UNESCO, based in Paris, is the United Nations specialised agency that promotes peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences and culture. UNESCO's education pillar covers projects worldwide that promote technical and vocation education.
TVET institutes provide students with practical technical skills. This prepares them for employment, or entrepreneurship. In Africa, with high unemployment rates, self employment is a what many TVET students aspire. TVET institutes therefore need to be equipped with courses on entrepreneurship and mechanisms that help student turn their technical skills into viable business ideas. In Malawi several TVET colleges wanted to start MSME incubation hubs. They needed guidance on how to set up such hubs.
After mapping the learning needs of students and existing incubation activities in Malawi, MDF developed comprehensive business plans jointly with the Lilongwe Technical College and Soche Technical College. We were supported by local hubs (mHub and Dzuka Africa).