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Skilling Eco-VET is a 3-years project funded by the European Executive Agency for Education and Culture, whose activities are carried out by four European partners and five partners from the African continent. It is based on the dual objective of simultaneously improving the education system and making the transition to a greener economy.
Skilling Eco-VET / Enhance enabled environments for private and public VET key actors in Ghana and Senegal
ERASMUS-EDU-2022-CB - 101092440
Capacity building in the field of Vocational Education and Training (VET)
2023 - 2025
In the past decade, Ghana and Senegal have both experienced economic growth rates that are much higher than the regional average (Ghana's HDI value for 2019 is 0.611 positioning it at 138 out of 189 countries and territories; Senegal’s HDI value for 2019 is 0.512 positioning it at 168 out of 189 countries and territories). Though their economies are modernizing and diversifying, agriculture remains the backbone of both economies, especially in rural areas.
Both countries have made great strides in providing basic education for their populations. The World Bank statistics show that Ghana had a primary completion rate, total (% of relevant age group) of 93.81 % in 2020, whereas Senegal had a PCR of 61% in 2020.
Nonetheless, both countries have large youth populations (Ghana, with approximately 57% and Senegal, with approximately 60% of the population under the age of 25), for which there are not enough pathways to further educational opportunities. According to the World Bank, the gross secondary school enrollment rate was 75% in Ghana and was 46% in Senegal in 2020. Tertiary enrollment (gross rates) remains low in both countries: 19% in Ghana (in 2020) and 13% in Senegal (in 2020).