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National Council for the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education Institutions
Conselho Nacional das Instituições da Rede Federal de Educação Profissional, Científica e Tecnológica (CONIF)
The National Council for the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education Institutions (Conif) was created in 2009. Conif assembles the group of federal institutions of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education of Brazil,... <show more>
The National Council for the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education Institutions (Conif) was created in 2009. Conif assembles the group of federal institutions of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education of Brazil, presents in all federation units. It is a place for discussion, proposition and promotion of development policies to professional and technological training, research and innovation.
Besides thirty-eight federal institutes, two Federal Centers of Technological Education (Cefets, in Portuguese) and Pedro II School integrate the Network that, in the last years, had a significant process of expansion, with investments bigger than five billion (R$) between 2011 and 2015. The numbers jumped from 140 schools and 160 thousand registers in 2002 to 644 learning units, one million registers, around 60 thousand servants (teachers and administrators) and about 20 thousand research and technological extension projects all over Brazil.
The institutions have the social commitment to offer excellent free public vocational education to young people and workers, from the country and the city. Articulated with local productive arrangements they enable the effective access to scientific and technological achievements, through the offer of vocational qualification in several areas of knowledge; promote applied research and innovation; act strongly in the technological extension; cover several levels and modalities of vocational education, from the basic to graduate school, including teachers’ formation, based in its own educational project.
Politically and administratively, Conif acts as an instance to the debate and the defense of a public vocational and technological education conception.
As a representative entity of the Federal Network institutions it acts with different society’s representations, Legislative Power and, frequently, helps the Ministry of Education (MEC, in Portuguese) in the planning of actions and projects destined to the evolution of Brazilian vocational education, effectively participating of the articulations to the creation of the Federal Institutes (Law n 11.892/2008).
To strengthen the Federal Network Institutions, through articulation and political representation, in benefit of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education – free, public and excellent with socially acknowledged quality.
- Foster integration, strengthening and consolidation of federal institutions of vocational, scientific and technological education;
- Promote actions to define policies ensuring the free, public and inclusive character of the institutions that compos... <show more>
Foster integration, strengthening and consolidation of federal institutions of vocational, scientific and technological education;
Promote actions to define policies ensuring the free, public and inclusive character of the institutions that compose the Council;
Represent the group of affiliates.
It is responsible for leading and supporting the Network, besides working continuously for improvements in infrastructure and labor conditions to the public workers, with the objective of maintaining the recognized learning excellence attributed to the... <show more>
It is responsible for leading and supporting the Network, besides working continuously for improvements in infrastructure and labor conditions to the public workers, with the objective of maintaining the recognized learning excellence attributed to the institutions, which offer free vocational education in several levels and modalities.
The Council also promotes strategic and effective actions to strengthen the internationalization of the EPCT Network, narrowing relations with other countries and solidifying technical cooperation.
Jerônimo Rodrigues da Silva
Function: Coordinator of Conif International Affairs Chamber and Rector of Federal Institute of Brasília
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Conselho Nacional das Instituições da Rede Federal de Educação Profissional, Científica e Tecnológica (CONIF)
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News and Documents
12 September 2018UNEVOC Latin American Network Strengthens Ties
During its annual REDITEC meeting in Brazil, the National Council of the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific, and Technological Education Institutions (Conif), jointly with UNESCO-UNEVOC, organized a UNEVOC Network cluster meeting for Latin America. (more
5 October 2017Capacity Development for Green Champions
Workshop to develop Green Champions in TVET Institutions in West, East and Southern Africa, to be hosted by Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (on invitation only).
30 January 2017New UNEVOC Centres in Brazil and Kenya
The UNEVOC Network welcomes its two newest members, the National Council for the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education Institutions (Conif) in Brazil, and the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) in Kenya. (more
Cluster Latin America
31 August 2018Shaping Transformative TVET Leaders in Latin America
The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme for Latin America took place in August 2018 in Panama City. Jointly organized by UNESCO-UNEVOC and the UNESCO San José Office, and hosted by INADEH of Panama, the regional UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme aims to help those in change agent positions become transformative leaders. (more
15 July 2018The UNEVOC Network celebrates World Youth Skills Day
On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day (15 July), more than 30 UNEVOC Centres celebrated the importance of Skills for Youth, through conferences, workshop, skills exhibition and promotional campaigns. Discover our interactive map to learn more about those initiatives. (more
26 January 2018International Summit on Education 2018
On January 11 to 12, 2018 Duoc UC (Chile) organized the Inter-American Conferences on School Leadership and Management, which combines experts and leaders in the formulation and management of initiatives that seek to develop leadership skills in schools and colleges; and the Conferences on Higher Education Management. (more
6 December 2017Mainstreaming Entrepreneurial Skills in TVET: Engaging key global stakeholders
UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre and DUOC UC – a UNEVOC Centre in Chile, together with UNESCO’s Youth, Literacy and Skills Development Section, and UNESCO Santiago, are organizing an Experts Consultation Meeting on mainstreaming entrepreneurial skills in TVET. This meeting is underway in Santiago from 5-7 December 2017, with the discussions involving various UNEVOC Centres and other key stakeholders. (more
17 March 2017Supporting entrepreneurship through self-sufficient schools
The UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practices database presents inspiring initiative tackling key-themes in TVET. Fundación Paraguaya not only educates rural and low-income youth, but transforms them into entrepreneurs who can potentially lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Find out more about this innovative practice. (more
1 March 2017Fundación Paraguaya’s Self-Sufficient Schools
Under Fundación Paraguaya's the Self-Sufficient Schools model, students learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become entrepreneurs and they also apply what they learn in a real-life context.The incomes generated in this way go towards school operating costs, thus enabling the schools to become self-sustaining. (more
1 March 2017Elements that motivate school dropouts In CONALEP 2016
This study investigates the motivation for dropping out of school. Recommendations and suggestions are generated that help to reduce school dropout rates in the CONALEP System. http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/network/up/Abandono_Escolar_2016.pdf (Spanish) (more
31 January 2017Laboratoria, code that transforms
In Peru, a web development company became aware of the lack of female software developers in the country and decided to set up a six-month training course for disadvantaged women. Graduates find employment and see their income sensibly improving. (more
31 August 2016CONALEP in Mexico publishes studies
The National College of Technical Professional Education (CONALEP) in Mexico, UNEVOC Centre since 2015, has published a number of studies which sheds light on the situation and performance of TVET in Mexico. All reports are in Spanish.
5 April 2016Workshop for TVET institutions
The Technical Secretary of the National Qualifications and Vocational Training System in Ecuador has started offering workshops to TVET institutions with the aim of providing information on how to register programmes. The workshops also give an introduction to a procedure related to the Recognition of Personnel Certification Bodies. (more
30 March 2016Registration for TVET institutions begins!
As of 22 March, SETEC has made available a web application that enables TVET institution to take part in a registration process, with the aim of obtaining information regarding TVET offers, location of TVET institutions, type of TVET programs offered and areas where TVET programs are focused on. (more
3 December 2015UNESCO-UNEVOC at the TVET Forum for Latin America in Montevideo, Uruguay
From 23 to 25 November, 2015, an expert meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, convened 40 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) stakeholders and ministry representatives from Latin American countries to discuss the challenges TVET faces looking towards the implementation of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the period 2015-2030. (more
18 August 2015WorldSkills competition and conference in São Paulo
More than 1500 people from over 70 countries met in São Paulo, Brazil, from the 11 to 16 August for the WorldSkills competition and conference. UNESCO-UNEVOC contributed to a very stimulating programme which showcased the next generation of youth skills. (more
30 July 2015UNESCO and UNEVOC participate in WorldSkills São Paulo
From 11-16 August 2015 the WorldSkills competition takes place in Brazil. Running in parallel to the competition a Conference programme brings together leaders in the field of TVET to discuss current global skills issues. (more
18 September 2013 Education That Pays For Itself 2013
From 22 to 24 October 2013, the San Francisco Agricultural School Paraguay, which is run by Fundación Paraguaya, will host the 7th Education That Pays For Itself 2013 conference with the theme “Linking Education, Employability and Enterprise in Cerrito, Paraguay. (more
1 January 1970Chile Joven - Reducing Youth Unemployment through short-term training programmes in Latin America
This Promising Practice describes a programme in Chile targeted at the young, low-income, poorly educated population (hence why the name Joven – ‘young’ is used in countries such as Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic). In most cases, the programmes introduce targeting tools or eligibility criteria that limit service provision to the more disadvantaged youth, including age, being unemployed or underemployed, and not being enrolled in the formal school system. (more