Theme: “The Future of Jobs: Training, Workforce Development and Reskilling Africa”
Date: August 30 – 31, 2021

The Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (ATUPA), hitherto known as the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) is a Pan-African organization created out of a decision taken on August 29, 2019 at the CAPA General Assembly of Heads of Member Institutions in Kigali, Rwanda. This decision was ratified by the Ministers of Education from AU member states at the Third Ordinary Session of the Specialized Committee on Education, Science and Technology (STC – EST III) on December 13, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which resolved to “TAKE NOTE of the rebranding of the CAPA to the Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (ATUPA), and to encourage Technical Universities and Polytechnics in their countries to join this continental Association”.   
The mandate is to support professional and skill development amongst its membership mostly drawn from TVET institutions in Africa. In order to stimulate exchanges of experience and ideas, the Association regularly organizes and provides forums for discussion of matters of common interests.  
Like all other organizations, CAPA-ATUPA has been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in holding its physical forums in different parts of the continent as was its norm. To surmount the challenges, the Executive Board resolved to hold its 42nd International Conference virtually on August 30 - 31, 2021. The theme of the conference is “The Future of Jobs: Training, Workforce Development and Reskilling Africa”. The purpose of this concept note is to bring clarity to the theme. It is hoped that the outcomes of the conference shall go beyond the repeated formulation of ideas and the rhetoric that has been heard over the years to providing pragmatic strategies and guidelines, even at the policy dialogue level. 

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Postponement:

CAPA–ATUPA Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe International Conference and the Launch of The Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (ATUPA)

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The Third Pan-African Youth Forum Pitch Africa Talent and Innovation Competition 2020 for TVET Students

Due to the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19 health pandemic, CAPA- ATUPA regrets to announce the postponement of the ATUPA Inaugural  International Conference, the Launch of the Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (ATUPA), the Third Pan-African Youth Forum & Pitch Africa Talent and Innovation Competition 2020 for TVET Students in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe which was to hold on August 23–29, 2020. The new dates will be communicated in due course. Any inconveniences are deeply regretted.
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Theme: Youth Voices, Actions, Engagement: Building A Better Africa

 

Context
Young people are at the very heart of Africa’s development agenda. With over 75% of Africa’s 1.2 billion inhabitants under the age of 35, and 453 million Africans aged 15-35, it goes without saying that the development outcomes of Africa’s young people have a significant and lasting effect on the continent’s trajectory.
The African Union Commission, along with the rest of the world, recognizes this centrality of youth to achieving the aspirations of Agenda 2063. Aspiration 6 in particular envisions a continent with people-driven development, relying on its youth. Together with the African Youth Charter and the African Plan of Action on Youth Empowerment (APAYE), Agenda 2063 and its youth-centric action plans serve as continental frameworks which reflect the prioritization of youth development by the African Union Commission and AU Member States.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23 October 2019- The African Union (AU) hosted the inaugural award ceremony for the first Continental Teacher Prize. The AU Teacher Prize has been established as a means for demonstrating respect for teachers and the teaching profession, by encouraging and celebrating the committed teachers in Africa. The Prize raises the status of teaching, facilitates sharing of best practices in teacher excellence, and inspires the best possible candidates to join the teaching profession. Furthermore, the AU Teacher Prize is meant to serve as a catalyst for similar programmes at regional and national levels.
The Teacher Prize is an important and valuable instrument that contributes to the success of Agenda 2063 and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA), with the following objectives:

  • Enhance visibility and status of the Teacher in Africa at all levels - Preprimary, Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary including TVET;
  • Promote Teaching as a first choice profession at all levels; and
  • Celebrate and encourage outstanding teachers.