|Approval Date||17 Nov 2020|
|Signature Date||03 Jun 2021|
|Planned Completion Date||30 Jun 2023|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|DAC Sector Code||11110|
The proposed supplementary loan comes in the wake of a previous operation (Vocational and Technical Education Development Support Project, PADEFPT), financed by the Bank to the tune of UA 26.91 million, which was approved on 15 December 2010. The original project is in line with the Bank's vision to improve the people's living conditions and reflects the priorities of the Government of Niger in terms of skills development and youth employability. It was designed to respond to the new socio-economic opportunities in Niger, marked by the exploitation of uranium and oil deposits and the completion of the country's major projects, notably the Kandadji Dam, the Niamey-Cotonou Railway and the Dosso Dry Port. The PADEFPT project priority objective is to increase the people's access to quality vocational and technical education and training. The ambition of the Government of Niger is to raise this ratio to 40% in 2021 from 25% in 2016. To date, almost all the activities planned under PADEFPT have been carried out. The main activity remaining is the completion of the infrastructure and equipment of the Diffa Technology High School (LTD). The supplementary loan amounts to UA 4.64 million, bringing the new total cost of the PADEFPT project to UA 31.55 million. The project will consolidate the Bank's presence in the TVET sub-sector, strengthen its activities in the area of education and improve the quality of the training provided. The Bank's intervention will also help to improve the sustainability of investments (arrangements to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the TVET laboratory and workshop equipment). The project will enable the Republic of Niger to have a sub-sector that offers new opportunities to access quality TVET of proven relevance. It will ultimately help to increase the proportion of TVET in the country's education system.
The overall objective of the original project (PADEFPT) is to increase access to quality vocational and technical education and training. More specifically, the implementation of this project will strengthen the objectives of the original project, namely: (i) reduce the country's TVET deficit; (ii) increase the rate of access to quality TVET in the country; and (iii) develop human capital commensurate with the country's opportunities. Ultimately, it will make it possible to operationalise the Diffa Technology High School (LTD), one of the project's flagship achievements.
The beneficiaries targeted by the project are lower secondary school pupils, of whom there are around 185 000, and those aspiring to BEP and CAP estimated at around 1 800. Graduates of technical, vocational and scientific high schools estimated at around 500 per year are added to the above number indicated in the framework of the support that will be provided to the IUT of Maradi and Zinder. In the medium and long term, companies working in the industrial sectors will benefit from a more qualified and competent workforce. In this way, the project will contribute to economic growth and the improvement of the quality of life of the population.
African Development Fund
|Last Update||31 Jul 2021|