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UNEVOC and COL organize workshops on online distance learning strategies

1 July 2022

In partnership with UNESCO-UNEVOC, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) recently concluded two online courses on technology-enabled learning and the use of assistive technologies in TVET. Workshops were held in Banjul (The Gambia) and in Lusaka (Zambia) with the Gambian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) and National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA), and with the Zambian Ministry of Technology & Science (MOTS) and the Technical, Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA).

Addressing the workshop participants, Tony Mendy, Director of TVET at MoHERST in The Gambia noted that the Ministry will support implementation of the gender responsive and inclusive institutional online and distance learning (ODL) strategies, which are aligned to the national TVET strategy. Alex Simumba, Director of Vocational Education and Training at MOTS in Zambia said that implementation of the two courses was timely, and the Ministry and TEVETA will work together to ensure effective implementation of the strategies.

Participants in the workshops held at the end of May and in early June included the leaders of TVET institutions and TVET teachers and trainers. The objective of the project has been to support effective ODL in TVET through policy development and capacity strengthening of stakeholders, and to increase access to quality skills development in an inclusive manner with a focus on girls, women, and persons with disabilities. During the workshops, the stakeholders validated 16 institutional strategies.

Both workshops were also used to gather how COVID-19 has impacted TVET stakeholders and TVET provision in Zambia and The Gambia. Robert Okinda, COL Adviser for Technical and Vocational Skills Development, who is leading the joint COL and UNESCO-UNEVOC project, said “the development of frameworks for implementing technology enabled learning at national and institutional level will invariably remediate disruptions of TVET systems and build future resilience.” UNESCO-UNEVOC’s work on this project is made possible with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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