Past Pre-Conferences & Learning Events

The pre-conferences have taken place on 3rd, 12th and 26th of November.

During the events there were two venues in Semara and Jijiga where participants could follow the pre-conference in a venue with conference facilities and good internet connection.

The proceedings and presentations of the pre-conferences and the learning events can be accessed below:
Pre-conference 1 - 3rd November 2020.
Pre-conference 2 - 12th November 2020.
Pre-conference 3 - 26th November 2020.
Pre-conference 4 - 16th June 2021.
Pre-conference 5 - 29th July 2021
Pre-conference 6 - 15th December 2021

Learning Event 1 - 9th March 2021
Learning Event 2 - 28th April 2021
Learning Event 3 - 31st August 2021.

For the specific page on the Learning Events, click here.

For any questions related to the pre-conferences contact us through dream2preconferences@metameta.nl or call us through +251-911-380670 (Nardos Masresha) or +251-921-875414 (Girma Senbeta).

Overview of the logistics for the DREAM II Pre-events

Upcoming Hybrid DREAM Event

The next DREAM Event will take place on December 15th, 2021, the time for the event is 9.30AM - 12.30PM Ethiopian Time.

The Hybrid Event will take place online, with a parallel physical meeting in Jigjiga under the theme: 'TVETs: creating employment opportunities with lowland programs'.

The Ethiopian lowlands have their own potential and challenges for development, but they share a concern with other part of Ethiopia: how to improve livelihoods and how to create employment opportunities. The challenge is particular for young people: how to provide them with a future and hopeful vision and make them contribute to lowland development. There are many skills that are in much demand, such as masonry, that if would be more widely available could be the basis for a rewarding job. TVETs play a large role here, as they bring practical skills to young people that can serve as the basis for gainful employment or business.

The challenge is how to do this effectively and how to reach scale, both to fulfil the demand for such services and to make a significant impact in employment creation. To address this challenge three TVETS in Afar and Somali Region have set up practical trainings that can be provided on demand and against payment – with the idea that different organizations can engage the TVETS to provide such trainings on request. The flyers of the trainings can be found on the resources page (TVET Training Flyers).

The hybrid DREAM event on 15 December will discuss the first experiences made with the training courses against tuition fees offered by the three TVETS in Afar and Somali Region. The owner of the courses are the TVETs, they are acting like private sector entrepreneurs selling skill trainings. While conducting the courses, jobs are created by the TVETs as they need to engage consultants to manage the job.  For the pastoralist and agro-pastoralist trainees, the skill training provided is often the first opportunity to allow a decision between livelihood options.  The event will also discuss how the lowland investment programs could buy-in supporting a larger spin-off to increasing skills and capacities of members of the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities, leading towards sustainable jobs and stronger local economies.

Registration for the event can be done here.

Details to participate online can be downloaded here.

Summary of the program

Time Activity Theme
09.30 Opening Key note: Employment: a major challenge in the lowlands. The opportunities  with the GIZ SDR program
09.45 Presentation Creating skills and business and job opportunities – the experience of Gewane AVET College

Question and Answer
  Presentation Creating skills and business and job opportunities – the experience of Adale Polytechnic College

Question and Answer
  Presentation Creating skills and business and job opportunities – the experience of Gode Polytechnic College

Question and Answer
10.45 Panel Response  How to create employment opportunities, how to organize demand and supply? 
11.00 Moderated Discussion Parallel Group Discussion in Jigjiga and virtual
11.40 Reporting back Reports from the working groups
12.00 Discussion and Wrapping up  
12.30 End of Program  
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