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Our series of Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET conferences continues 15 and 16 June 2021 in our virtual venue. Join us for an exchange of innovative ideas and experiences among TVET stakeholders to enhance peer learning!

The plenary and breakout sessions take place from 10:00 to 15:00 CEST with plenty of opportunities for networking and interaction among participants. Recordings of each session and other materials will remain available in the online platform following the conference.

Coming six weeks after the bridging conference involving stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific and European regions, Bridging Africa and Europe: New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET is organized by the BILT project and co-hosted by University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Created as a platform to explore the challenges and practical solutions in the area of new qualifications and competencies related to digitalization, entrepreneurship, greening and migration in TVET, the conference encourages dialogue about the relevance, innovativeness, and applicability of the presented approaches to different contexts.

TVET stakeholders from Africa and Europe will present and discuss successful practices around the identification of new qualifications and competencies, their integration into curricula and training regulations, and their implementation in teaching and training. Participants will also have the chance to examine the preliminary results of a three-volume publication on the processes of identification, integration and implementation at different systemic levels.

The Bridging Africa and Europe conference is one of several aspects of the BILT project that contribute to the following goals:

Improved knowledge:

  • Innovation and Learning Practices on new qualifications and competencies identified – as its own independent BILT theme, or in relation to digitalization, greening, entrepreneurship and migration.
  • Challenges and solutions related to the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies in TVET specific to Africa are addressed.
Stronger UNEVOC Network:

  • Increased exchange among TVET stakeholders from Africa and Europe is fostered.
Engagement with BILT:

  • Stakeholders are aware of engagement opportunities with the BILT project in 2021.





This event is co-hosted by University of Cape Coast

- a UNEVOC Centre -




Agenda

Conference moderators:
Ms Vera Hark, BILT Project Manager, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Germany
Ms Sarah Darkwa, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Mr Wilson Lima Junior, BILT Project Manager, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Day 1, 15 June 2021

Times are indicated in CEST. Our virtual doors are open from 10:30 am CEST onwards.

11:00 – 11:15 CEST
Opening
Mr Jens Liebe, Team Leader for Innovation and the Future of TVET, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Welcome remarks
  • Mr John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister Designate for Education, Ghana, on behalf of Mr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister, Ministry of Education, Ghana
  • Ms Catrin Hannken, Deputy Director-General for VET, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
  • Ms Soo-Hyang Choi, Director, UNESCO-UNEVOC
11:15 – 11:30 CEST
Key note
Ms Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union Commission

The keynote speech elaborates on the key challenges and needs to further improve TVET in Africa as well as the relevant policies that explain the development targets. It reflects on how an exchange with European institutions could support these efforts.
11:30 – 11:45 CEST
Introduction to the Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) project
  • Ms Vera Hark, BILT Project Manager, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Germany
  • Mr Wilson Lima Junior, BILT Project Manager, UNESCO-UNEVOC
11:45 – 13:15 CEST
Creating future oriented TVET systems: New qualifications and competencies for entrepreneurship, digitalization, greening and migration
The session explores innovative practices that address the themes of digitalization, greening, entrepreneurship and migration, highlighting relevant aspects related to the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.
Each thematic presentation will be introduced by a short video and followed by a Q&A session.

Moderators:
  • Ms Sarah Darkwa, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Ms Vera Hark, BIBB, Germany
Speakers:
  1. Entrepreneurship: Mr Kamau Gachigi, Executive Director, Gearbox, Kenya
  2. Migration: Mr Tetteh Padi, Ag. Executive Secretary, Ghana Refugee Board, Ghana
  3. Greening: Mr Koffi Fofié, Director of Initial Vocational Training, Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training, Côte d’Ivoire
  4. Digitalization: Mr Amadou Diawara, CEO and Founder, FAMIB Group, Mali
13:15 - 13:50 CEST
Learning from each other – Bridging regional perspectives on new qualifications and competencies
This session's objective is to highlight and synthesize the main learnings from the four initiatives and their discussion. It aims to explore how Europe and Africa can benefit from each other’s experience regarding the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies in TVET.

Moderator: Ms Margherita Roiatti, Senior Research Fellow, Fondazione ADAPT, Italy
Panelists:
  • Mr Nicholas Ouma, Senior Youth Advisor in the Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (ESTI) Department, African Union Commission
  • Mr Joao Santos, Senior Expert in the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion, European Commission
13:50 - 14:10 CEST
Break

14:10 – 14:55 CEST
Breakout sessions “Social partner perspectives on new qualifications and competencies”
The process of identifying, integrating and implementing new qualifications and competencies has greatly evolved as a multi stakeholder endeavor. Social partners, including the private sector, have an active role in this process which goes beyond addressing skills shortages and immediate manpower needs. Companies, as members of business associations and the community, have been constantly adapting to the disruptions and contributing to the development of new qualifications and competencies. This session aims to look at the perspective of private sector in preparing the workforce of the future.

Blue Room, breakout session 1
This session will walk you through examples on how public private partnerships in TVET can contribute to quality assurance in the process of identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.
Moderator: Mr Wilson Lima Junior, UNESCO-UNEVOC
Panelists:
  • Mr Peter Kuroshi, Registrar and Secretary of Council, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria
  • Mr Louis van Huyssteen, National Director Training, Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI), South Africa

    Orange Room, breakout session 2
    Join this session to learn from ATTC’s principal how collaboration with international companies helps to deliver relevant training. A representative from Knauf Ghana, seasoned ATTC partner, will bring the perspective of the private sector.
    Moderator: Ms Vera Hark, BIBB
    Panelists:
  • Mr Arko Dometey, Principal, Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC), Ghana
  • Mr Osafo Amakye, Training Manager, Knauf Ghana

    Green Room, breakout session 3
    Integrating 4IR in the national curriculum: The Cisco Networking Academy in South Africa. Join us to find out how the Department for Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Cisco collaborate to make South Africa’s TVET system and the country’s workforce fit for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
    Moderator: Ms Natalie Ax, UNESCO-UNEVOC
    Speakers:
  • Mr Alfie (Altaaf) Hamid, Manager: Global Partnerships, Cisco Corporate Affairs on “Cisco Networking Academy”
  • Mr Masilu David Modiba, Deputy Director for TVET Colleges Curriculum Development and Support, Department for Higher Education and Training, South Africa

15:05 - 15:15 CEST
Closing Day 1
  • Ms Sarah Darkwa, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Mr Michael Schwarz, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Germany

Day 2, 16 June 2021

Times are indicated in CEST. Our virtual doors are open from 10:30 am CEST onwards.

10:30 - 10:55 CEST
Online arrival, parallel information sessions
Opportunity to explore the virtual venue, consult the info booth and visit the networking lounge. Opportunity to join one of the information sessions.

Blue Room, Info session 1
How to submit an ‘Innovation and Learning Practice’

Ms Alexandra Filippova, Programme Assistant, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Orange Room, Info session 2
UNESCO-UNEVOC's online tools and services

Mr Max Ehlers, Team Leader for Knowledge Management and IT, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Green Room, Info session 3
International cooperation at University of Cape Coast

Mr Kwaku A. Boakye, Dean of International Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

11:00 - 11:15 CEST
Opening day 2
Ms Dora Francisca Edu-Buandoh, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, on behalf of Mr Johnson Nyarko Boampong, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Keynote: New qualifications and competencies – a continuous challenge & opportunity for TVET systems
Mr Oliver Diehl, Deputy Head of Division 'Innovation in Vocational Training' at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
11:15 - 11:25 CEST
Introducing the “three I’s”
The introduction aims to develop a deeper understanding of the conditions for the “three I’s” process developed by the BILT expert group: identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.
  • Ms Vera Hark, BIBB, Germany
  • Mr Wilson Lima Junior, UNESCO-UNEVOC
11:35 - 12:50 CEST
Parallel breakout sessions
Continuing on the “three I’s”, three parallel breakout sessions delve deeper into the processes of identifying, integrating and implementing new qualifications and competencies. Each session – conducted in parallel – explores essential elements of the process and presents examples from TVET systems that can serve as a starting point and inspiration for stakeholders in other contexts.

Blue Room, breakout session 1
Identifying new qualifications and competencies - suitable approaches and instruments

This session aims to explore challenges and solutions faced by TVET systems in identifying relevant and future-oriented qualifications and competencies in a fast-evolving technological scenario.

Moderator: Ms Christina Hong, President, Technological and Higher Education Institute (THEi), Hong Kong, China
Panelists:
  • Ms Inga Schad-Dankwart, Senior Researcher, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Germany
  • Ms Ellah Matshediso, Director, Human Resource Development Planning-Supply, Human Resource Development Council (HRDC), Botswana
  • Mr Konstantinos Pouliakas, Senior Expert, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)

Orange room, breakout session 2
Integrating new qualifications and competencies into curricula and training regulations

The objective of this session is to understand the hurdles and catalysts to design flexible and appealing curricula, increasing lifelong learning opportunities to students and learners. We will also explore the existing interfaces with the processes of identification and implementation.

Moderator: Ms Verena Schneider, Senior Researcher, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Germany
Panelists:
  • Mr Samuel Thompson, Coordinator, Policy and Planning, Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Ghana
  • Mr Longino Dingli, Deputy Director, Automotive Engineering & IET Foundation, and
  • Mr Roberto Tiscio, Deputy Director of the Institute of Engineering and Transport Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST), Malta

Green room, breakout session 3
Implementing new qualifications and competencies through new teaching and training approaches

The sessions aims to take stock of the diverse institutional settings in place in Africa and Europe and how they condition the evolvement of the teaching and training practice.

Moderator: Ms Kelly Shiohira, JET Education Services, South Africa
Panelists:
  • Ms Christina Boateng, Senior Lecturer, Department of VOTEC, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Ms Adrijana Hodak, Head of Intercompany training centre, School Center Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • Mr Edson Mendes, Deputy General Director, Training and Metrology Department, Center for Renewable Energies and Industrial Maintenance (CERMI), Cape Verde

13:00 - 13:40 CEST
Connecting the three I's: main learnings from the breakout sessions
The panelists will present the main takeaways from each breakout session while highlighting the interplay between the identification, integration and implementation of new qualifications and competencies.

Moderator: Mr Wilson Lima Junior, UNESCO-UNEVOC
Panelists:
  • Ms Christina Hong, THEi, Hong Kong, China
  • Ms Verena Schneider, BIBB, Germany
  • Ms Kelly Shiohira, JET Education Services, South Africa
13:40 - 14:00 CEST
________________________
Closing of the conference
Objective: wrap up the event and look at the next steps for the BILT project until December 2021; highlight the existing opportunities for TVET institutions from across the globe to engage in the project’s activities.
  • Ms Sarah Darkwa, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Mr Jens Liebe, UNESCO-UNEVOC

Background

Innovation and Learning Practices: innovative initiatives that address current challenges to TVET systems

As part of the BILT project, UNESCO-UNEVOC and BIBB are calling for submissions of innovative initiatives that address current challenges related to global trends in TVET systems in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe. Selected initiatives will be published as examples of best practice.

To learn more about the concept and to submit your initiative for evaluation, please visit BILT - Submit ILP. Already published Innovation and Learning Practices are accessible at the BILT Online Library.

Major outcomes of the Trends Mapping Study “Trends in New Qualifications and Competencies for TVET. Perspectives of the European UNEVOC Network”

The aim of BILT’s Trends Mapping Study is to identify trends in new qualifications and competencies as society, economies and labour markets evolve in ever-faster cycles. With relevant new qualifications and competencies identified, the Trends Mapping Study explores innovative strategies for their integration into curricula and training regulations. It further explores options for the implementation of new qualifications and competencies in teaching and training through the use of new methods and technologies, as well as adequate teacher and trainer training. Selected working examples of applied projects and initiatives offer a wide range of illustrations.


Trends in New Qualifications and Competencies for TVET - Perspectives of the European UNEVOC Network

Trends Mapping Study
This Trends Mapping Study is part of the Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET project. It draws on a selection of relevant literature, the data collected from the UNEVOC Network using an online survey and focus group activities, as well as on inf ...

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About the BILT Project

The BILT project is a reference point for innovation and learning in TVET through network collaboration within Europe, and in a bridging process with African and Asian partners, while developing a set of practically-oriented publications related to New Qualifications and Competencies. The project complements national developments to explore and support innovative, market-oriented and attractive modes of learning and cooperation in TVET.

Having national qualifications and competencies in view, the BILT Project supports collaboration activities that are targeted to better understand the state-of-play and enhance national as well as multi-national TVET capacities, to generate new knowledge and to share information on national TVET practices, e.g. through innovation and learning examples and implementation examples. In 2021, a structured exchange on the respective topic takes place between the European, African, and Asian and the Pacific UNEVOC Centres as well as other interested TVET stakeholders.





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