Education ministers form French-speaking countries met in Abidjan last Tuesday (9 October) for the opening of the thirty-third session of their conference on co-operation in education and industrial training.
Education ministers form French-speaking countries met in Abidjan last Tuesday (9 October) for the opening of the thirty-third session of their conference on co-operation in education and industrial training. Delegates from France, Canada, Belgium and all francophone African countries took part.
SYNOPSIS: The delegates met at Abidjan's National Pedagocic Institute for their conference to discuss ways of improving various African educational systems and bring them up to modern day standards and improved co-operation in the field of employment is also on the agenda.
The delegates heard a speech by the Ivory Coast's Minister for Technical Education and Professional Training, Ange Francois Barry Battesti saying that the integration of young people into the world of employment was of paramount importance, and he therefore favoured an introduction of students to various professions.
Such introductary courses already exist in the Ivory Coast. Students can apply for various training courses and apprenticeships in many professions and crafts.
Students here are shown how to use a lathe, but introductory courses are also offered for professions related to television and radio.
The Ivory Coast has successfully promoted the manufacturing and services sectors of its economy. Manufacturing doubled its share of the GNP between 1960 and 1976. The government has also introduced what it calls an "urban infastructure" of services such as sewage, hospitals and entertainment in an attempt to reduce unemployment.