Mozambique: World Bank Grant for Skills Development

Maputo — The World Bank on Wednesday approved a grant of 104 million US dollars from the International Development Association (IDA) in support of skills development programs for young Mozambicans.

According to a World Bank press release, the project will invest in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Higher Education (HE) subsystems to improve access and quality of educational curriculums and skills development training in response to the country’s priorities and economic sectors.

“Empowering its youth by developing higher level skills through quality post-secondary education, while working on policies to incentivize the creation of jobs linked to modern productive systems, are among the most important challenges facing the country if it is to reap the benefits of its demographic dividend,” noted Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough, World Bank Country Director for Mozambique, cited in the release.

“Better educated youths will contribute to reduce income inequality, facilitate social mobility and help jump-start the much needed fertility transition”, he said.

The project is intended “to increase access to quality education and training at TVET and HE levels in priority areas relevant to future economic development, focusing on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and climate change”, the release adds. “It will also support teacher training programmes, including the use of new teaching methods, and will address current shortages of specialized technical skills by strengthening high-quality skills development programs in industrial maintenance, agriculture, ICT, and construction, among other priority sectors, at selected TVET institutions”.