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Master Craftsmen Training

Master Craftsmen Training Project I

Mali - Lux-Development - 2011-2012

Mali has a large and rich experience in the transmission of crafts and professions. Its origins come from a traditional society in which acquiring practical skills is the only way of professional training. Within this society, learning has its cultural roots and is supported at all levels of social organization, family, clan, tribe, village, etc.

Knowledge and expertise are hand over to the next generation by mimicry. Production is essentially craft-type and evolution of knowledge and techniques are evolving slowly.

Mali is confronted with a serious crisis of youth unemployment, particularly in provinces and rural areas. Various programs of formal education and classical training for vocations, developed in the last ten years, have failed to provide a solution and the situation is worsening.

The Malian Ministry of Professional Training has decided to try the last chance program: restoring, organizing and modernizing the old classical system of apprenticeship.

In order to have this mechanism of continuous professional training, skills and learning in place, the Support Program for Vocational Training and Professional Insertion (PAFIP) in Mali has been initiated by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

World ORT International Cooperation has been selected to develop and implement the two current operational projects.

The PAFIP works directly with the National Directorate of Vocational Training that guides vocational training and apprenticeship within the Regional Departments of Employment and Professional Training of the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training.


The projects aim to support and develop a training program for craftsmen to become apprenticeship masters.

These projects are motivated by the need to contribute to reducing poverty and youth unemployment in the provincial areas of the Bamako District, Segou Region and the circle of Yorosso.

To achieve this goal, the first project has identified and selected more than 500 experienced artisans, representing 50 various professions. For each of these, a specific program is provided to prepare them for the responsibility of apprenticeship masters.

The anticipated outcome of these projects will be to have a higher percentage of qualified and certified young professionals improving their chances to find work or develop their own business.


  • Analyze the training needs for the artisans to become master craftsmen capable of training apprentices.
  • Developing competency frameworks for master craftsmen according to the evolution of their profession.
  • Develop training modules for the master craftsmen.
  • Accompany the entity in charge of the project for the implementation of the following activities:
    • Train master craftsmen and certify their skills.
    • Support the educational monitoring of the master craftsmen by the trainers trainer.
    • Evaluate the apprenticeship system.
    • Support the integration of training programs within the national certification of learning and accreditation of prior experience.

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A team of 7 people is running this project from our offices in Segou and Bamako. It includes international experts from Canada and various African countries and Malian experts.

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