Bulletin No. 25
1 Editorial
2 News
3 UNEVOC Network
4 UNEVOC Centre News
5 Resources
6 UNEVOC e-Forum
7 Visitors to UNESCO-UNEVOC

1 Editorial


I am very pleased to welcome you to bulletin 25 – the final bulletin for 2013. Looking back to this year, I am pleased to share that we have made some significant progress. It will not have gone unnoticed that we organized five regional forums this year – all of which were focused on strengthening regional harmonization for the transformation of TVET and for advancing the agenda on Youth, Skills and Greening TVET. The five events were hosted by Members of the UNEVOC family in Costa Rica, Republic of Korea, Nigeria, Russian Federation and Lebanon. Although different in many ways, all forums provided a common platform for UNEVOC Centres and other TVET institutions to share evidence-based promising practices in our joint efforts to stimulate capacity building on cultivating more innovative, scalable and transferable cases of TVET initiatives for enhanced quality and relevance of TVET. Indirectly, the forums also facilitated enhanced regional and sub-regional coordination and networking. Specifically, the promising practices presented focused on advancing TVET for youth employability and sustainable development. A total of more than 350 TVET experts participated in the five meetings and showcased their most innovative policies and practices in TVET. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation to all of you who have contributed to these events in one way or another.

Alongside these key events, UNESCO-UNEVOC also contributed during the last quarter of the year to a number of other events co-organized with some of our close partners, such as UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Progress has also been made with the TVET Teachers Study in the Arab States, organized by the International Task Force on Teachers for EFA, UNESCO Section for TVET, UNESCO-UNEVOC and UNESCO–Beirut. During World Teachers Day, all involved countries convened in Paris to share the results and discuss the next steps.

As a follow-up to last year’s virtual conference, we organized a second e-Forum discussion on greening TVET, this time focusing on qualifications needs and implementation strategies for greening TVET. For two weeks, 180 participants from all different regions shared their experiences and contributed resources for the benefit of all e-Forum members.

Among the new resources published by UNESCO-UNEVOC is the e-publication: ‘Revisiting global trends in TVET: Reflections on theory and practice’ which is part of the UNESCO forthcoming volume on global TVET trends and issues in UNESCO’s new Education on the Move series. You may also be interested in having a look at the new country reports that have been added to the World TVET Database, compiled by UNESCO-UNEVOC and validated by members of the UNEVOC Network.

It is my pleasure to invite you to read Bulletin 25 of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training where you will find more interesting and detailed information about our activities. Let me close by thanking our members, stakeholders and partners for assisting us in making this year highly engaging, productive through their overwhelming support and cooperation. I wish you all a very happy festive season. We look forward to strengthening our collaborations with you even further in the New Year.

Shyamal Majumdar


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2 News

Regional Forum on Status of TVET in the SADC Region
26-28 November 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Based on the findings of a regional study conducted by UNESCO on the Status of TVET in the SADC Region, representatives of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States convened in Stellenbosch, South Africa from 26 to 28 November 2013 to discuss the progress of actions undertaken to reform their countries’ TVET systems since the assessment. Organized by UNESCO, the University of Stellenbosch, and the SADC Secretariat, the workshop was attended by 40 participants from 17 countries, including representatives from UNESCO, OECD, EU, SEAMEO and the SADC Secretariat. UNESCO-UNEVOC staff presented on the engagement of the UNEVOC Network in the SADC Cluster. Among others, Mr Mathews Phiri, UNEVOC Cluster Coordinator and UNEVOC Centre contact point for the Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) presented on promoting sustainable development through TVET in SADC.

During the workshop, recommendations to the SADC Secretariat were elaborated and documented. They were clustered around the following sub-themes: policy development; TVET management information systems/Research and M&E; staff development and teacher training; systems and institutional development; and regional coordination.

The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen collaboration with UNEVOC Centres and partners in the SADC Cluster.



In 2010, UNESCO and the SADC Secretariat conducted a joint review of TVET in the SADC region and developed a TVET monitoring tool. The review identified five key areas for strategic support which in turn provided the foundation for a Strategic Frameworks and Programme of Action that was adopted by the SADC Ministers of Education in 2011. The research and consultative process leading to the articulation of the Strategic Framework and Programme of Action generated several ideas; among these was to convene a regular regional meeting involving TVET decision makers and experts in the region.

UNESCO-UNEVOC joined a conference for UN Agencies and Horizon 2020: Research Interests and Partnering

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On Thursday 28 November, UNESCO-UNEVOC joined a conference for “UN Agencies and Horizon 2020: Research Interests and Partnering” organized by Euro Consult Research and Education at the Bonn University Club. The event was organized to bring together scientists and researchers from North Rhine-Westphalia and UN organizations. United Nations representatives presented the research interests of their respective agencies and discussed with representatives of scientific institutions the possibility of developing joint proposals within the context of the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. Within this framework the EU provides financial support for cross-cutting research and innovation in the EU – and with partner countries – from 2014 to 2020, with the aim to create new growth and jobs in Europe. Under the framework the EU is supporting research in the context of excellent science, industrial leadership and confrontation of societal challenges in EU.

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Ms Alix Wurdak and Ms Dagmar Winzier presented the work of UNESCO-UNEVOC and discussed with participants possible areas of cooperation and joint research with UNESCO-UNEVOC under the EU Horizon 2020 framework. They also highlighted the relevance of skills development for the world of work to the aims and goals of Horizon 2020.

The event was attended by around 50 people from different research institutions of North Rhine-Westphalia and other UN organizations, such as the United Nations University - Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP SCYCLE), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the United Nations University - International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP) and the World Health Organization - Regional Office for Europe, European Centre for Environment and Health (WHO-ECEH).

Shyamal Majumdar speaks at VTEC MENA 2013 in United Arab Emirates

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From 25 to 27 November 2013, Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, travelled to United Arab Emirates to participate in VTEC MENA 2013 and visit a number of TVET institutions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Oil and gas companies in the Middle East and North-Africa are traditionally among the leading employers in the region. Hence, education providers are tasked with the role to meet the needs of these companies and ensure employees are aware of technological developments and equipped with high quality skills. It is essential for both the industries and educational institutions to collaborate closely and ensure the bridge between supply and demand. With this in mind, VTEC MENA 2013, organized by GetEnergy – a global education and training marketplace for the oil and gas industry – aimed at facilitating networking between both education stakeholders and oil and gas companies and provide a platform to establish partnerships.

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On the evening of 25 November, Mr Majumdar delivered an opening address on the importance of the involvement of industries in TVET. In his address, Mr Majumdar emphasized the skills imperative, thereby highlighting TVET’s importance from a social, economic, technological and educational perspective, and UNESCO’s role in supporting Member States to develop high quality and relevant TVET. He stressed the changing role of the private sector – and urged company delegates to recognize their role to respond to the skills gap.

In side-meetings, Mr Majumdar held discussions with representatives from the National Qualifications Authority (NQA) including Dr Thani Al Mehaire, General Manager and Deputy Manager, Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai. The conversations focused on potential areas for collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre and UNEVOC Network.

More information about VTEC MENA 2013

Professionalization and Modernization in initial and in-service Training of TVET Personnel in ASEAN
Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 November 2013

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The development of effective policies for the improvement and professionalization of TVET teachers and related staff is highlighted in the Shanghai Consensus as essential in our efforts to expand the access and improve the quality of TVET. The policy document strongly advocates "the development of policies and frameworks for professionalizing TVET staff". The importance of modernizing the training of TVET personnel is also stressed in the ASEAN Leaders Statement on Human Resources and Skills Development for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth which states the need to "encourage the use of appropriate pedagogy in human resource and skills development, and design high-quality training syllabus, curriculums and textbooks relevant to the labour market."

In this context, and in line with the ‘Busan partnership for effective development cooperation’, GIZ Magdeburg, in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC, OVEC THAILAND and HRD Korea, organized an International TVET Experts Meeting on Professionalization and Modernization in initial and in-service Training of TVET Personnel in ASEAN from 6-8 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The meeting facilitated the exchange of national and international experiences with regard to the status of education and training of TVET teachers and instructors. Through a range of panel discussions, emphasis was placed on the future requirements to modernize teacher education and training, identify opportunities for networking and cooperation, and mobilize national, regional and international support to advance the education and training of TVET teachers and instructors across the ASEAN region. A staff member of UNESCO-UNEVOC delivered a presentation on the outcomes of a virtual conference on TVET teacher education held on the UNEVOC e-Forum in 2012, which highlighted the need to improve both pre-service and in-service training to ensure that both the technical and pedagogical skills of TVET teachers are up-to-date.

The meeting was attended by 100 participants from 10 countries of the ASEAN region and Europe. Participants included regional TVET teachers, alumni of the GIZ International Leadership Training programme and representatives from international and regional organizations such as CPSC, SEAMEO-VOCTECH, ASEAN Secretariat, UNESCO Bangkok, GIZ and UNESCO-UNEVOC.



Conference on rural skills development through ICT
25-26 October 2013, Dujiangyan, Chengdu, People's Republic of China

From 25 to 26 October 2013, the UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC, Chengdu Municipal Education Bureau, and Dujiangyan Municipal Government organized a conference on rural skills development through Information Communication Technologies (ICT). The conference’s objective was to share policies, strategies and good practices on rural skills development through ICT, with the aim to develop and improve the information and practical guidelines for further enhancing the access to and outreach of ICT in rural areas.

The two-day event was attended by 100 participants from 17 countries, including representatives from national, regional and international organizations as well as representatives from seven UNEVOC Centres in China, Pakistan, Nepal, Botswana, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Presentations highlighted the issues and challenges in skills development for rural youth, and focused on the role of ICT in expanding access for rural youth in the Asia and Pacific region and beyond.

A report outlining the recommendations will be published soonest.

UNESCO-UNEVOC celebrates UN Day 2013 in Bonn

On Saturday 19 October 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC joined the United Nations Day celebration on the Market Square in Bonn, Germany. In the context of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, the theme of this year’s UN Day was 8:0 for development– Water connects. The objective of the International Year of Water Cooperation is to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased cooperation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services.

UN Day marks the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on 24 October, 1945. As the German UN city, hosting 18 UN organizations, Bonn has had the tradition of celebrating the anniversary with an all-day programme.

UNESCO-UNEVOC was represented together with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) in Hamburg, with an information stand in the UN tent. The team of UNESCO-UNEVOC presented its activities and raised awareness of TVET issues through distributing biennial reports, brochures and leaflets and answering verbal inquiries. With reference to the Year of Water Cooperation, UNESCO-UNEVOC also shared a recent publication on Skills Challenges in the Water and Wastewater Industry. The event attracted over 20,000 people and provided UNESCO-UNEVOC with a great occasion to interact with citizens and visitors from Bonn.

German Federal President visits United Nations Campus in Bonn
12 September 2013, Bonn, Germany

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On 12 September 2013, the UN Heads of Agencies and staff based in Germany were honoured to welcome the German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, to the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.

During this unique visit, the Federal President expressed his appreciation for the work of the United Nations and stated that "Bonn has become a real hub of the UN and I am glad to see that you, staff from all over the world, are here, in Bonn and work on these significant issues," During a round table discussion with the Heads of UN organizations, the Federal President was briefed on the important contribution that the UN in Germany is making to sustainable development - tackling climate change, working towards social inclusion and striving for poverty eradication. Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, highlighted the importance of education and building capacity in the context of human rights and sustainable development, particularly the role of Technical Vocational Education and Training in meeting these challenges.

Afterwards, a special reception was held where UN staff had the opportunity to meet the Federal President. In this setting, Federal President Gauck addressed the audience by stating the historical significance of their work in the UN in Bonn within the context of Germany´s 40 years of contribution and Member State status within the UN system.

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The United Nations have been having offices in Bonn since 1951. In the summer of 2006, the UN Campus was officially inaugurated by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the "Tall Eugene" as the main building. From a hand full of staff in the early days, the UN presence in Bonn has grown steadily since 1996 and has become a UN family with an international staff of almost 1,000 colleagues.

Currently, the UN is represented by 18 agencies in Bonn. Furthermore, the United Nations are represented in Germany with other institutions and liaison offices in Dresden, Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt and Nuremberg. All the organizations based in Bonn support the targeted efforts of governments for a sustainable future in the fields of climate change, land degradation, biodiversity, volunteer services, disaster preparedness, education, health, human security and wildlife conservation. This not only includes the sustainable use of natural resources and their precautionary preservation for future generations, but also the global fight against poverty.

Validation Workshop on Arab States Regional Study
on Policies and Practices on TVET Teachers and Instructors in the Arab Region
From 3 to 4 October 2013, TVET experts and representatives from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Tunisia convened at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France to discuss the preliminary findings of a regional study that aims to close the policy and capacity gap and provide a framework for comparison of prevailing practices in TVET teacher education.

Organized by the International Task Force on Teachers for EFA, UNESCO Section for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, and the UNESCO Regional Bureau–Beirut, the purpose of the workshop was to disseminate the findings of the study, share good practices and identify areas of cooperation.

The 2-day workshop was opened by the Assistant Director-General for Education, Mr Qian Tang and held on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2013 (5 October), a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the numbers and quality of the world’s educators. In addition to in-depth discussions on the findings of the study, representatives from Education International, Deutsche gesellschaft für internationale zusammenarbeit (GIZ), ADEA, Department for Education Policy Finland and the University of Paranà, a UNEVOC Centre in Brazil presented on TVET teacher policies and practices from their regional perspective.

The policy approaches adopted in the countries to address issues related to TVET teachers and instructors, as well as the practices, opportunities and challenges faced by both policy makers and practitioners in the region are documented in ten country reports and an overall synthesis report of the study which will be published soonest.


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Regional Expert Meeting in Beirut highlights opportunities for online networking to improve TVET in the region
19-21 November 2013, Beirut, Lebanon

Under the patronage of H.E. Professor Hassan Diab, Minister of Education and Higher Education, the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre-Bonn and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education-Beirut, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the General Directorate for Vocational and Technical Education and the Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD) jointly organized a Regional Expert Meeting on Promising Practices in Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Entrepreneurship Education in the Arab States in Beirut, Lebanon.

31 representatives from 14 countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen attended the three-day meeting. The promising practices presented by UNEVOC Centres in the Arab States underlined the extent of educational reform in many of the countries, and revealed a number of recent initiatives dedicated at building linkages with the private sector, the training of teachers/trainers and curriculum development for entrepreneurship and life skills. In addition to national perspectives, UNEVOC Centre representatives from Nigeria, Germany, and Republic of Korea presented on regional activities in their respective regions focusing on greening TVET and youth unemployment. Representatives from regional and international organizations, including the African Development Bank (AfDB)/London School of Economics (LSE), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and INJAZ, concentrated their presentations on policies and practices to tackle youth unemployment through TVET and entrepreneurship education.

The meeting highlighted the common challenges that are faced by many countries in the Arab States: increasing youth unemployment levels; poor linkages with industry; and a shortage of entrepreneurial youth who are sufficiently equipped to create their own jobs. Despite these issues, the dialogue was optimistic and focused on sharing success stories and promising initiatives that could benefit others in the region. Working group sessions provided participants the opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions and identify areas for collaboration in the region. The meeting demonstrated the willingness of different institutions to work closely together in tackling common issues in TVET. It emphasized the interest of participants to work together on the development of an ICT-based platform to facilitate the sharing of experiences on Entrepreneurship Education specifically.


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Meeting Report: English


Strengthening regional harmonization for the transformation of TVET

Sharing international experience is focus on second day of Moscow-hosted TVET forum

Experience from outside UNESCO-UNEVOC Regional Forum Europe and North America network enriches work of penultimate meeting ahead of next year's global forum in Bonn.

© Nick Holdsworth (ICE)
The second session Tuesday (29 October) of the UNESCO-UNEVOC regional forum Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and North America on advancing, improving and greening TVET hosted by Moscow's National Observatory on Vocational Education/Centre for VET Studies, widened its scope to a broad international focus.

The three-day event, attended by over 100 experts in training, system analysis and policy advice, opened Monday with the spotlight on two of UNEVOC's priorities – youth employment and skills development and bringing an ecological perspective to TVET.

Tuesday's theme was regional and international harmonization in TVET.

Delegates looked well beyond the regional boundaries of Europe, CIS and North America, which is one of the five regional clusters around which UNEVOC organizes its global work. Representatives of the Africa, Arab States, Asia and Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean regions presented the progress in advancing UNESCO-UNEVOC's agenda, based on the Shanghai Consensus proposals identified last year at UNESCO's Third International Congress on TVET.

Naji Al Madhi, of the National Institute for Vocational Education in the United Arab Emirates, used two short and highly effective videos to explore the challenges to improving and greening TVET in a swathe of countries experiencing the turmoil of the Arab Spring revolutions.

The region, home to 22 UNESCO Member States and 31 UNEVOC centres, has some of the highest youth unemployment (25%) and lowest labour market participation rates (35%) in the world. The potential of the 50-70 million young people due to enter the jobs market in the next few years was huge, Mr Al Mahdi said, but so far the economic response to the Arab Spring by regional governments had been simply "to raise public sector wages, mostly for the police and army, meaning that little money is going into production."

Janette Han, of the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training, said close attention to the demands and challenges of a very diverse region was necessary to begin a process of synthesizing analyses ahead of next year's UNEVOC global forum in Bonn.

The issues faced by the economies of Japan and Korea, dominated by ageing populations; the need for mass provision of TVET in heavily populated countries of Southern and South-eastern Asia, and the logistical complexities of creating inclusive policies and practices for the remote island states of the Pacific archipelago, all demanded a critical approach.

Simon Yalams Director of Jamaica's UTech/Centre for Research and Sustainable Development, pointed out the extent to which greening and youth employment agendas were converging in the Caribbean and South America. Brazil's National Youth Inclusion Programme already involved a million young people aged 15-29 and ecological considerations were increasingly part of the training approach of mining concerns in the region.

John Simiyu, University of Eldoret, Kenya, said African governments recognized the inter-relationship of greening TVET and boosting employment opportunities for young people, although poverty, weak infrastructure, food insecurity, and disease including HIV and AIDS, were all major challenges to that agenda.

Presentations from representatives of organizations working in complementary areas, including from Arjen Vos (European Training Foundation), Nicholas Sofroniou, (CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training), Kirill Vasliyev (World Bank), Olga Oleynkova (IVETA, the International Vocational Education and Training Association), and Natalia Tokareva (UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education), added the focus of other international organizations working in TVET. Potentials for closer cooperation with UNESCO-UNEVOC and its Network were identified and discussed.

Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, urged network cluster coordinators to boil down proposals for future action plans to the most crucial elements ahead of next year's global forum.

Delegates spent the afternoon on study visits to Moscow colleges, including Commerce and Banking No. 6; Small Business No. 48; Hospitality and Management No. 23; Technological No. 28; and Automation and IT No. 20, where best practices – and rich and entertaining Russian cultural programmes, featuring singing and performances by students – were displayed. The schools also presented the efforts they are making in saving resources and preserving the environment.

The Moscow forum closed Wednesday (30 October) with UNEVOC Centre leaders discussing network consolidation and ways forward.

© Nick Holdsworth (ICE)


Background note



'Powerhouse of Knowledge' comes to Moscow as TVET focus gets underway

International TVET focus comes to Moscow

Strengthening regional harmonization for the transformation of TVET

Photos: Students of College of Small Business No. 48.

Africa Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development
17-18 September 2013, Abuja, Nigeria

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in collaboration with the National Board for Technical Education, Centre of Excellence in TVET (NBTE), organized a Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development from 17 to 18 September 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting was organized in the context of a series of forums that UNESCO-UNEVOC is organizing as a response to the Shanghai Consensus recommendations and the outcomes of the UNEVOC International Forum (November 2012). The two-day forum aimed at sharing and discussing Promising Practices in the areas of Greening TVET (GTVET) and Youth and Skills implemented by UNEVOC Centres and other institutions in the region, as well as strengthening cooperation between UNEVOC Centres in Africa and supporting the consolidation and expansion of the Network.

Following opening remarks from the Hon. State Minister of Education (Nigeria) Chief N.E. Wike, panel discussions focused on sharing regional trends on youth workforce development and employment related to skill acquisition, as well as sharing national initiatives on Greening TVET. In this context, eleven Promising Practices were presented. Ms Dagmar Winzier, Programme Expert at UNESCO-UNEVOC, presented on the advancing Greening TVET (GTVET) agenda - issues and challenges.

Other sessions featured presentations and discussions on interagency perspectives and the role of regional organizations and development agencies in shaping global policies on youth and skills as well as Greening TVET. The forum also included a session that highlighted the unique insights and practical experience of the UNEVOC regional coordinators from Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The forum was attended by approximately 150 participants from 15 countries namely: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, France, Germany, Jamaica, Malawi, Mauritius, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Switzerland, Uganda, and included representatives from 13 UNEVOC Centres, UNESCO, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Commonwealth of Learning (CoL), African Development Bank (AFDB), International Labour Organization (ILO), German Chamber of Commerce, and Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as the private sector.



Meeting report: English


Regional Forum on Greening TVET and Youth Employment in Latin America and the Caribbean

Asia and Pacific Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development

Strengthening regional harmonization for the transformation of TVET

Asia and Pacific Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development
4-6 September 2013, UNESCO Hall, Korea UNESCO House, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Following the Shanghai Consensus recommendations and the outcomes of the UNEVOC International Forum (November 2012), the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in collaboration with the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ GmbH) organized a Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development targeting Asia and the Pacific from 4 to 6 September 2013. Hosted in Seoul, Republic of Korea, the 3-day event aimed at strengthening regional harmonization for the advancement of TVET transformation through networking, partnerships and mobilization of expertise and resources, and provided a platform to showcase innovative and evidence-based regional promising practices in the fields of Youth and Skills and Greening TVET.

In her Opening Address, Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope, Director Division for Basic Learning and Skills Development, UNESCO highlighted youth unemployment as "a threat to principles dearly guarded by UNESCO such as equity and social justice, social cohesion, youth empowerment on multiple fronts,(…) inclusive and sustainable development." Panel discussions focused on sharing national and regional perspectives on strategies and initiatives that promote greening TVET and promising practices which address youth employment challenges in the region and beyond. As part of these sessions, eight promising practices were presented ranging from ICT-enabled career guidance to eco-entrepreneurship. Other sessions focused on interregional exchange and the role of regional and international organizations in shaping global policies for TVET. Day three involved a special session for UNEVOC Network Members as well as a study tour to the Incheon Campus of Korea Polytechnics and the Global Institute for Transferring Skills (GIFTS) as part of the Human Resource Development Service Korea (HRD).

© GIZ Timor-Leste / Heinz-Jose Heile
The forum was attended by approximately 60 participants from 22 countries, including representatives from UNEVOC Centres, Mr Gwang-Jo Kim from UNESCO Bangkok Office, and representatives from other regional and international organizations, such as the ILO, ADB, SEAMEO-VOCTECH, CPSP and GIZ Field Office representatives.

Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC concluded the conference with an outlook to an international follow-up conference to be facilitated by UNESCO-UNEVOC in Bonn, Germany in 2014.


Meeting report:

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Regional Forum on Greening TVET and Youth Employment in Latin America and the Caribbean

Africa Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development

Strengthening regional harmonization for the transformation of TVET

Regional Forum on Greening TVET and Youth Employment in Latin America and the Caribbean
27-29 August 2013, San José, Costa Rica

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA, Costa Rica), organized a Regional Forum on Transforming TVET in San José, Costa Rica to facilitate regional exchange and knowledge sharing and following the Shanghai Consensus recommendations and the outcomes of the UNEVOC International Forum (November 2012). The 2-day forum provided a platform for regional and national institutions to come together and share evidence-based promising practices and initiatives that aim to tackle youth employment and address environmental challenges in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Youth are among the most vulnerable when it comes to secure decent employment. They face barriers when trying to enter the job market such as a lack of work experience and contacts. In addition, they are the first to be dismissed in times of an economic crisis. This makes them at least three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, and up to five times in South-East Asia and the Pacific. In response to this issue, UNEVOC Centres are introducing new policies and practices, which they presented at the regional forum. Examples include the development of a competency-based modular programme for secondary TVET in Guyana and an initiative in Jamaica that focuses on increasing access to teaching resources through the production of instructional DVDs.

Greening TVET concerned the second theme of the forum. Across the globe, countries are facing challenges due to growing environmental degradation and climatic changes, which require a methodical and systematic approach to changing job opportunities and skill demands as new industries and job profiles emerge. TVET institutions need to be responsive to these dynamics in order to produce a workforce that matches the actual market requirements. Among the promising practices presented were a project on waste management in car mechanics workshops in Costa Rica and an initiative on the integration of sustainability into the college curriculum in Grenada.

The forum was attended by approximately 35 participants from 14 countries, including representatives from UNEVOC Centres, UNESCO Offices, and other regional and international organizations, such as the Association for Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the International Labour Organization(ILO).


Meeting report: English / Spanish


Asia and Pacific Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development

Africa Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development

Strengthening regional harmonization for the transformation of TVET

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New UNEVOC Network Member: Jet Education Services, South Africa

As an independent non-profit organization, the mission of JET Education Services is to offer educational research and knowledge-based interventions that are innovative, cost effective and sustainable to clients who support disadvantaged young South Africans through education development initiatives.

JET Education Services works with the government, the private sector, international development agencies and education institutions to improve the quality of education and the relationship between education, skills development and the world of work.

In 2012, Dr Anthony Gewer, Executive Director for the Youth and Community Division, and Ms Bina Akoobhai, Specialist in Institutional Planning and Monitoring, visited UNESCO-UNEVOC as part of a study tour to Germany. The organization’s application to become a UNEVOC Centre was strongly endorsed by the South African Commission for UNESCO.

More information (Jet Education Services website)

UNEVOC Network Directory

King Abdullah scholarships for teacher trainers

PINZ has managed a program that has seen students from its sister UNEVOC Centre TVTC in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, come to New Zealand to complete their degrees followed by a Certificate in Adult Teaching (CAT). These students return to Saudi Arabia well equipped to teach the next generation of Saudi students developing industry relevant skills in engineering, fashion, ICT and business.

You can see these students discussing their experience in New Zealand here.

Reconnecting with UNEVOC in Myanmar

PINZ’ CEO, Brenda Lazelle, and Project Manager, Amy McAteer, recently travelled to Myanmar to build our understanding of the skills development sector and explore opportunities for working together. While there, they met with Dr Theingi, the UNEVOC focal point for Myanmar, and had a very fruitful discussion on the priorities for the development of TVET in the country. Dr Theingi is the Pro-Rector of West Yangon Technological University under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Mrs Lazelle and Dr Theingi had previously met at the UNEVOC Regional Forum Asia and Pacific in Seoul in September. Brenda and Amy were also able to meet with Ms Khin Mar Aye, who had also attended the Seoul Forum. Ms Khin has leadership roles with the National Skills Standards Agency (NSSA) and the Yankin Skills Training Centre under the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. We were happy to be able to visit her Centre and see TVET in action.


Ms Naing Yee Mar, formerly of the UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, was also part of this meeting through the work she is doing with the NSSA under GIZ.

This was a great opportunity to reconnect and continue to build productive relationships with our UNEVOC colleagues for the benefit of TVET in Myanmar.

Photo 1:PINZ Interim CEO, Brenda Lazelle, Dr Theingi and PINZ Project Manager, Amy McAteer
Photo 2: PINZ meeting with Ms Khin Mar Aye and Ms Naing Yee Mar

TVEC – UNEVOC Centre Supports Development of Quality Standard for eLearning Courses in TVET Sector

Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) as the apex body for quality assurance and accreditation in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Sri Lanka, embarks on Development of Quality Standard for eLearning Courses in TVET Sector. This project was handled with the support and leadership of the TVEC UNEVOC Centre.

Delivery of TVET courses through distance learning, eLearning and blended learning have now been popularizing in Sri Lanka. A wide use of these methods makes it possible to ensure equal possibilities of receiving an education and of a continuous further training for all people regardless of their place of residence, social and economic status.

Quality assurance of eLearning courses in TVET sector in Sri Lanka is a responsibility of TVEC as the apex body. Development of quality standards has been a long felt need for accreditation of eLearning courses. To fulfill this requirement, TVEC has developed quality standards with the stakeholder participation including private sector and public sector training organizations, industry and universities by benchmarking ECB Quality Check in Europe. Necessary training on eLearning development and implementation and ECB quality check was provided by GIZ (former InWEnt) in Germany.

Presentation and an initial discussion in this regard was held on 1st April 2013 at TVEC Conference Room, 3rd Floor, “Nipunatha Piyasa”.

Development and implementation of eLearning standards for TVET sector in Sri Lanka is now being implemented by TVEC in line with center registration and course accreditation. Developed standard and the criteria can be downloaded from TVEC web .

The UNEVOC North American cluster has published its second newsletter!
Learn about a few of the activities and events of the UNEVOC centres in North America in this second newsletter.

Omnia Finland joins the UNEVOC Network

In September 2013, Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo Region in Finland joined the UNEVOC Network. Omnia is a multi-sector joint authority of education and offers vocational training at 11 locations around Espoo area. With nearly 10 000 students and 700 staff, Omnia is one of Finland´s largest vocational institutes. Its mission is to offer high quality technical and vocational education and training (TVET) leading to a lifelong learning path, develop TVET on a national level and offer innovative professional development for TVET staff. Omnia also coordinates InnoOmnia, a TVET teacher training provider offering over 1300 training days a year, and has been actively engaged in promoting entrepreneurship in the region.

In their application, Omnia highlighted that being a Member of UNEVOC Network provides them the opportunity to share their work and collaborate with TVET institutions across the Network towards achieving an innovative future for TVET.

Finland is one of the countries where TVET is highly regarded with over 50 % of school graduates choosing the TVET upper secondary level rather than the general education path.

New UNEVOC Network Member: TISBI University of Management, Kazan, Russian Federation
August 2013

The University of Management “TISBI” was established in 1992 and is one of the first non-state universities in the Russian Federation located in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, with another three branches within the Republic. It offers programmes in Economics, Management, Humanities, Information Technologies, Law and Taxation but also secondary-level vocational programmes and continuous education classes for adult learners. The institution is also very active in terms of international cooperation, having established academic mobility programmes and links with other institutions outside the Russian Federation. The Rector of the University, Dr Nella Pruss, is holder of the UNESCO Chair in ‘Training and retraining of specialists under market economy conditions’ (since 1998) and the Secondary Faculty of the Institution is a UNESCO Associated School, which highlights the University’s longstanding cooperation with UNESCO.

The newly established UNEVOC Centre for professional education at the University of Management “TISBI” has the objective to share its progressive experience and knowledge, acquired through its wide range of programmes and activities, and contribute to the development of inclusive secondary vocational educational programs in the Republic of Tatarstan, with a specific focus on promoting access for people with disabilities.

Earlier this year, Ms Katerina Ananiadou, Programme Specialist at UNESCO-UNEVOC participated in a conference hosted by the University on “Improving the mechanisms of cooperation between UNESCO ASPnet, UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs and UNEVOC Centres for Sustainable Development: Challenges, Projects, Prospects”. The University’s application to become a UNEVOC Centre was strongly endorsed by the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.

HEART Trust (UNEVOC Centre Jamaica) - TVET Symposium
The HEART Trust held a TVET Symposium on October 31, 2013 under the theme 'Advancing Economic Development through TVET.' Jamaica's Minister of Industry and Commerce, the Honourable Anthony Hylton, spoke about the plans for the logistics hub in Jamaica. The keynote speaker was Mr. Robert Ready, Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica. Key issues in TVET were explored such as Jamaica's TVET policy and its strategic implications, Quality Assurance in TVET, Repositioning the Apprenticeship System, Industry Engagement

Education That Pays For Itself 2013
From 22 to 24 October 2013, the San Francisco Agricultural School Paraguay, which is run by Fundación Paraguaya, hosted the 7th Education That Pays For Itself 2013 conference with the theme "Linking Education, Employability and Enterprise in Cerrito, Paraguay.


5 Resources

Just published: e-Forum synthesis report on tackling youth unemployment through TVET

From 25 June to 9 July 2013, over 300 participants from 80 countries gathered on the UNEVOC e-Forum to discuss how TVET can address growing numbers of youth unemployment. TVET experts, policy makers, researchers, practitioners and most importantly young students and graduates joined the discussion to exchange experiences and contribute innovative ideas and promising practices in TVET which have contributed to enhancing youth employability and open-up self-employment opportunities.

The discussion was organized around the following sub-themes: key barriers that young people face in finding work; what TVET institutions can do to ease the school-to-work transition; labour market information and skills forecasting; entrepreneurship education; widening access: engaging disadvantaged and marginalized groups; upgrading TVET’s image: challenges and opportunities; and monitoring and evaluation of youth-focused TVET.

Alongside the discussions, a special video conference was organized. 22 people from 17 countries joined and listened to presentations from: Ashley Sims, Director of Operations at the Foundation for Technical Education; Akanksha Gulia, Young India Fellow and Project Officer at the Skills Academy; and Victoria Galán Muros, Director for Communication and Marketing at the University Industry Innovation Network. All three shared their approaches to enhance youth employability.

After a two-week period, participants concluded that TVET institutions will not only need to undergo a major transformation by engaging the private sector and deepening their understanding of labour market demands, but they should expand their offer of career guidance and on-the-job and soft skills training, and build local, national and international partnerships. You can find an overview of all contributions here.

The discussion was 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, and co-moderated by Katerina Ananiadou, Programme Specialist at UNESCO-UNEVOC and focal point for UNEVOC’s youth-related activities. Through these discussions, UNESCO-UNEVOC aims to enhance awareness and encourage wider debate and understanding, including the sharing of on-going practices and the formulation of new ideas in the field of strategy and policy development. Guided by an expert in the field, the discussions seek experiences, expertise and feedback and wish to inspire people to take further action.


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World TVET Database reaches 50 country reports
November 2013

The World Technical and Vocational Education and Training Database is an online repository developed by UNESCO-UNEVOC. It provides concise, reliable and up-to-date information on TVET systems worldwide in one single place. The database helps TVET officials, experts and stakeholders, but also researchers and students of TVET to learn about trends and challenges. It also allows the identification of information gaps and stimulates comparative studies of TVET systems.

Country reports contain key descriptive information about the TVET system of a specific country. Information is structured in the following way:
  • TVET mission, legislation and national policy or strategy;
  • structure of the TVET system: formal, non-formal and informal TVET systems;
  • governance and financing;
  • TVET teachers and trainers;
  • qualifications and qualification frameworks; and
  • current and ongoing reforms, projects and challenges.

Country reports on the following countries have recently been published:





Czech Republic







These and other reports are accessible here

UNESCO-UNEVOC continues to expand the World TVET Database, and more country reports will be made available soon. For comments and feedback, please contact k.ananiadou(at)

Revisiting global trends in TVET
Reflections on theory and practice

The essays presented in this e-publication are complementary to the UNESCO forthcoming volume on global TVET trends and issues in UNESCO’s new Education on the Move series. Just like the latter, they cover a wide, although certainly not exhaustive, range of current practices, ideas and debates in the field of technical and vocational education and training (TVET). They come at a time when the importance and value of TVET is being increasingly recognized in the context of lifelong learning in a globalized world, by UNESCO and other national, regional and global stakeholders in education and international development.

The Third International Congress on TVET that took place in Shanghai in May 2012 played an important role in further enhancing the debate on the role of TVET in the 21st century, providing a forum for discussion on the challenges faced by the TVET systems and the appropriate responses to them. One of its important outcomes was the production of a set of key recommendations to governments and other TVET stakeholders in UNESCO Member States, presented under seven strands in the Shanghai Consensus (UNESCO 2012). One of the aims of this publication is to provide some assistance in the implementation of these recommendations, through the fostering of reflection and sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience.

The papers in this publication cover a wide range of topics relevant to current developments in TVET. Although by no means an exhaustive list, the issues covered will enable interested readers to form a picture of current thinking in the field, both theoretical and practice-related.

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Chapter 1 Reconceptualizing TVET and development: a human capability and social justice approach by Leon Tikly

Chapter 2 Vocationalization of secondary and higher education: pathways to the world of work by Rupert Maclean and Margarita Pavlova

Chapter 3 The attractiveness of TVET by Christopher Winch

Chapter 4 Learning through practice: beyond informal and towards a framework for learning through practice by Stephen Billett

Chapter 5 Work-based learning: Why? How? by Richard Sweet

Chapter 6 Why improved formal teaching and learning are important in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) by Jeanne Gamble

Chapter 7 Career guidance and orientation by A. G. Watts

Chapter 8 TVET and entrepreneurship skills by Aboubakr Abdeen Badawi

Chapter 9 Technical and vocational education and training, and skills development for rural transformation by Darol Cavanagh, Greg Shaw and Li Wang


Published by

UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

ISBN 978-92-95071-57-5

e-publication, 2013, 346 pages


6 UNEVOC e-Forum

General developments

Current membership: 3,228

Messages: In the period August-November 2013, 368 messages have been distributed via the e-Forum.

Recent discussions

For those who are not a member of the e-Forum: You can access the messages via Note that you need to log in to be able to read messages. If you do not yet have a UNEVOC account or do not wish to create one, please use the following login information to access the e-Forum archives in read-only mode: User "Bulletin", password "read".

UNESCO-UNEVOC virtual conference on Greening TVET From 12 to 26 November 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC organized a virtual conference on the e-Forum. Moderated by Julia Kastrup, Research Associate in context of the scientific monitoring of model-projects under the funding priority "Vocational Education and Training for Sustainable Development" at the University of Hamburg (Germany), the discussion looked at clarifying how to support processes of Greening TVET and sustainable development in policy, research and the economy as well as in social and ecological areas.

Implementation Master in TVET Following a request from Ethiopia on the development of Master in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ethiopia, many e-Forum members joined the discussion and shared information on existing Masters in TVET across the globe.

Student portfolio This exchange followed earlier discussions on what should be part of a student's portfolio to ensure it demonstrates a student's skills and persuade employers to provide job opportunities.

Developing performing arts skills at vocational schools in Jamaica Raised by a passionate artist, this discussion emphasized the absence of relevant training in the field of performing arts in Jamaica and offered some suggestions to change this, for example by making performing arts part of the WorldSkills competition.

7 Visitors to UNESCO-UNEVOC

Representative of Sequa visits UNESCO-UNEVOC

On 29 November 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed Dr. Roland Strohmeyer, Project Director at Sequa, to the UNEVOC premises. Dr. Strohmeyer visited UNESCO-UNEVOC to learn more about our work and discuss possible areas for collaboration. After a presentation by Mr Strohmeyer on the activities of Sequa in the field of TVET and private sector development, and a presentation on UNESCO-UNEVOC’s recent activities and online services, the discussion focused on possible joint activities focused on public-private partnership in TVET, such as the organization of a virtual conference on this topic.

Sequa is a non-profit development organization. They promote the development of the private sector and its business membership organizations as well as vocational qualifications. They work closely with businesses, chambers of commerce and development organizations such as GIZ.

Delegation from Liberia visits UNESCO-UNEVOC

On Monday 25 November 2013, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed Mr Khalipha Bility, Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Wolfgang Zagel, President of Helog Academy, and Ms Mamaka Bility, President of MedLife Liberia, from Liberia to the UNEVOC premises. The visit was organized to learn more about the activities of the International Centre. The visitors were received by Ms Katerina Ananiadou (Programme Specialist) and Ms Ken Barrientos (Programme Officer).

Australia Delegation and GIZ Regional Cooperation Platform Director visit UNESCO-UNEVOC

On Friday 15 November 2013, a delegation from Australia and the GIZ Regional Cooperation Platform (RCP) Secretariat visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany. A briefing was organized on the request of the TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) to learn more about the activities of the International Centre, the various resources developed by the Centre for member states and opportunities for future cooperation. The delegation consisted of representatives from various Australian technical and further education (TAFE) institutes under the purview of TDA, from the federal department of industry of Australia and from industries. The visit also provided opportunities to explore future cooperation between the International Centre and the TDA, which is a national body representing institutes and universities, as well as between UNEVOC and the RCP. Currently, two TAFE institutions under TDA are members of the UNEVOC Network: Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE and TAFE SA Adelaide South (TAFE SA)

List of Visitors
Ms Di Murray (Delegation Co-Lead and Deputy Chair, TAFE Directors Australia and Director, TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute)
Ms Marian Schoen (Delegation Co-Lead and Deputy Director, LH Martin Institute)
Mr Andrew Lalor (General Manager, Australian Apprenticeships Branch, Federal Department of Industry, Canberra)
Mr Geoff Gwilym (Chief Executive Officer, Auto Skills Australia Ltd)
Mr John Ackland (Chief Executive Officer, the Skill Invest Group)
Mr Paul Cavicchia (Deputy Director of Programs – VET, NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE), Melbourne, Victoria)
Ms Suzanne McKinnon (Dean, Faculty of Education, Service Skills and Environment, Holmesglen TAFE, Melbourne, Victoria)
Ms Helen Bulle (Director, Client Services and Industry Engagement, SkillsTech Queensland)
Mr Anthony Plevey (Policy and Products Manager, E-OZ Energy Skills Australia)
Mr Thomas Schröder (Director, RCP Secretariat)

Representatives from Institute Technology and Education visits UNESCO-UNEVOC

Prof. Dr. Michael Gessler, Dr. Ludger Deitmer and Mr Pekka Kamarainen of the Institute Technology and Education (Institut Technik und Bildung, ITB) at Bremen University visited UNESCO-UNEVOC on Tuesday 12 November 2013. The aim of this meeting was to revive the long-standing cooperation between UNESCO-UNEVOC and the ITB.

After a presentation of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s services, discussions focused on the cooperation between the two organizations mainly in the field of TVET research and on green technology. Opportunities for sharing knowledge and international experience on TVET were also discussed.
Previous joint projects between UNESCO-UNEVOC and ITB include:

Delegation from Botswana visits UNESCO-UNEVOC

On Tuesday 4 November 2013, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed a delegation, Ms Grace Muzila (Permanent Secretary) and Mr Ralecha Mmatli (Project Officer of TVET Revitalisation), from Botswana’s Ministry of Education and Skills Development. The visit was organized to strengthen the cooperation between Botswana’s Ministry of Education and Skills Development and UNESCO-UNEVOC and to present about the work of the International Centre and its global Network.

Followed by an introduction of UNESCO-UNEVOC through a video presentation, the discussions focused on the Ministry’s plan to establish a Category 2 Centre which will aim to promote skills for inclusive and sustainable development in Botswana.

GIZ representatives visit UNESCO-UNEVOC

On 30 October 2013, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed Khaled Fakha, Alsu Ismetova, Benedict Hartmann and Verena Becker from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to the UNEVOC premises. All four are undertaking an internship at the GIZ in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Bonn/Eschborn. They visited the Centre to learn more about its work in general, the cooperation with GIZ and the Centre’s role as a clearinghouse for TVET.

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Representatives from Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) visit UNESCO-UNEVOC

On Wednesday 16 October 2013, Mr Markus Linten, Ms Sabine Prüstel and Mr Christian Woll from the Publication Management and Library section of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany. The meeting was initiated to exchange experiences and explore possibilities of cooperation between UNESCO-UNEVOC and BIBB in the area of publications and online services.

The visit inspired both institutions to explore opportunities for cooperation with regard to the organizations’ specialized TVET libraries and work in the area of publications.

The Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia visits UNESCO-UNEVOC

On Monday 7 October 2013, the Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ms Schwall-Düren, and her staff, Dr Deniz Alkan (personal advisor) and Dimitria Clayton (responsible for International Affairs) visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany. They were accompanied by Dr Jakob Rhyners, Vice-Rector of United Nations University (UNU), Dr Martin Frick, Ambassador of the Federal Foreign Office and Ms Johmann (UNU). The meeting was initiated to facilitate an exchange of information on the work of the UN in Bonn and on current policy approaches aimed at supporting international organizations in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Engagement Global and German ESD Agency visit UNESCO-UNEVOC

On Monday, 23 September 2013, Ms Dodo Schulz and Ms Sabine Blom, representing the Agentur Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung – North Rhine-Westphalia’s agency coordinating activities in the frame of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – and Mr Andreas Henning of Engagement Global visited UNEVOC. They were welcomed by Shyamal Majumdar and colleagues to discuss future joint activities, particularly in the area of green skills and internationalization of TVET.


Engagement Global

Agentur Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung

Representatives from Connected Schools and Teach a Man to Fish visit UNESCO-UNEVOC

On Tuesday 17 September 2013, Mr Pascal Mabille (France), Head of Connected Schools, and Mr Nik Kafka (United Kingdom), Managing Director of Teach a Man to Fish, visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany. This meeting was organized to explore possibilities of cooperation regarding the development of a platform that would provide free access to Open Educational Multimedia Resources mainly for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) teachers.

Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed the representatives and had a brief discussion on UNEVOC’s strategies for enhancing the use of technologies in TVET and the potential for the three parties to cooperate. On behalf of UNESCO-UNEVOC, Mr Max Ehlers with Ms Kenneth Barrientos, engaged in a planning workshop on potential short-term and long-term project approaches for establishing a database of free and open Multimedia Resources for TVET Teachers that can be created, shared, used and re-used across the combined networks of UNESCO-UNEVOC, Connected Schools, Teach a Man to Fish and beyond.

After the discussion, Mr Mabille and Mr Kafka elaborated the work of their organizations in the presence of all UNEVOC Staff to explore possibilities for enhanced cooperation and knowledge-sharing.

‘Teach a Man to Fish’ is an NGO founded in 2006 in London by Nik Kafka. Its mission is to encourage and support education projects that generate sustainable livelihoods for young people across the developing world.

‘Connected Schools’ is an NGO based in France which aims to facilitate vocational training and professional integration of disadvantaged children by enabling their teachers to run courses of the best national level.

The three organizations are getting together as a follow up to the virtual conference on ICT in TVET held in May 2013, hosted by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre and moderated by Mr Kafka. Based on the reflections drawn from the conference, it had become evident that there is a dearth of free and useful teaching and learning resources specific to vocational education and skill development that are open and available for teachers. This lack is a serious barrier to accessing TVET programmes for all and for integrating the use of ICT in skill development and TVET effectively.

The organizations are also connected through the Paraguayan UNEVOC Centre, Fundacion Paraguay, which itself is a self-sufficient school.

Representatives from King's Group and Festo Didactic visit UNESCO-UNEVOC

On 19 September 2013, representatives from King's Group and Festo Didactic visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn. The visit was organized to facilitate an information exchange on broad sustainable development and water-related issues on quality, skills needs, technologies and interventions. UNESCO-UNEVOC’s leadership role in developing the Greening TVET framework was discussed as well as the Centre’s active cooperation with the German Government and relevant institutions in water and water-related skill development.

Festo Didactic is providing expert support to a project in Kerala which seeks to advance the principles of creating sustainable communities targeting critical aspects such as community building and support, sustainable resource production, use and consumption, and technology and culture which are also considered important pillars in modelling a holistic education-based framework for green-oriented transformations. The delegates furthermore informed about the Global Water Center, recently established by the Water Council in the United States of America to align regional water research community and water related industries and to support in establishing Milwaukee as a world water hub for fresh water research, economic development and education.

The visit provided the opportunity to expand UNESCO-UNEVOC’s Network of contacts in water-related research and education for potential synergies. In the context of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s upcoming involvement in the IFAT 2014, Mr. Shyamal Majumdar conveyed an invitation for proposals for promising practices in water and water-related innovations from the private sector.

Delegation from Southeast Asia visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On Friday 30 August 2013, a delegation from the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Indonesia, and Vietnam visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre at its premises in Bonn, Germany. The 20 delegates were TVET experts from ministries and TVET institutions and visited as part of a 9-month International Leadership Training programme on TVET, Climate Change and Green Jobs funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. They were accompanied by representatives from the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. The aim of the visit was to learn more about the work of the International Centre and its global Network, particularly in the area of Greening TVET.

Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, delivered the opening remarks, in which he highlighted the important role of young people in promoting sustainability in TVET. This was followed by a presentation from Ms Dagmar Winzier, Programme Expert at UNESCO-UNEVOC, on ‘Advancing Greening TVET (GTVET) Agenda Issues and Challenges’. The delegates were also informed about an upcoming conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea (September 4-6, 2013) co-organized by UNESCO-UNEVOC, the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) and GIZ. In addition, the online services offered by the Centre were introduced by Ms Lisa Freiburg, UNESCO-UNEVOC’s Communications Focal Point.

From April to June 2013 an Indonesian participant of the delegation has conducted an internship, at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre as part of the ILT programme. The International Leadership Training (ILT) provides opportunities for highly qualified and motivated people from developing and emerging countries to prepare specifically for future leadership in their home countries.
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German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety visit UNESCO-UNEVOC

On Monday 12 August 2013, Ms Julia Seim and Ms Kerstin Hoth of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany. The visit was organized to exchange information and explore ways of collaboration between both institutions. A special focus was given to the issue of Greening TVET.

Delegation from Central Asia visits UNESCO-UNEVOC

On 6 August 2013, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed a delegation from Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan who visited the International Centre as part of the GIZ regional programme professional education and training in Central Asia. The 21 participants were representatives of partner institutions of GIZ ranging from Education and Labour Ministries, Universities and Research Institutions.

After a welcome speech by Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, in which he addressed recent developments in TVET and highlighted the importance of working together to achieve quality TVET, a Programme Expert at UNESCO-UNEVOC presented on the UNEVOC Network and the Centre’s online services. The presentations were followed by a discussion on how the participants could benefit from these services and a visit to the library.

The regional programme professional education and training in Central Asia aims at supporting partner institutions in the areas of curriculum development, TVET teacher training, study programs (agriculture and food Processing), and cooperation with industries.

We thank all representatives for the visit and look forward collaborating in the future.

The members of the delegation were:

Head of Delegation: Anna Lazor, GIZ Component Leader

Ms Rimma Massyrova

Ms Bakhytzhamal Arzanbayeva

Ms Svetlana Udartseva

Ms Gulmira Skabayeva

Ms Burul Chokoeva

Ms Masuma Bashirova

Mr Asylbek Isabekov

Mr Kalybek Dykanaliev

Mr Usen Omuraliev

Mr Bobodzhon Makhmadaliev

Ms Latofat Nazirova

Mr Nurulla Zikrillayev

Mr Bekmurat Tulaev

Mr Yuriy Pisetskiy

Ms Dilafruz Jalalova

Ms Zulfiya Boltaeva


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