Africa has the youngest population of any region of the world and continues to experience strong demographic growth. Young people need access to education and skills to build their future. In order to boost investment and create jobs, these skills need to match with the demands of the labour market. Achieving this will require increasing investment, both from the EU and its Member States and from its African partners.
The EU and Africa are longstanding partners in the area of education and skills, from primary to higher education, including Technical and Vocational Training (TVET), entrepreneurial learning, digital skills, research, innovation and academic mobility. The EU is massively supporting economic development programmes aimed at addressing skills gaps, improving employability and supporting job creation.
By 2020, the Africa-Europe Alliance aims to support the mobility of 35 000 African students and academics via the Erasmus+ programme and to provide vocational training for 750 000 people. To reach these commitments, work is well on track.
The Erasmus + programme is the EU’s main tool supporting African students and academics coming to Europe on short-term exchanges. By end 2019, 26 000 people will have already participated in the programme.
The EU is committed to support job-oriented skills development initiatives. In line with these goals, Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programmes have already benefited 450 000 African Students.