In May, we signed an agreement with Global Affairs Canada to deliver the Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) Program. The new five-year, $15.25 million program, builds on the success of our CARICOM Education for Employment project that concluded this year.
In March, we signed a contribution agreement with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) for the new EFE-Tunisia Al-Najah, valued at $5.8 million for the next four years.
The same month, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) awarded CICan with a research grant on Promoting Employment, Entrepreneurship and Industry Competitiveness in Kenya, through a new TVET innovation fund. This $1 million research grant will fund a joint initiative with two Kenyan organizations that will look at ways to improve skills and employability prospects by establishing a centre of excellence with three pillars – applied research hubs, gender equality in TVET, and action research.
Throughout the year, we worked on the implementation of the Pacific Alliance EFE Program in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, including the announcement of seven new partnerships with colleges and institutes.