Project profile — Education for Employment in Tunisia


Colleges and Institutes Canada(previously named ACCC) (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011137)
2019-02-05 - 2023-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Tunisia (100.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Teacher training (11130) (40.00%)
• Post-Secondary Education: Advanced technical and managerial training (11430) (40.00%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


The project aims to increase the economic power of young adults, particularly women living in the most disadvantaged regions of Tunisia. The project activities include: 1) support the Higher Institutes of Technological Studies (ISET) in the development of training program according to the competency-based approach in the sectors of maintenance of agricultural machinery, ecotourism, renewable energies and agrifood; 2) the establishment of a Business Relations Office, including a student placement service and a graduate monitoring service; 3) support the ISET network in the development and implementation of the gender equality strategy promoting the training and employability of female graduates; 4) provide technical and pedagogical training to women and men working as teachers or directors within the ISET network. The project plans to directly benefit 1200 graduates (45% women), 40 professors and 175 management staff within the ISET network, and professionals from various targeted ministries. The project also expects to indirectly benefit 27,745 graduates and their families for a total of about 110,000 people (50% women).

Expected results 

The expected results of this project include: (1) better matching of training provision with the employment needs of young women and men; and (2) improvement of equity and equal employment opportunities for women with higher education degrees.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) facilitated the graduation of 51 students, of whom 22 have found jobs in their respective fields, and 16 have pursued a Master’s degree; (2) trained 41 teachers in improved pedagogical techniques, of whom 21 went on to train their colleagues; (3) trained 43 individuals in soft skills, of whom 24 women; (4) trained 41 individuals in feminist entrepreneurship, of whom 24 women; (5) trained 80 academic staff on developing and teaching gender-sensitive curriculums, of whom 52 women; (6) trained 56 academic staff in developing and teaching competency-based curriculum; (7) held an ecotourism forum and provided capacity-building to 41 participants, of whom 18 women; (8) organized multiple visits to Canada to encourage knowledge-sharing and foster networks between participating Canadian and Tunisian academic institutions; (9) provided 1,237 students with training on feminist entrepreneurial topics; (10) facilitated the signing of 37 agreements between Tunisian academic institutions and enterprises, entrepreneurial associations and public organizations to better align academic curriculums with industry needs; (11) organized an event on female employability and entrepreneurship attended by 70 participants, of whom 40 women; and (12) held 10 sessions on gender equality and female empowerment, employability and entrepreneurship attended by 853 participants, of whom 535 women.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
03-10-2023 Disbursement $441,582
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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