I am happy to greet you and to present to you DON BOSCO TECH AFRICA.
Don Bosco Tech Africa is an initiative and creation of CIVAM (Conference of Salesian Provincials of Africa and Madagascar). It is mandated to coordinate all the Don Bosco Technical and Vocational Education and Training Centres (TVET) in Africa and Madagascar, empowering them to serve the interests of the marginalized youth. It is registered as an NGO in Kenya with international status and hence authorized to operate within the given legal framework.
The journey leading to the establishment of Don Bosco Tech Africa was a long and difficult one, considering the fact that we have 97 TVET centers spread across 35 countries in Africa and Madagascar with 3 languages. The idea of coordinating our TVET centers in Africa and Madagascar emerged at the CIVAM meeting in 2004 held in South Africa. The progress was slow. In 2010 a committee made up of TVET delegates from the Salesian provinces and vice-provinces of the Africa-Madagascar region was established with the aim of coordinating and animating the sector in the region. In 2013 two experts conducted a study; one for the French speaking countries and the other for English and Portuguese speaking countries within the Don Bosco centers in Africa-Madagascar
The results and recommendations of this study, together with a meeting of all the TVET representatives from all the provinces in Africa and Madagascar lead to the formal launching of Don Bosco Tech Africa. The meeting was also attended by Fr. Americo Chaquisse (Regional superior for Africa-Madagascar), Fr. Fabio Attard (General Councilor for Youth Ministry) Fr. Guilermo Basanes (General Councilor for Missions), representatives from Don Bosco Mondo Germany, Via Don Bosco Belgium and VIS.
For administrative and practical purposes of DBTA, the Africa and Madagascar region is divided into three zones (English, Portuguese and French) and each zone having a number of provinces and each province having a number of countries and centers.
The office now has two members of staff, with some of the structures in place, like the Zonal TVET Coordinators and Province TVET coordinators. It already has a strategic plan ready for the years 2017 – 2019.
A big word of thanks to the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco, to his council, our Don Bosco Network Partners, the provincial superiors of Africa and Madagascar, our Zonal TVET coordinators and to the Province TVET coordinators who have contributed in a big way to make Don Bosco Tech Africa a reality.
We aim to surge ahead with this initiative of empowering our TVET centers across the continent so that they can offer quality skills training and thus empower and enrich the lives of our marginalised youngsters.
Yours in Don Bosco
Fr. George Tharaniyil (TJ)
Don Bosco Tech Africa