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The 2024 Africa Regional Conference & Exhibition on Education and Skills Development 


The Africa Regional Conference & Exhibition on Education and Skills Development (ARC-EDS) is an initiative of ESDEV Foundation Africa. The 2024 edition was organized in partnership with Ghana’s premier Technical University, Accra Technical University. The conference aimed to provide solutions to the pressing challenges of unemployment and skills development for employability among Africa’s youth population.

Additionally, it sought to advocate for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a viable pathway to empower young people with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, ultimately contributing to the reduction of unemployment and dependency in Ghana and the Africa region.

This maiden edition served as a vital platform for collective thinking among stakeholders, triggering a turnaround in the fortunes of Africa’s growing youth population, and engendering hope and opportunities for the socio-economic transformation of the continent. Together, we explored strategies to combat the growing youth unemployment by amplifying the many opportunities that exist in the Africa region for the youth.

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"Unlocking Africa’s Youth Potential for Socio-Economic Transformation"

Focuses on harnessing the talents, skills, and energy of Africa's young population to drive positive change in various sectors of society and the economy. It emphasizes the importance of investing in youth development, education, entrepreneurship, and employment opportunities to unleash Africa's demographic dividend and catalyse socio-economic progress across the continent. The theme underscores the critical role of youth empowerment in shaping a prosperous and sustainable future for Africa.


12TH JUNE 2024


9:00 AM


Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra


  • To contribute to finding solutions to the challenges of unemployment, and skills development for employability and entrepreneurship facing Africa’s youth population.
  • To raise awareness on the interconnectedness and contribution of a skilled youth population to Africa’s socio-economic transformation.
  • To provide opportunity for interaction amongst governments, the youth, and other stakeholders on how to accelerate progress to achieve SDG 4.3 and 4.4 targets related to quality technical and vocational education and training.


  • Policy makers in governmental and non-governmental institutions in Africa
  • Ministries of Education, Labour and Employment, and related departments and agencies of governments.
  • Faculties and students at Technical Universities and Polytechnics
  • Formal and non-formal skills training institutions.
  • Youth groups and Associations.
  • Artisanal Associations.
  • Trade Unions and other Employment Associations.
  • Educators and Teacher Unions.


  • Redefining education to address skill gaps for youth employment: The need for broader policy framework for African governments.
  • Leveraging emerging technologies for youth employment in Africa.
  • Maximising African youth potential for Sustainability and Sustainable development.
  • Harnessing the power of African youth populations as human capital for socio- economic transformation.
  • Bridging youth unemployment gaps: Strategies for effective skills acquisition for Africa.


  • A diverse community of stakeholders equipped with innovative solutions designed to address challenges of skills development for employability and entrepreneurship facing Africa’s growing youthful population.