What is your experience with the SCIVET instruments during the project?
The instruments have been very helpful in the further development of the project – they were not yet available at the time of project conception.
Of particular importance for the project was the third standard, which deals with the integration of the learning locations company and school. It expresses what has to be taken into account when setting the contents of the partnership.
For the planning of the second project phase, the information about the process, intermediate goals, deadlines and the necessary resources were helpful. This was especially important when it came to the question of what can be done to ensure that the foreign partner identifies with the project and where possible stumbling blocks can be expected.
What hurdles have you already overcome in the course of the project work and what challenges do you still face?
We have succeeded in raising awareness among the participating associations and companies of the importance of training and further education and in introducing the associations to their role in cooperating with vocational schools and government agencies.
Now, one and a half years before the end of the project, the focus is particularly on how the results of the project will be sustained in the long term. The aim is to achieve consistency and to further improve the sustainability of the path taken.
Environmental protection and social and economic sustainability are important issues for the skilled crafts. What role do environmental protection and sustainability play in the project?
German master craftsmen and -women are increasingly involved in the project, for whom the topics of environmental protection and sustainability are on the one hand part of their standard repertoire of assignments in development cooperation (DC) or international vocational training cooperation and on the other hand are also their own concern. Thus, these topics are always automatically considered and effectively anchored in the project.
What effects does Corona have on the project? How do you deal with it?
Business trips of chamber employees and short-term experts are currently not possible. In this situation, it has proven to be enormously helpful that the project operates with a long-term expert who has remained in Zambia and continues to steer the project with the help of local staff. In addition, digital formats will be used, e.g. educational films, which provide complementary knowledge to the training content.
In which direction can the current project be further developed and how could the cooperation be structured in the future?
In the final phase of the project (phasing out), the focus is on consolidation. Further cooperation without financial means is aimed at, even though this may be difficult without on-site contact. Furthermore, it is important to maintain the trustful, part-national exchange beyond the project cooperation.
What interests does your organization have in this cooperation? What benefits do you derive from it?
Zambia stands out as a country with political stability and a market economy. It offers a market-oriented, economic environment for using existing resources for economic growth and socio-economic development. Such an environment is also of interest to larger, internationally active handicraft enterprises – and thus also to Chamber member companies. Therefore, the chamber plays a pioneering role for these companies.
In addition, by contributing its expertise, the Chamber contributes to the expansion and worldwide strengthening of the dual education system, from which our country will also benefit considerably in the medium to long term.