18-20, 2013 September 2013. Fairfax, VA near Washington. InnovATE hosted its first international symposium on Building Capacity for Agricultural Training and Education in Developing Countries.
The event explored successful agricultural training and education interventions and identified strategies to meet capacity-building challenges. This year’s focus topics were: gender issues and gender curriculum in agricultural education, implementing interventions in post-conflict environments, and rural youth workforce development.
Practitioners and development professionals working in agricultural education and training in primary and secondary education, youth workforce development, vocational education, and higher education were invited to contribute to leadership groups and produce strategy documents which will influence agricultural training and education discourse.
World Bank/Team Africa Regional Networks Session – Using Team-Africa as an example, this session helped participants learn how regional networks can be used to collaborate on AET capacity building
- Setting the scene, Carl Larsen, Team Africa
- How to assess the current governance structure within universities and other TAE institutions and improve the efficiency (e-Capacity initiative), Irene A. Frempong, FARA
- How to attract and retain highly qualified staff in TAE/AET, Frans Swanepoel, Stellenbosch University
- How to attract motivated students of high quality: particularly youth and women, Hamidou Boly, TEAM-Africa Coordinator
- How to secure adequate funding and financial management and how to build synergies from different initiatives, David Nielson, World Bank
- Contribution of Diaspora in supporting TAE in Africa, Andrew Manu, Iowa State University