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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