Supporting Alliance for African Mobility (SAAM) is a pilot action of educational mobility in the field of vocational training. The project will allow the establishment of mechanisms of implicit exchanges through learning, teaching and capacity building, as well as the curricular development of VET centers in the African continent. This project has received funding from the Africa-EU partnership programme under grant agreement n. EAC-2019-0573

The project brings together 16 European partners from 8 countries (Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Germany and Finland), and 16 African partners representing 17 countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, Cape Verde, South Africa).

With the First flow of mobilities, more than 100 European VET teachers and staff will go to African VET centers for a period of two weeks, in order to observe the educational system, returning to Europe with ideas on how to develop and implement new contents, methodologies, technologies, management, etc. A peer-to-peer assignment is part of this phase, with the output of a series of training modules that will be uploaded to the virtual platform SAAM.E-LEARNING covering the three educational fields of the project: Engineering and Manufacturing, Tourism and Hospitality, and Agriculture and Food Processing. The contents produced will be an open source, freely accessible through the mentioned platform, one of the outputs of the project that ensures its sustainability at a longer term.

The second flow will bring more than one hundred African teachers to Europe to spend a month of training and job shadowing, that will allow them to return with new tools and methods to implement in their centers. This flow includes a training in Brussels on how to internationalise their educational VET centers and methods of recognising and validating the competences acquired during a learning mobility, as well as the use of the Erasmus+ tools.

The last flow of mobilities will include more than three hundred students travelling to different European countries, specifically to 30 hosting centers in Europe, with stays of different lengths and combining periods of study at VET centers with professional traineeship periods in European companies. These experiences will foster the students’ empowerment when they go back to their territories, as well as it will increase their personal and professional capabilities.

The project’s dissemination strategy sets out the following key points:

To promote and raise awareness of the project, its aim and scope.

To provide information about the ongoing project and its results to our target groups, interested parties and the general public.

To test, as a pilot project, a dissemination scheme responding to the various communication, networking and dissemination needs of SAAM, taking into account the diverse local contexts in which we will present the project’s outcomes.

To enable, enhance and maintain a healthy and successful internal communication between partners, and therefore to ease the workflow within the project.

To comply with the European Union and African Union requirements in these terms.

Funded by the AU-EU Skills for Youth Employability Programme of the Africa-EU Partnership