PEFA to promote excellence among women – THE FIRST PRIVATE PRESS AGENCY IN TOGO

Prime Minister Victoire Tomégah-Dogbé, after the launch of academic activities for the second PEFA promotion, December 15, 2022

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Officially launched on March 8, 2021, the Program of Excellence for Women in Africa (PEFA) is making good progress. The kickoff for this presidential initiative was given in September 2021 and already, 120 young women have been enrolled: 60 in the process of integrating into the private and public sector and 60 in training.

This training is essentially based on fundamental pillars, namely methods of the world of work, leadership and entrepreneurship.

PEFA is one of the initiatives carried out by the Togolese Head of State Faure Gnassingbé, to promote excellence among Togolese women.

Togo is also the first country where this continental-scale program was launched. The program aims to ultimately reach 1,000 young African women.

This presidential initiative, designed to complement the curriculum, is essentially based on four pillars, including business skills, leadership, openness to the world and entrepreneurship. PEFA thus aims to be a crucible for strengthening the capacities of young women on concrete methodologies in the world of work.

The Togolese executive intends, through this initiative, to train a new generation of young women leaders, capable of performing well, while having a positive impact within their ecosystem.

‘Strong women’

“Our African societies simply need strong women”, insisted in September 2021 (during the launch of this program), Dodzi Kokoroko, minister responsible for primary, secondary and technical education and crafts.

The beneficiaries were selected after written tests and interviews on the basis of four criteria: analytical and logical skills, structured thinking, clarity of communication and leadership potential.

In addition to these criteria, any aspiring woman must be aged 20 to 30, have at least a bachelor’s degree or be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree 3 program at the universities of Togo. Young women with a bachelor’s or master’s degree, unemployed and not enrolled in a university program are also strongly encouraged to apply.

The training provided is specific and requires availability of a minimum of one day and 15 hours per week for the duration of the program and for a full-time internship of 2 to 4 months with a partner.

Successful participants are equipped with a personal laptop and receive a monthly allowance for phone credit and transportation. With all these conditions in place, young women emerge from their training transformed, more confident and definitely ready to participate in the growth of the national economy.

At the end of their training, the beneficiaries of this completely free program are made available to various institutions in the private or public sector or even on their own account.

Thus, they will be able to co-carry the socio-economic development of Togo with their talent and the knowledge acquired. FIN

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