10 October 2021

The African Union is satisfied with the good progress Namibia is making towards staging the WorldSkills Africa Swakopmund 2022 Skills Competition, scheduled to take place at Swakopmund, Erongo, from 28 March to 1 April 2022.

Addressing the official launch of WorldSkills Africa Swakopmund 2022, at a ceremony held at Swakopmund’s on Friday evening, the AU’s Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, H.E. Professor Sarah Anyang Agbor, said the continental conglomeration was looking forward to a multi-faceted event showcasing the skills of Africa’s young talents across a wider range of technical and vocational trade areas.

“In launching the countdown to WorldSkills Africa Swakopmund 2022, we recognise that Africa is gaining further traction in advancing the shared social objective of increasing the provision and development of skills. The solid progress with preparations excites and encourages all of us at the African Union”, the AU Commissioner stated.

Professor Agbor singled out the international conference and careers exhibition, which are to take place on the sidelines of the competition, as platforms for African countries to discuss how better to invest in the technical and vocational training sector, and for breaking down the negative societal stereotyping of such career options. “The continent is looking forward to 28 March to 01 April 2022, when Swakopmund, for all intents and purposes, will be the skills capital of Africa. Join us as we build skills for Africa”, Professor Agbor noted.

The Commissioner expressed hope that more countries will join the WorldSkills International movement and access its unreserved opportunities for capacity building. More than 100 competitors from 13 African countries are to compete in sixteen different technical and vocational trade areas, at the event.

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