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The report of the online conference on “Greening TVET: Qualifications and implementation strategies” is now online.
The two-week virtual conference that took place from 12 to 26 November 2013 on UNESCO-UNEVOC’s e-Forum brought together 185 participants from 65 countries worldwide. Its objective was to gather knowledge and experience to identify the needs for green TVET (GTVET), including curriculum development and implementation strategies.
The moderators were Dr. Julia Kastrup, who holds a doctoral degree in vocational and business education and a diploma in nutrition and home economics, in collaboration with Ms Dagmar Winzier, Programme Expert at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in the field of greening TVET and education for sustainable development.
This was the second virtual conference on Greening TVET and built on the previous discussion on “Green skills for sustainable development” that took place on the e-forum in 2012.
The discussions highlighted the importance of systematically integrating green competencies into TVET systems. According to the participants, green skills and attitudes should be part of curricula, training regulations and training programmes. Green skills should be applied in teacher training and in-company training and become part of education and training in TVET schools and training centres.
The participants shared their opinion and gave examples and recommendations how to develop and implement GTVET strategies at institutional, governmental and administrative levels in order to facilitate the development and application of green skills and knowledge in all educational and training as well as in the informal educational sector.
In the course of the two-week virtual conference, a web -conference was also held where participants stressed the importance of communication and cooperation between TVET experts to keep the debate going and to support policy initiatives and incentives to strengthen the link between the education and industry in order to gain green qualifications that meet the labour market’s needs.
To conclude, the online discussion confirmed that GTVET in the context of sustainable development (SD) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) can improve the competitiveness of companies and thus raise the rate of employment. But the participants also stated that the transition towards green economies and societies can only be achieved when green skills, attitudes and knowledge become part of work and life.