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Professionalization and Modernization in initial and in-service Training of TVET Personnel in ASEAN

Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 November 2013


© GIZ Office Bangkok
The development of effective policies for the improvement and professionalization of TVET teachers and related staff is highlighted in the Shanghai Consensus as essential in our efforts to expand the access and improve the quality of TVET. The policy document strongly advocates "the development of policies and frameworks for professionalizing TVET staff". The importance of modernizing the training of TVET personnel is also stressed in the ASEAN Leaders Statement on Human Resources and Skills Development for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth which states the need to "encourage the use of appropriate pedagogy in human resource and skills development, and design high-quality training syllabus, curriculums and textbooks relevant to the labour market."

In this context, and in line with the ‘Busan partnership for effective development cooperation’, GIZ Magdeburg, in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC, OVEC THAILAND and HRD Korea, organized an International TVET Experts Meeting on Professionalization and Modernization in initial and in-service Training of TVET Personnel in ASEAN from 6-8 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The meeting facilitated the exchange of national and international experiences with regard to the status of education and training of TVET teachers and instructors. Through a range of panel discussions, emphasis was placed on the future requirements to modernize teacher education and training, identify opportunities for networking and cooperation, and mobilize national, regional and international support to advance the education and training of TVET teachers and instructors across the ASEAN region. A staff member of UNESCO-UNEVOC delivered a presentation on the outcomes of a virtual conference on TVET teacher education held on the UNEVOC e-Forum in 2012, which highlighted the need to improve both pre-service and in-service training to ensure that both the technical and pedagogical skills of TVET teachers are up-to-date.

The meeting was attended by 100 participants from 10 countries of the ASEAN region and Europe. Participants included regional TVET teachers, alumni of the GIZ International Leadership Training programme and representatives from international and regional organizations such as CPSC, SEAMEO-VOCTECH, ASEAN Secretariat, UNESCO Bangkok, GIZ and UNESCO-UNEVOC.

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