VET systems in Africa and Europe.
Bringing both VET systems closer together for future mobility projects.
During 40 months, from 2020 to 2024, more than 300 African students are completing mobility programmes in different European countries while also doing internships in Europe and more than 200 VET professionas both from Europe and Africa are doing exchanges. These are the phases:
More than 100 EU staff from VET centers move to Africa to study the African VET system.
The objective is to produce a report with data analysis, highlighting good practices and providing recommendations.
More than 100 African staff from VET centers travel to Europe to participate in a training.
They exchange methodologies and good practices and create a network for mobility programs and knowledge transfer.
300 students travel from Africa to Europe to participate in an educative, social and cultural experience.
Students return to their country empowered as multipliers to make a positive change.
- Coordinating team
- European umbrella organisations
- Interfaces in Africa
- VET Centers in Africa
- NGOs in Africa
- Associations of VET Schools in Europe
- VET Schools in Europe
Salesians of Don Bosco
Don Bosco Technical High School
Don Bosco Technical High School
SAAM is funded under the Annual Action Programme 2018 of the Pan-African Programme for a Component of an AU-EU Skills for Youth Employment Programme entitled “EU-AU VET mobility project”.