Cameroon – Quality Manual to increase youth employment, thanks to "Don Bosco Tech Africa"

26 October 2018

(ANS - Yaoundé) - The "Don Bosco Tech Africa" organization, which coordinates 97 Salesian Vocational Training Centers (CFPs) throughout Africa and Madagascar, launched from Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, its Job Service Quality Manual. It is an instrument that will serve to increase the job opportunities of the approximately 30,000 students of Salesian technical-professional institutes, spread across 34 countries of the continent.

Funded by the German government through the Salesian NGO "Don Bosco Mondo", the handbook is the result of the contributions offered by all the Job Service Officers (JSO) of the region's various Provinces, thanks to the coordination of Don Bosco Tech Africa.

The quality manual defines in detail the actions that JSOs can undertake in their service and lists the practical operating procedures to implement them. Each activity is presented on three different levels: minimum levels of performance, standard levels and level of excellence: in this way it want to lead to a progressive growth in the provision of services for launching young Salesian CFP students into the labor market; develop better interaction with the local labor market; and in general to facilitate the dynamics of collaboration and synergy towards and for all  interested parties.

Issued last September, during the Annual General Meeting of Don Bosco Tech Africa representatives, partner companies and institutions, the manual on Quality will be further enhanced as early as 2019 with two additional modules for a perfect interpretation of the manual itself and especially for self-evaluation by the JSOs.

"This is important for the JSOs in the Provinces to evaluate their standards and specific define further interventions for constant development with the goal to achieve higher level of service delivery for the good of the Youth we are serving," said Dr. Roland Kornhaeusl, of "Don Bosco Mondo", responsible for the project. 

The quality manual is also significant because it is the first product that gathers all the knowledge and skills acquired in the various Salesian circumscriptions of the region, and then because it is entirely the result of daily work in the field. For this reason, the Conference of Provinces and Vice-Province of Africa-Madagascar (CIVAM), in its most recent meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda, (19-23 October), approved it as a document to be used in the future for Salesian work in the field of Vocational Training across the continent.

"This is a great step and a clear way in which Don Bosco Tech Africa can assist the Salesian Provinces and Don Bosco TVET Centers and to create the sense of a family in the Africa/Madagascar region. The document is very practical and at the same time very challenging... Here we have the Road Map towards quality", said Fr Amèrico Chaquisse, Regional Councilor for Africa-Madagascar, in the presentation of the manual.

The manual was produced in four languages - English, French, Portuguese and Spanish - and also aims to promote the success of Don Bosco Tech Africa as a leading player in the field of vocational training on a continental level, in order to attract further organizations and collaborations to the advantage of Salesian educational systems in Africa and Madagascar.

For more information on Don Bosco Tech Africa and its initiatives, a short video presentation is available on ANSChannel.


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