Learning to learn for life and work: Inspiring Youth in TVET
UNESCO-UNEVOC is pleased to share stories submitted by its UNEVOC Centres about inspiring young people who are realizing their ambitions through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). These young people are students, teachers/trainers or graduates of UNEVOC Centres. The stories presented below are a selection of the submissions received. To read more inspiring stories, please visit here
Country: United Arab Emirates
Nominee: Roudha Bin Bahr
“Mastering a specific technical or vocational skill, no matter how complicated, can be achieved. All you need is the confidence, willingness and courage to pursue your passion.”
Roudha Bin Bahr, 23 years old, is an Emirati Chemical Engineer, currently employed by Petrofac International.
She was the only female engineer to compete in the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning category in the WorldSkills 2017 competition held by ACTVET.
In preparation for her participation in the competition, Roudha trained in a factory alongside 800 male technicians.
Roudha has undertaken the following roles:
- Expert in World Skills Asia 2018
- Chief Expert in Emirates Skills 2018 & 2019
- Expert in WorldSkills Kazan 2019 (upcoming)
After her participation in WorldSkills 2017, Roudha was able to motivate more UAE nationals and females to pursue training in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.
UNEVOC Centre: Bow Valley College (BVC)
Nominee: Micah Louison
“Once you find something you are passionate about, you should aim for that and be paid to play. Be realistic about that passion: you need to address a problem and consider who is willing to pay for a solution.”
Originally from Grenada, Micah, 25 years old, moved with his family to Canada following a devastating hurricane when he was a child. Micah’s own inspiration came from his personal experience of a natural disaster.
- Knowing the challenges that people in disaster zones face, Micah’s concept for a ‘Home In A Bag’ was a direct result of wanting to support and empower others who go through similar natural disasters/emergencies.
- It was Micah’s goal of helping others through education that led him to Bow Valley College and to participate in VentureQuest, where he won third place, and started a new path in the community as an innovator and entrepreneur.
- Since then, Micah has been active in his community, being on a local television show ‘100% Local’ to highlight his achievements, as well as being part of the 1st cohort of the League of Innovators in Calgary.
- This exposure and success as a role model led to Micah being asked by the Calgary Board of Education to become a community mentor for Grade 8/9 students, as well as becoming a Counsellor for Entrepreneurship and Critical Thinking as part of the Canada-wide Tim Horton’s Foundation.
UNEVOC Centre: Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology (MCAST)
Nominee: Alagib Maki al Tahir
"Never stop learning! Learning is an ongoing process. When you stop learning, you kill your dreams."
Alagib, 28 years old, is from Sudan. He is a student at MCAST, enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Category A Licence Course.
He arrived in Malta in 2014 following a risky journey through the Sahara Desert and across the Mediterranean Sea.
- Alagib is in his first year of studies at MCAST on a two-year course and works as an apprentice with Lufthansa Technik.
- When Alagib commenced his journey out of Sudan he realised the importance of acquiring skills in his life. He left the country because of the war in Darfur.
- In five years, he obtained a Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and a Diploma in Aviation Maintenance. Alagib is innovative and a visionary – through learning, the sky is the limit!
Nominee: Edith Esmeralda Medina Garcia
"Find your passion and generate a change, no matter how small or great. We can always be that spark of light for someone who needs it."
Edith Esmeralda Medina Garcia, 17 years old, is a fourth semester student pursuing studies in Maintenance of Electronic Systems in CONALEP Coahuila.
- Participation and interest generated by the STEM world (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has provided the opportunity to participate in world competitions such as FIRST (for inspiration and recognition of science and technology).
- Edith is also self-taught in Braille and gives robotics courses to children with visual disabilities.
- She has carried out projects to make existing technologies more accessible to all audiences by improving their costs and making them accessible to children and young people of different ages.
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