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Ministry of Higher Education

UNEVOC Centre (Ministry) since 1994

The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) has a mandate to oversee Vocational Education and Training, University Education, as well as Science Technology and innovation. The Government of Zambia, through the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) has been working on reforming its system of technical education, vocational and entrepreneurship training. In 1996, the Government issued a policy document, i.e. The Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (TEVET) Policy. Consequently, the 1998 TEVET Act No. 13 mandated the MSTVT to oversee all training in the country that is related to skills development and entrepreneurship training. The Ministry also launched the National Policy on Higher Education and the National Work Based Learning Framework in 2019. The Work Based Learning Framework has two supporting documents: National Internship Guidelines and Capacity Needs Assessment.

In 2000 the Department of Technical Education and Vocational Training (DTEVT - former UNEVOC Centre) was dissolved, a training authority was created known as the Technical and Educational Vocational and Entrepreneurship Authority, managed by a board. Additionally, management boards were appointed for the training institutions under the ministry. There are 28 training institutions under the Ministry located in all the 10 provinces of Zambia.

In order for MOHE to carry out its mandate of policy formulation, policy implementation and policy monitoring and evaluation, the Department of Vocational Education and Training was created to carry out these new functions. This department is headed by a Director, two Assistant Directors and four senior officers. The Department is responsible for promotion and projecting the development of vocational education and training and increase stakeholder participation in provision of technical education vocational and entrepreneurship training. The functions of the Department has two sections, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Development. The primary function of the Department is to promote vocational education and training in Zambia in line with the TEVET policy. The Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) www.teveta.org.zm falling under the Ministry and the department is responsible for regulating the TVET sector. The department is also the Secretariat to the Skills Development Fund Management Committee which oversees the planning and implementation of the Skills Development Fund.


  • Developing Strategies for popularizing various technical skills and vocational training;
  • Identifying and analyzing national skills and professional problems and opportunities;
  • Monitoring and evaluating trends in human resources development, vocational training, provision and promotion;
  • Designing packages of incentives for the provision of skills; and
  • Designing packages of incentives for the development of entrepreneurship and vocational training.

Regular tasks

  • Policy formulation and review;
  • Policy implementation;
  • Policy monitoring and evaluation;
  • Strategy development;
  • Lecturer staff development;
  • Institutional capacity building and development

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge
  Secondary focus
Developing and building capacities
  Secondary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
  Secondary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
  Secondary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
  Interested to contribute
   Interested to learn
OER and Online Learning
  Interested to contribute
Equity of access in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Gender equality in TVET
Interested to lead
Fostering entrepreneurship
  Interested to contribute
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
   Interested to learn

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
Highly interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
Highly interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
  Moderately interested


Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE)
Los Angeles Boulevard, Longacres
PO Box 50464
10101 Lusaka


local time now: ~13:12 ±1 hour daylight saving time

Head of UNEVOC Centre
Alex M. K. Simumba
Dept of Vocational Education and Training

UNEVOC Coordinator
Gabriel Konayuma
Senior Vocational Education and Training Officer
Vocational Education and Training

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27 October 2015
UNEVOC attends Regional Meeting in Harare and Mutare, Zimbabwe
From 14 to 16 October, 60 participants from eight countries representing ministries, youth organisations, NGOs and other UN agencies met in Harare and Mutare in Zimbabwe for a Regional TVET Meeting.
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