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Regional Forum on Greening TVET and Youth Employment in Latin America and the Caribbean

27-29 August 2013, San José, Costa Rica

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA, Costa Rica), organized a Regional Forum on Transforming TVET in San José, Costa Rica to facilitate regional exchange and knowledge sharing and following the Shanghai Consensus recommendations and the outcomes of the UNEVOC International Forum (November 2012). The 2-day forum provided a platform for regional and national institutions to come together and share evidence-based promising practices and initiatives that aim to tackle youth employment and address environmental challenges in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Youth are among the most vulnerable when it comes to secure decent employment. They face barriers when trying to enter the job market such as a lack of work experience and contacts. In addition, they are the first to be dismissed in times of an economic crisis. This makes them at least three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, and up to five times in South-East Asia and the Pacific. In response to this issue, UNEVOC Centres are introducing new policies and practices, which they presented at the regional forum. Examples include the development of a competency-based modular programme for secondary TVET in Guyana and an initiative in Jamaica that focuses on increasing access to teaching resources through the production of instructional DVDs.

Greening TVET concerned the second theme of the forum. Across the globe, countries are facing challenges due to growing environmental degradation and climatic changes, which require a methodical and systematic approach to changing job opportunities and skill demands as new industries and job profiles emerge. TVET institutions need to be responsive to these dynamics in order to produce a workforce that matches the actual market requirements. Among the promising practices presented were a project on waste management in car mechanics workshops in Costa Rica and an initiative on the integration of sustainability into the college curriculum in Grenada.

The forum was attended by approximately 35 participants from 14 countries, including representatives from UNEVOC Centres, UNESCO Offices, and other regional and international organizations, such as the Association for Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the International Labour Organization(ILO).

Meeting report: English / Spanish

Asia and Pacific Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development
Africa Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development
Strengthening regional harmonization for the transformation of TVET

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