Bulletin No. 24
1 Editorial
2 News
3 UNEVOC Network
4 UNEVOC Centre News
5 Resources
6 UNEVOC e-Forum
7 Visitors to UNESCO-UNEVOC

1 Editorial


It was last year that 700 TVET experts came together during the UNESCO Third TVET Congress in Shanghai, China to discuss the transformation of TVET and set the international agenda for the next five years. Since then, significant progress has been made in strengthening the capacity of the UNEVOC Network to become key actors in enhancing the relevance and quality of TVET. This has been illustrated by several meetings organized in and outside of the UNEVOC premises in Bonn, Germany in the first half of 2013.

The consultations workshops on the “Regional Plan of Action 2013” held in Bonn, Germany, convened Cluster Coordinators from all regions to identify key priorities and activities, and demonstrated the commitment of UNEVOC Network Members in responding to the recommendations of the Shanghai Consensus. This dedication has been further highlighted by the signing of the ‘’Memorandum of Agreement’’ between UNESCO and the President of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) for closer cooperation in the areas of Greening TVET and Youth Employment.

In the second quarter of 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC was also present during a number of events, of which our participation at the 42nd WorldSkills Competition 2013 held in in Leipzig, Germany from 1 to 7 July 2013, was an absolute highlight. Hundreds of young skilled people from all over the world, accompanied by their teachers and trainers, came together to evaluate themselves against international benchmarks in a number of skills sectors. UNESCO-UNEVOC co-organized and participated in two side events in collaboration with UNIDO and DWA, and was also present at the WorldSkills Market place together with BIBB.
Building on the wealth of knowledge offered by the online TVET community, UNESCO-UNEVOC organized two virtual conferences on the UNEVOC e-Forum. A lively debate on the implications of the ICT revolution for TVET was followed by a most needed discussion on the role of TVET in tackling youth unemployment, an issue that is of serious concern for both industrialized and developing countries. Participants from all regions and a wide range of professional backgrounds came together to share their experiences, practices and concerns on these issues for a 2-week period. The contributions of participants were invaluable and we would like to invite you to have a look in this newsletter where you will find a selection of e-Forum discussions held recently.

The UNESCO-UNEVOC team is preparing for the 5 regional meetings to be organized in all regions of the world in the next months, providing the unique opportunity to enhance the collaboration between UNEVOC Centres and TVET experts from all regions across the world, and learn about the most promising practices in TVET.

It fills us with great pride to share with you Bulletin 24 of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training and welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Shyamal Majumdar

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When TVET takes center stage
WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, the Olympics for skilled youth

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"And the gold medal goes to: Republic of Korea!" An enthusiastic crowd of thousands of spectators heard this twelve times in the closing ceremony of the World Skills competition 2013. Highly skilled young women and men between the age of 17 and 22 from 53 countries had competed for five days in 46 skills. And 200,000 visitors came to watch them demonstrate their skills at the Leipzig fairgrounds, the majority of them school children. Who would have thought that wall and floor tiling can be so exciting to watch? And yet it was: the winner 2013 is Thomas Liebenauer from Austria. Asked about his career aspirations, he says: "After winning the Gold medal in Leipzig, I plan to start a new company."

Every two years, hundreds of young skilled people from all over the world, accompanied by teachers and trainers, come together to evaluate themselves against international benchmarks in six skill sectors: Transportation and Logistics, Construction and Building Technology, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Creative Arts and Fashion, and Social and Personal Services.

Audrey Foo from Singapore won the gold medal in health and social care. She is pursuing a nursing diploma and had to demonstrate her skills in three scenarios under a different care setting each day. She also had to sit for a daily theory test in which participants needed to answer every question correctly. She hopes to be an Advanced Practice Nurse in the future so that she can care for patients and also “be a voice” for her fellow nurses. More

Country representatives praised their young workers: "The winners of this competition can contribute directly to the initiative undertaken by Malaysia to develop workers of an international standard," Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Ismail Abdul Muttalib said when sending off his national team to Leipzig. Mark Callaghan, the WorldSkills Australia chief executive, took pride in 4 medals and 14 Medallions of excellence won by the Australian team: "We officially have some of the world’s best-skilled men and women, which is a testament to their hard work and dedication, as well as the quality of the VET system in Australia,” he said. “We hope this encourages more young Australians to consider a vocational education and training pathway as a viable first-choice career option."

In many countries, the praise for the winners is not limited to words. The Republic of Korea exempts Gold medal winners from Military service. More

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre participated in WorldSkills for the first time, and co-organized a number of activities during the event. A UNEVOC booth informed about UNESCO’s initiatives in TVET and the UNEVOC Network. Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, addressed participants on many occasions. In a panel on UNIDO’s "Green Industry Initiative" he delivered a presentation on the role of TVET in advancing greening industry which was very well received. In a session called "Promising Practices from UNESCO’s global UNEVOC Network" representatives from UNEVOC Centres reported on examples of innovative use of ICT for improving access and quality of vocational training.


WorldSkills Leipzig 2013: UNEVOC Network members presenting innovative uses of ICT in TVET

Water technicians – the hidden champions? Conference during WorldSkills Leipzig

Press release pre-conference event "Green Industrial Skills for Sustainable Development – Risks and Challenges for Least Developed Countries"

Water technicians – the hidden champions? Conference during WorldSkills Leipzig

In parallel to the skills competitions during WorldSkills in Leipzig, UNESCO-UNEVOC was also a partner to a number of conferences and lectures. On Thursday 4 July 2013, the German Water and Wastewater Association (DWA) organized a one-day conference on "Water technicians – the hidden champions?"

The aim of the conference was to uncover the hidden talent of skilled workers in the water sector, whose work all too often takes place underground or behind fences. Indeed, good-quality work in water and wastewater treatment is work that goes unnoticed by the general population that benefits from a well-functioning water sewage and treatment system. The conference participants discussed what can be done to improve education and training in the different professions related to the water skills sector at the international level, and to raise the image of the water and wastewater professions.

UNESCO-UNEVOC was represented by its UNEVOC Network member from Australia: Peter Holden from TAFE Directors Australia gave a presentation on "Greening TVET – a world perspective" and shared the aims and goals of UNESCO-UNEVOC for sustainable development and green skills, with Australia as a country case study. He also presented the booklet on Skills Challenges in the Water and Wastewater Industry jointly published by UNESCO-UNEVOC and DWA.

Speakers included among others, water specialists from the International Water Association (IWA), GWOPA/UN-HABITAT, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), the Water Environment Federation and Dresden Technical University.

In addition to the conference, the German Water Association ran a demonstration of skills in the water sector in the WorldSkills competition hall. Specialists presented their skills in several disciplines related to water such as "water supply technology specialist", "wastewater engineer" and "pipe, sewer and industrial service specialist".

The skills demonstration and conference were funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The event was organized by DWA jointly with the UN-Water Decade Programme in Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) in partnership with UNESCO-UNEVOC.


When TVET takes center stage WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

WorldSkills Leipzig 2013: UNEVOC Network members presenting innovative uses of ICT in TVET

Photo at the top © UNESCO-UNEVOC: Water skills display. A water technician is being lowered down a manhole

UNESCO-UNEVOC attends iMOVE India Network

© UNESCO / Brendan O'Malley
On 10 July 2013, Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of Office of UNESCO-UNEVOC, has attended the iMove Network India in Dresden, Germany. Organized in cooperation with the Federation of Indian Commerce and Industry and the National Skill Development Corporation the event aimed at promoting the German-India collaboration in TVET. Mr Shyamal Majumdar delivered a keynote speech, in which he outlined Technical Vocational Education and Training from the international perspective and highlighted the importance of TVET in present times. Mr Majumdar urged for TVET to be transformed first and then scaled up in order to meet global demand. Furthermore, Mr Majumdar shared the key messages of the UNESCO Global Monitoring Report on Youth and Skills, and the role of the UNEVOC Network in transforming TVET, addressing key challenges of quality, capacity and public-private partnership (PPP).

Present were, Dilip Chenoy, Executive Directory of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Dr. Mrutyunjay Sarangi, Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), representatives from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Jetking Infotran Ltd. India and the Centre for Research and Industrial Staff Performance.
The event successfully provided German training providers the opportunity to engage with representatives from the Indian vocational education and training market and vice versa.

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UNESCO-UNEVOC participates in High-level Policy Dialogue on education and socio-economic development
in Lao People's Democratic Republic

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On 18 June 2013, Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, has joined over 50 representatives from various ministries, international development agencies and the private sector. The meeting took place in Vientiane, People’s Democratic Republic of Lao,and set its aim to identify future education policy directions of Lao PDR.

Organized by the Ministry of Education and Sport of Lao PDR, the event focused on the national education policy reform directions needed towards supporting progress in terms of social and economic growth in Lao PDR.

The event was attended by representatives from multiple sectors within the Ministry of Education and Sports Lao PDR, and other ministries including the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Public Work and Transport, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Justice.

Among the international development partners present were Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID), The United Nations Children's Fund ( UNICEF), Asian Development Bank ( ADB), World Bank, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (DVV International).

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In an opening speech, Mr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO, emphasized the importance of holding a high-level, inter-ministerial and multi-stakeholder dialogue on the future of education and training in Lao PDR.

Mr Shyamal Majumdar focused his presentation on the three priority areas for the development of TVET in Lao PDR, namely improving the quality of TVET, enhancing the management and administration, and strengthening public-private partnership. He also emphasized the importance of transforming TVET systems instead of merely scaling them up. This was earlier discussed at the Third International Congress on TVET held in May 2012 in Shanghai, China.

Other sessions evolved around the need for advancing the quality assurance system of TVET and increasing its accessibility and public awareness.

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UNESCO-UNEVOC hosts workshop on skills for sustainable growth through networking
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Bonn, Germany

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During this year’s Global Media Forum organized by Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle from 17 to 19 June 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC ran a workshop that brought together education specialists to discuss how equipping people with the right skills can contribute to economic growth in a sustainable way.

Alix Wurdak introduced the mandate of UNESCO for skills development: to promote learning that prepares people for the workplace to and advocate for skills development as an important part of development policy. UNESCO believes that the right skills can help building sustainable livelihoods and societies. The skills and knowledge that people bring to the workplace have an important role in advancing the economy, but not only that: it is the working population’s knowledge and skills that help determine how sustainable an economy is – in the social, economic and environmental sense. "The wealth of a country lies in its people’s knowledge and skills."

While green skills are needed in renewable energy jobs, they are also needed in existing occupations. For both, an awareness of one’s impact on the environment is crucial. The role of UNESCO-UNEVOC is to bring governments and institutions together around shared goals on how to live and work sustainably, and to pool countries’ knowledge and expertise on how to achieve this. This is why UNESCO maintains an international network to TVET institutions around the world, and offers peer consultation and learning through its various activities, for example on its online discussion forum

From recipient to donor country: the Republic of Korea

Ms Jisun Chung explained how investment in TVET after the Korean War contributed to the rapid development of the South Korean economy. Since the country has no natural resources, the only strategy to overcome poverty was to invest in people’s skills. "Today, the Republic of Korea is the only country that has moved from receiving development aid to being a donor country", according to the OECD. TVET has played a crucial role in this development. The example of Korea serves as a good benchmark for developing countries to understand how a successful transformation works, and the country receives many requests for policy advice from developing countries. This is why it has taken on a coordinating role within the UNEVOC Network in Asia, to enhance the exchange of information and knowledge and to improve the coordination of TVET research, policy and delivery that is in keeping with the interests that are specific to the Asian context.

In order to produce more sustainably, Ms Chung highlighted the importance of cooperation between industry and academia, which has an important role in ensuring that the creativity and potential of human resources is utilized, and people are taught to think independently and make informed decisions about the way their work affects the environment.

© Deutsche Welle
Norway and Uganda: a partnership

Ronny Sannerud presented the Norwegian TVET system, which has a long tradition in this country rich in resources such as oil, gas and fishery. Industry in Norway is based on natural resources. Utilizing these wisely while expanding renewable sources is necessary for Norway to be able to sustain its economy in the future. Environmental questions are therefore integrated in the curriculum, not only in theory but also in practice.

Half of Norway’s young people are in TVET, with two years at school and two years spent in the industry. 60 percent of jobs are in small companies with fewer than 20 staff. Their role in training is crucial: "Norway is a high-cost country, which means we have to work smart." Since these small companies make up 50 per cent of the value creation, they need skilled apprentices to compete in a demanding environment. Negotiation skills and the ability to adapt to future technologies are important competencies. Norway is engaged in the UNEVOC Network to share ideas and good practices in this regard, meet colleagues from other countries, and raise the international profile of the institution. Since there are few international benchmarks, it is important to have a place where ideas can be tested and shared.

Prof. Habib Kato from Kyambogo University in Uganda showed photos of his institution to explain what skills development looks like in Uganda, which has one of the youngest populations in the world and an economy largely based on agriculture. In Uganda there are two scenarios for skilling young people: the informal sector, and formal training. Informal training is community-based, and people learn at the workplace. "Formal education offers accredited courses and degrees, but can easily get detached from the reality of society." There is a risk that vocational learning offered in the "ivory tower" of a university will not be adapted to the reality of the working population.
To bridge this gap, Kyambogo together with Akershus University College have developed a vocational pedagogy degree that prepares young teachers for the professions they are going to teach by including communities, social partners and work places.

With regard to international cooperation, Mr Kato pointed out that "our culture affects the way we produce things." For example, it would not be appropriate for a woman to climb a tree in Uganda, whereas in other countries it is. Being able to find out why and how things are done in other countries challenges us by making us reconsider our approach, and by enabling us to pick what works best for us.

Eckart Lilienthal enriched the discussion with insight and experience from Germany, which has felt a rise in interest in its vocational education system after the country did well during the global financial crisis. Despite this, vocational education is not at the centre of educational policy reform: the focus is usually on school and university. This is a mistake that we should help to fix.




Sound recording of the workshop (soundcloud)

Workshop announcement

Memorandum of Agreement of future collaboration between UNESCO-UNEVOC and BIBB

28 May 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC, UN Campus, Bonn, Germany
On 28 May 2013 a ‘’Memorandum of Agreement’’ has been signed by UNESCO and Professor Dr Weiss on behalf of the President of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). Present were, amongst others, Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Mr. Borhene Chakroun, Head of TVET in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, and Dr. Eckart Lilienthal, Desk Officer of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). To honor this event, a reception was held at the UN premises in Bonn.
The purpose of the Memorandum of Agreement is to cooperate more closely on special projects in the areas of Greening TVET and Youth Employment. Specifically, BIBB will support UNESCO-UNEVOC in these areas by sending two experts from BIBB to work with UNESCO-UNEVOC on these special projects.

This collaboration is inspired by the rising interest and the growing international demand in technical and vocational education and training cooperation. As a result, the immediate need for closer cooperation, usage and strengthening of the UNEVOC Network, of which BIBB is a member, was emphasized as a primary aim.

Mr. Lilienthal stressed the great need for support of UNESCO-UNEVOC's effort to promote the areas of youth employment and Greening TVET in the area of technical and vocational education and training in and outside of Germany.

UNESCO-UNEVOC attends conference on cooperation for sustainable development
Kazan, Russian Federation, 13-14 May 2013

© UNESCO / Aline Henchoz
From 13 to 14 May 2013, Katerina Ananiadou, Programme Specialist at UNESCO-UNEVOC participated in a conference on Improving the mechanisms of cooperation between UNESCO ASPnet, UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs and UNEVOC Centres for Sustainable Development: Challenges, Projects, Prospects, co-organized by the UNESCO IITE, the UNESCO Moscow Office, the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs of the Russian Federation, and the University of Management TISBI. Hosted by the University of Management TISBI, the conference aimed at discussing the outcomes of the pilot project ‘Learning for the Future’, organized by UNESCO IITE and UNESCO ASPnet in Russia, and explored further cooperation mechanisms between different UNESCO structures and networks in the country and region, and more specifically between UNESCO Chairs, ASPnet schools and UNEVOC Centres.

In the opening ceremony, Ms Ananiadou delivered a welcome speech on behalf of the Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, in which she stressed the importance of TVET in addressing global challenges, as well as the role of partnerships and networks in achieving common goals. Ms Ananadiou also presented an overview of UNEVOC's activities during a session on 'the effective mechanisms of cooperation between UNESCO ASPNet, UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs and UNEVOC Centres', in which she highlighted current Network activities, including the streamlining of the Network, as well as UNEVOC’s work in the area of knowledge sharing.

"Adding Value in Water-Related Development"

Session at the International Forum: 'New Trends in Water-Related Capacity Development', 25 April 2013

On the occasion of Wasser Berlin 2013, the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, in collaboration with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) organized a session entitled "Adding Value in Water-Related Capacity Development" during the international forum focusing on new trends in water-related capacity development on 25 April 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The session aimed to raise awareness on some of the current new trends in water-related capacity development; introduce new approaches in water-related capacity development; and discuss the key issues pertaining to new learning technologies and capacity development for professionals and students.

The session was jointly opened by Mr. Reza Ardakanian (UNW-DPC) and Mr. Shyamal Majumdar (UNESCO-UNEVOC) by welcoming panellists from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen University(RWTH), UNW-DPC and UNESCO-UNEVOC to share experiences and challenges in water-related capacity development.

In a joint session which directed an interactive debate between an expert group of panellists and listeners, UNW-DPC and UNESCO-UNEVOC provided an overview of new technological trends, examples of practical experience and possible challenges along the way related to the advancing water-related capacity development for a range of targeted social groups. Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, presented on the role of UNESCO-UNEVOC as a clearinghouse for TVET, and UNEVOC’s work in the areas of emerging skills development especially demanded by the water and wastewater industry. His presentation focused on the emergence of new trends in water-related capacity development in the context of education for sustainable development, and called for an integrated approach and partnership; the use of ICT; the cost effective scaling up of capacity development; and knowledge sharing and dissemination of resource materials.


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UNEVOC Network members present innovative uses of ICT in TVET
Global Skills Marketplace at WorldSkills Leipzig
Leipzig, 5 July 2013

Improving access and quality of vocational training through the innovative use of information and communication technology (ICT). This is the aim of TVET projects implemented by three UNEVOC Centres from Brazil, the Philippines and Germany that were presented in a session called “Promising Practices from UNESCO’s global UNEVOC Network”.

In a session chaired by Max Ehlers of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, three promising practices were presented from countries at different stages of development. Sonia Ana Charchut Lesczcinski from the University of Paranà reported on a project that is currently being started in Brazil, where tablet computers are used as a way to communicate with students in remote areas due to the low cost and availability of such media.

Atty Teodoro Pascua from TESDA in the Philippines shared TESDA’s vision for ICT. The goal of the “National Technical Education and Skills Development Plan (NTESDP) 2011-2016” is to integrate ICT into TVET in order to make it “more accessible, increase quality and improve the teaching and learning process.” Pascua presented the eTESDA network that provides blended learning as an additional mode of delivery for TVET programs. The aim of the TESDA Online Program is to transform classrooms from a tradition learning environment to a technology enabled learning environment. Right now, there are 9 courses available, in areas which are in demand in the Philippines, in areas such as Information Technology, Tourism, and Electronics. Pascua reported also on the challenges in developing high-quality multimedia content and the plans for expanding the program in the next 2 years not only in terms of quantity and reach, but also by introducing and expanding practice and certification modules. Launched in May 2012, the free and open program already has an impressive number of users, not only from the Philippines.

Finally, Michael Härtel from the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), presented a German online knowledge sharing tool for Teachers and Trainers in VET. The portal which is publicly accessible at (in German only) is a well established platform that was started in 2001. It now has 12,000 registered members.

In a second session also chaired by Max Ehlers, Johannes Fleischle from GIZ Magdeburg (which is one of three member organizations of the joint German UNEVOC Centre “TVET for Sustainable Development") presented an example of North-South-South cooperation, together with Bakti Gunawan (P4TK), Hardianto (STTT), and Khamnothammackak Vixayher (IVETS). They participate in the GIZ International Leadership Training (ILT) Program Master Trainer in TVET for young professionals from Vietnam, Indonesia and Laos. The session was called “Global Campus 21 as an effective digital tool for online learning” and showed how the digital learning platform effectively supports learning in the region.

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All Global Skills Marketplace presentations can be accessed online at the WorldSkills Website

The two sessions involving UNEVOC Network members are embedded below.

Innovative Use of ICT in the UNEVOC Network:

Development of ICT based teaching and learning media:

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Learning and Knowledge Sharing Platforms

When TVET takes center stage WorldSkills Leipzig 2013

Water technicians – the hidden champions? Conference during WorldSkills Leipzig

Consultation workshop on the regional plan of action 2013 for Europe

On 17 April 2013 UNESCO-UNEVOC organized a Consultation Workshop on the Regional Plan of Action 2013 for Europe in Bonn, Germany. Cluster Coordinators and representatives from UNEVOC Centres in Germany, Norway and the Russian Federation gathered in Bonn to share their recent progress and activities since the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Forum held from 14 to 16 November 2012, and to finalize the Europe regional plan of action for 2013.

The participants discussed what steps should be taken to further strengthen the UNEVOC Network in the Europe region. Cluster Coordinators were asked to discuss regional priorities and challenges. During the workshop, participants agreed on the key themes to address this year, namely

  • youth and skills, with a specific focus on school-to-work transitions and entrepreneurship; and
  • greening TVET, with a specific focus on teacher training and curriculum development.

These themes will guide the work of the Cluster coordinators and the International Centre in collecting promising practices in this area, and towards the organization of a regional conference to be held later this year.


BIBB, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Bonn, Germany)

UNEVOC Centre “TVET for Sustainable Development” (Magdeburg, Germany)

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Norway)

National Observatory on Vocational Education (Centre for VET Studies, Russian Federation)


UNESCO-UNEVOC organizes consultation workshop on regional plan of action 2013, 18 to 21 March 2013

UNESCO-UNEVOC organizes consultation workshop on regional plan of action 2013
18 to 21 March 2013, Bonn, Germany

From 18 to 21 March 2013, the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre organized a consultation workshop on the "Regional Plan of Action 2013" at the Centre’s premises in Bonn, Germany. As a follow-up to the International Forum in November 2012, the workshop aimed at discussing the modalities of improving communication, strengthening collaboration and enhancing the capacity of the UNEVOC Network and its respective clusters. Specifically, the objectives of the meeting were to finalize the thematic priority for 2013 in each region; identify and determine ways and means of producing promising practices on the thematic priority; to determine a detailed plan of action regarding the regional conferences to be held in each region; and to discuss issues, concerns and challenges related to Network consolidation.

The meeting was attended by 12 Cluster Coordinators from the Asia and Pacific, Africa and the Latin America and Caribbean region. Various group sessions were organized and revolved around discussing the role of the Coordinators in identifying and gathering evidence of promising TVET policies and practices in the proposed thematic areas in line with the 3rd TVET Congress recommendations, namely youth and skills and greening TVET. In small group sessions, Coordinators were requested to identify regional priorities and share recent initiatives undertaken in their respective clusters. The workshop also provided the opportunity for Network Members to share their concerns with regard to the coordination of the global UNEVOC Network. During the meeting, decisions were made regarding the thematic focus and sub themes, namely:

  • Youth and Skills, with a specific focus on school-to-work transitions and entrepreneurship; and
  • Greening TVET, with a specific focus on teacher training and curriculum development

These sub themes will guide the work of the Cluster coordinators and the International Centre in gathering promising practices and towards the organization of a regional conference to be held in each region later this year.

Earlier this month, Coordinators of the Arab States held a meeting via video conference to discuss the regional plan of action 2013, and Coordinators of the Europe and North America region will meet in April to exchange their plans for the upcoming months.

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International conference on regional cooperation in TVET for sustainable development in Africa
2- 8 June 2013, Banjul, The Gambia

The Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) in collaboration the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) organized an international conference on "Regional Cooperation in TVET for Sustainable Development in Africa" from 2 to 8 June 2013 in Banjul, The Gambia. The opening address was delivered by the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Ms Fatou Lamin Faye. She opened her speech with the observation that "TVET is part of the key strategies to improve individual’s well-being and society’s economic and social development", and advocated that deliberate efforts should be made to ensure access for all.

The conference featured some 56 technical papers from eight African countries, including The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda. The conference main theme branched into five sub-themes, comprising:

  • Challenges of sustainable development in African countries
  • Intra-regional collaboration for skills development in Africa
  • Promoting indigenous technology for sustainable development
  • Gender issues in Africa’s sustainable development
  • Innovative curriculum development in Africa’s TVET institutions

The exchange of ideas among the participants proved very stimulating. A special feature of the conference was the keen participation by senior government officials, including the involvement of the Education Ministers and the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mrs Fatou Baye, who is also a former Director-General of GTTI. The Deputy Speaker’s closing address highlighted the initiatives of the Gambian government in skills development for youth employment.

The Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) is a grouping of technical and vocational education (TVE) institutions, mostly polytechnics, from various Commonwealth countries in Africa. CAPA was formed on the recommendation of the 7th Commonwealth Education Ministers Conference held in Accra, Ghana in March 1977. It was envisaged that it would play a role similar to that of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, but with a focus on Africa. CAPA has a membership of about 150 institutions in 17 African countries, and has the main objective of promoting TVET technology transfer and skills development in Africa. CAPA meets twice a year, May/June and November/December, in one of its member countries.


Final report

Communique CAPA


Information about National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in Nigeria
In this information brochure, you can learn more about the goals and activities of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Centre of Excellence in Abuja, Nigeria

CNA-Q to host 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning
From 22 to 24 October 2013, the College of the North Atlantic- Qatar will be hosting the 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2013).

NCVER publishes discussion paper on performance indicators in the VET sector
This paper sets out NCVER's thinking on registered training organization performance indicators including a discussion of the properties indicators should have and statistical and presentation issues.

Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC presents at ACCC Annual Conference
"Ideas Uncorked", 1-3 June 2013, Penticton, Canada

From 1 to 3 June 2013, and on the occasion of the Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), a Pan Canadian UNEVOC Centre, Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, held a key note speech in the framework of the discussion focusing on Transforming Peoples and Communities. In his keynote speech, Mr Majumdar emphasized the need for further involvement of UNEVOC Network Members in transforming TVET in their respective countries. 45 technical and vocational training centres from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Senegal, Nigeria, Bangladesh and India have attended the meeting. Mr Majumdar emphasized his wish to advance their involvement in the Network. He highlighted the importance of UNEVOC, its peer-to-peer learning within the Network and the necessity for partnership to face the challenges of the 21st century.

During the 3-day event, Mr Majumdar held meetings with representatives from existing UNEVOC Centres in the region, including Ms Ann Buller, President from the Centennial College in Canada. Mr Majumdar also spoke to representatives from leading (TVET) institutions, who also expressed an interest in becoming part of the global network and discussions focused on collaborations for mutual benefit.

The Annual Conference of the ACCC entitled “Ideas Uncorked” made it possible for delegates to share ideas and showcase their current developments with regards to their organization and initiatives in post-secondary education. The 19 countries were represented by over 700 institutional leaders, institutional partners, faculty and students.

About ACCC

The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is a national, voluntary membership organization representing colleges and institutes in Canada and internationally. ACCC is the home of the pan-Canadian UNEVOC centre and made it its goal to support learning provided by member institutions. ACCC’s International Partnerships Division, with over 700 projects in 105 countries over the past 30 years, affords opportunities for colleges and institutes to establish institutional linkages and offer students learning opportunities aboard.

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North American UNEVOC Cluster Newsletter May 2013
The first issue of a UNEVOC Newsletter for the North American Cluster has been published on May 1st. It provides a brief overview of UNEVOC Centres in Canada and the US and describes their activities and contributions to the UNEVOC Network.

HEART Trust/NTA officially launches its UNEVOC Centre on 28 May 2013

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The HEART Trust/NTA officially launched its UNEVOC Centre on 28 May 2013. Having been recognized as a Centre in 2007, this official launch, geared towards fostering awareness among internal staff and external stakeholders about the UNEVOC Centre was endorsed by the group of one hundred (100) TVET practitioners who were in attendance. The event was also streamed live to over one thousand, eight hundred (1800) employees of the organization.
Greetings and endorsements were heard from the following key persons:

The key note presenter was Mr. Robert Parua, Act. Director, UNESCO (Kingston Cluster), who ably addressed the gathering on the important role of the UNEVOC Centres regionally and internationally and the impact it can make on economic development as a vehicle for TVET development and integration. Mr. Parua on ‘Global Trends and impact on TVET,’ in his keynote address stated - "TVET has returned back on the national development and international development agendas of both developed and developing countries. For this reason more research, resource sharing, information and innovation in TVET are been undertaken by all stakeholders from governments, NGOs development or funding agencies as economies become more and more globalized."

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Having clearly delineated the roles of the Centre and its expected impact in the region, the ribbon was cut, unveiling the HEART UNEVOC Centre plaque which was then presented to the Executive Director – HEART TRUST/NTA.

Since then, the number of TVET practitioners who have engaged the e-Forum has increased considerably.


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Just published: Synthesis report on e-Forum virtual conference on ICTs for TVET

"What are the implications of the ICT revolution for Technical and Vocational Education and Training?" This question attracted 247 participants from 74 countries to come together online for 2 weeks on the UNEVOC e-Forum, and some of them also joined a one-hour live conference and thought of ways to share promising practices to improve access to vocational education as well as quality.

The virtual conference, organized by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for TVET (Bonn, Germany) from 14 to 28 May 2013 was moderated by Nik Kafka, CEO and founder of Teach A Man to Fish, an international non-governmental organization supporting schools across the developing world, and aimed at opening up dialogue and facilitate the sharing of promising practices on integrating ICTs into TVET. The conversations focused on identifying what ICTs can do to enhance the reach and impact of TVET; which tools are available and how they improve learning outcomes; what ICT skills should young people have to enhance their employability; and which are the common challenges faced by TVET providers, teachers and policy makers in widening access to ICT in all regions of the world.

The virtual conference highlighted that ICTs can greatly contribute to improving the quality of education if used appropriately and has the potential to not only enhance people’s technical skills, but also helps to develop ‘transferrable’ or soft skills supporting lifelong learning. Participants expressed how ICTs in TVET can also enhance the perception of TVET, a form of education that is often regarded as second-class. The discussion further highlighted the need for a flexible and blended approach in incorporating ICTs into TVET, recognizing the crucial role of the teacher in its delivery. Concerns were raised that teachers may not always be prepared to use ICTs in their teaching. Participants recommended investing in on-going training and support for teachers and instructors to ensure the optimal use of ICT tools. Similarly, it was raised that teachers and students should be encouraged to share knowledge and resources online to boost the quality and availability of open educational resources (OER). Concerns were raised that if not addressed appropriately, the ‘digital divide’ is likely to widen, thus deepening existing inequalities. Participants from different parts of the world advocated for reducing the digital divide by providing basic literacy training and involving local communities in utilizing ICT in education. The challenge is to make sure the tools are inclusive and adapted to the local context, recognizing limitations in terms of access and quality.


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Shanghai Update: Follow-up on the Third International TVET Congress

One year ago, over 700 experts in technical and vocational education and training, including 40 ministers and deputy ministers, attended the UNESCO Third International Congress on TVET in Shanghai, China. They came to Shanghai in order to discuss the transformation of TVET and set the international TVET agenda for the next five years. Since then, UNESCO has undertaken a number of steps to implement the key recommendations made to UNESCO at the congress, outlined in the Shanghai Consensus. To inform about the progress, the UNESCO TVET Section and UNESCO-UNEVOC have published the first issue of the ‘Shanghai Update’ newsletter.

Shanghai Update (pdf)

The newsletter will soon also be available in other languages on the UNESCO website

Booklet on Skills Challenges in the Water and Wastewater Industry
Contemporary Issues and Practical Approaches in TVET

In partnership with the DWA (Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall), UNESCO-UNEVOC has published the booklet, “Skills Challenges in the Water and Wastewater Industry: Contemporary Issues and Practical Approaches in TVET”. The booklet serves as an educational and informational reference for TVET educators and practitioners in the areas of emerging skills development especially demanded by the water and wastewater industry. In particular, the booklet explores labour market needs associated with the introduction of new technologies, trades and competencies. Innovation and collaboration has been taken as the broad theme in order to promote appropriate approaches and innovative practices, to cater linkages and configure cooperation between TVET and the water industry, and to foster the development of emerging skills needed in the water sector.

This initiative has been taken as a response to recommendations made by decision makers and educators during UNESCO-UNEVOC International consultation meetings held in Berlin (2009), in Munich (2010) and the International Experts meeting in Bonn in October 2011. Participants from over 30 UNESCO Member States identified that there is a need for staying abreast of current advances in water and wastewater treatment products and services. To this end, the development of practical guidelines including industrial-based learning materials particularly for TVET teachers and trainers was recommended.

The booklet provides an overview of approaches and practices in current TVET policy and programme at regional, national and local levels in response to the changing patterns of the water and wastewater services. Drawing on worldwide knowledge and experience, regional priorities and challenges faced in TVET particularly for the water and wastewater industry are summarized in this booklet. Prominence is given to capacity development in relation to policy implementation, institutions and human resources from a practical perspective.

With the technical expertise provided by DWA, a specialist technical and scientific organization, the brochure discusses what is currently known about the different types of occupations and jobs in the water and wastewater industry and provides a variety of resources to help educators in understanding, planning and configuring their approaches for the development of emerging skills needed for the green transition of the water and wastewater industry.


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Regional synthesis report of Component II: Entrepreneurship education in the Arab States

The UNEVOC-UNESCO International Centre in cooperation with the Regional Bureau for Education-Beirut published the regional synthesis report on Component II of the regional project on entrepreneurship education in the Arab States (2009-2012). With support from the StratREAL foundation, the project aimed at supporting Arab countries in the development of educational policies and programmes to include the concept of entrepreneurship in their formal education systems.

The regional synthesis report on Component II of the initiative highlights the results and outcomes of the project in the four participating countries, namely Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Oman. The regional experiences reflect a growing importance to target youth competencies in a wider range, covering life skills, personal development, business development, and social entrepreneurial skills development. The report concludes that the four-year project contributed to an increased awareness on the importance of entrepreneurship education in the region as a means for knowledge and skills development related to business, industry, and self-employment through the education system and facilitated regional and national cooperation.

Alongside the development of the regional synthesis report, a final evaluation was carried out to assess the outcome and impact of the activities implemented and captured the experiences and lessons learned throughout the project. The evaluation identifies effective methods to realize the integration of entrepreneurship education, with particular reference to concrete recommendations for follow-up action.

The project has demonstrated the importance of a holistic approach to the development of a strong and innovative workforce in the Arab States.

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Regional synthesis report |English|Arabic

Evaluation report |English|Arabic


6 UNEVOC e-Forum

General developments

Current membership: 3,007

Messages: In the period April-July 2013, 765 messages have been distributed via the e-Forum.

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UNESCO-UNEVOC virtual conference on youth and skills From 25 June to 9 July 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC organized a virtual conference on the e-Forum. Moderated by Dr Gita Subrahmanyam, Research Associate with the London School of Economics Public Policy Group and a Senior Consultant at the African Development Bank, the discussion looked at identifying the factors that promote youth employment, touching upon the role of entrepreneurship education and school-to-work transition. A synthesis report on the discussion will be published soon.

Intervention Programmes to Change the Misconceptions about TVET Participants have discussed how TVET is perceived today and how this image can be improved to positively promote career relevant learning.

Skills First or English? A challenge for the Arab Youth who are in TVET An informative discussion focused on whether English should be prioritized over teachings practical skills. Members have shared their ideas on how to effectively approach TVET provision in English for Arab youth.

Quality Assurance of e-learning programmes This exchange dealt with the accreditation of e-learning programmes and which measurements could be used to develop a general Quality Standard for e-Learning Courses. A number of practical ideas as well as challenges that students of e-learning programmes have to face were shared.

7 Visitors to UNESCO-UNEVOC

Director of German Research Center for Comparative Vocational Education and Training visits UNESCO-UNEVOC

On Thursday 13 June 2013, Professor Matthias Pilz and Director of the German Research Center for Comparative Vocational Education and Training (GREAT), University of Cologne) visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre at its premises in Bonn, Germany. Professor Pilz visited to explore the possibilities to strengthen the collaboration between both institutions. In particular, the focus of the discussion was on TVET in rural areas and the promotion of research work in promising practice projects in Greening TVET and Youth & Skills.

During his visit, Prof. Pilz recognized UNESCO-UNEVOC as a valuable asset of UNESCO and expressed his wish to strengthen the collaboration between GREAT and UNESCO-UNEVOC. A follow-up meeting has been planned on the occasion of the next GREAT international conference in Cologne in September 2014, which is organized in collaboration with the Centre for Modern Indian Studies.

Visit of GIZ Innovation Prize holders to UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre

On 6 June, 2013 the GIZ Innovation Prize holders, a prize recognizing international organizations who have engaged in educational projects in developing countries, have come together to visit the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre of Technical and Vocational Education and Training on the UN Premises in Bonn, Germany. Prize holders included: Grohe India, Save the Children House, Bangladesh, Youth Development Project (YDP), Sierra Leone, Don Bosco Institute of Technology, India, s.Oliver Overseas Limited Bangladesh, Project-E e.V.Ethiopia, Börlind GmBH, Instituto Industrial de Maputo, Mozambique. They were accompanied by Dr Reinhard Klose from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The visit was opened by a statement of Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, which was followed by a response by Dr. Klose of the GIZ. In his presentation, Mr Majumdar shared UNESCO-UNEVOC’s objectives, tools and online services. The presentation was followed by a debate with the participants and GIZ on the topic of prospective objectives and activities of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the future.

Representatives of Don Bosco Mondo visit UNESCO-UNEVOC

On 22 May 2013, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed Mr. Christian Osterhaus, Managing Director at Don Bosco Mondo, and his colleagues Mrs Silvia Cromm and Mr Roland Strux to the UNEVOC premises in Bonn, Germany. Earlier this month, Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC visited Don Bosco Mondo to learn more about their work.

The discussion focused on exploring common goals and areas for collaboration, in particular related to UNEVOC’s key priorities in the area of greening TVET, and youth and skills. After the discussion, the visitors were shown around the premises and were introduced to UNEVOC’s online services.

Don Bosco Mondo is committed to supporting disadvantaged children and adolescents from poorer population groups and aims to encourage adolescents all over the world to think independently, take responsibility for others in a new environment and develop skills in order to access education and qualifications. The organization concentrates in its mission on education and educational training for young people that would not attend school or learn a profession otherwise. With vocational training centres around the world Don Bosco enables young people to learn a trade, a profession and skills in order to facilitate future employment.

Representative from FICCI visits UNESCO-UNEVOC

On 17 May 2013, Ms Kamini Issar-Ernst, Senior Director (Germany) at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre to explore ways of collaboration and initiate a dialogue on energy and food security and its relation to skills development in India specifically.
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is an association of business organizations in India. FICCI is a non-governmental organization and draws its membership from the corporate sector, both private and public, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and multinational corporation (MNCs). FICCI’s headquarters are located in New Delhi and has presence in 11 states in India and 8 countries across the world.

Representatives from Felix-Fechenbach-Berufskolleg visit UNESCO-UNEVOC

On 14 May 2013, Norbert Fuhrmann and Karen Deisberg from the Felix-Fechenbach-Berufskolleg in Detmold, Germany, visited UNESCO-UNEVOC to discuss potential areas of collaboration, particularly in the area of teacher training.
Since 2008, UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre has collaborated with the college on a number of projects, focusing on greening TVET and ICTs.
The Felix Fechenbach-Berufskolleg is also partnered with other colleges abroad, including the Atlanta Technical College (Atlanta GA), USA Technical College (Svonlinna, Finland), Miyagi Technical College (Sendai, Japan) and Technical College (Lebu, Chile), and in this context, has introduced an initiative focusing on TVET teacher training and student/teacher exchange. Mr. Fuhrmann presented on project based learning, while UNESCO-UNEVOC shared information on its recent initiatives. The discussion focused on the importance of knowledge sharing and networking in TVET provision.


Students from Hong Kong University visit UNESCO-UNEVOC (2011)

International project week of TVET institutions(2008)

The Virtual World in TVET (2008)

Representative of Deutsche Post DHL visits UNESCO-UNEVOC

On 13 May 2013, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC was pleased to welcome Mr Ralf Dürrwang, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at Deutsche Post DHL to the UNEVOC premises in Bonn.

The visit was organized to explore common areas of interest and to learn about the work of Deutsche Post DHL with regard to their Corporate Citizenship programmes, in particular the
GoTeach programme, which focuses on improving education opportunities for young people and prepare them for the world of work.

The Deutsche Post DHL is one of the largest employers worldwide and through its GoTeach programme, in collaboration with its partners Teach For All and SOS Children’s Villages, aims to help children and young people from all socio-economic backgrounds develop their potential, learn skills and access new opportunities for their career development.

Representatives from Lucas Nülle GmbH visit UNESCO-UNEVOC

On 16 April 2013, Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, welcomed Mr Wörner and Mr Hagmann from Lucas Nülle GmbH to the UNESCO-UNEVOC premises in Bonn, Germany. The representatives visited the International Centre to learn more about our work and to explore ways of collaborating in the area of Technical and Vocational Education and Training. The visit also forged to strengthen relations and assured more active cooperation and fruitful partnerships in the future.

Lucas Nülle GmbH, headquartered in Kerpen, Germany, develops and manufactures high-quality training systems and education equipment for further and advanced technical, engineering and vocational education.


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