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TVET and ESD in Asia and the Pacific

Integrating Sustainable Development Issues into TVET: Poverty Alleviation and Skills for Employability, Citizenship and Conservation in Asia and the Pacific

On 10-12 August 2005, TVET experts from around Asia came together for an international conference on Integrating Sustainable Development Issues into TVET: Poverty Alleviation and Skills for Employability, Citizenship and Conservation in Asia and the Pacific. The objectives of the two-day conference were to exchange knowledge, experiences and best practices in integrating sustainable development issues into TVET.

The discussions focused on two themes:

  • Poverty Alleviation and
  • Economic Vitality and Skills Development for Employability, Citizenship and Conservation.
Case studies of strategies for achieving these in TVET came from many parts of the region and included:

  • Skills development for migrant workers in China
  • Power tool education and training (VET through PET) in India
  • Integrating sustainability concepts into training packages in Australia
  • Training workers in critical thinking skills in Thailand
  • TVET for literacy, rural transformation and gender equity
  • Skills development for income generation through non-formal education
  • Learning to Do curriculum materials from the UNESCO-UNEVOC and UNESCO-Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE)
  • Intercultural education for promoting sustainable development in TVET
Over 1000 people attended the opening ceremony of the conference, which corresponded with an international TVET fair at the conference venue. A highlight of the many displays was an exhibit of the innovative ways in which TVET colleges in Thailand responded to the tsunami that struck large parts of the southern and western coasts of Thailand on 26 December 2004. These ranged from emergency training for construction workers to the design of fiberglass fishing boats, exactly the same style as the traditional wooden ones that had been destroyed.

UNESCO-UNEVOC, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) Thailand, and the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) jointly hosted the meeting.

A CD-ROM containing the presentations of the conference has recently been published and is available free-of-charge from UNESCO-UNEVOC at order(at)unevoc.unesco.org.



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