Joof wins Commonwealth 2019 Excellence Development in Africa award

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) has awarded its 2019 Award of Excellence for Development in Africa to the Minister Of Higher Education Research Science and Technology of  The Republic of The Gambia, Mr. Badara Alieu Joof.  This was announced at the recently concluded CAPA Annual International Conference Held in Kigali, Rwanda, 25-31 August 2019. The Award was presented on behalf of CAPA by The Prime Minister of Rwanda, Right Honourable Dr. Ngirente Edouard. The Award was received on behalf of Minister Joof by Dr. Lawalley Cole, a Gambian International Civil Servant and Executive Director of the Coalition on Media and Education for Development in Africa Forum (CAFOR). Dr. Cole was a Keynote Speaker at the event.

A key pillar of the mandate of the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) is to engage in policy advocacy in favor of skills development for wealth creation in Africa. In 2014, CAPA inaugurated the Annual Awards of Excellence to selected organisations and individuals, judged to have made outstanding contributions to technical education and socio-economic development in Africa, as a means of highlighting champions of policy, industry, business and social enterprises that have positively impacted development in Africa. In so doing, CAPA is committed to building a broad and effective network of highly credible and influential partners, whose support is vital for achieving goals of Africa Union Development Agenda 2063.

CAPA was established in 1978, with a mandate to promote TVET for job creation and economic development in the member countries, following a resolution of the 7th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers held in Accra, Ghana in 1977. Since inception, the headquarters seat of CAPA has been at the Technical University of Kenya in Nairobi, under a diplomatic agreement with the Government of Kenya. Presently, CAPA has a membership of almost 200 post-secondary education institutions (including the GTTI), comprising a well-integrated profile of technical universities, polytechnics, technical colleges and vocational training institutes that are focused on the production of technical manpower for the world of work.

The event featured guest speakers from government ministries and agencies, the private sector, academia and relevant civil society organisations, apart from technical papers on the conference sub-themes. A Pan-African Youth Forum was a side event which attracted student leaders from TVET institutions across Africa.