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Regional Expert Meeting in Beirut highlights opportunities for online networking to improve TVET in the region

19-21 November 2013, Beirut, Lebanon

Under the patronage of H.E. Professor Hassan Diab, Minister of Education and Higher Education, the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre-Bonn and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education-Beirut, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the General Directorate for Vocational and Technical Education and the Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD) jointly organized a Regional Expert Meeting on Promising Practices in Technical and Vocational Education and Training and Entrepreneurship Education in the Arab States in Beirut, Lebanon.

31 representatives from 14 countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen attended the three-day meeting. The promising practices presented by UNEVOC Centres in the Arab States underlined the extent of educational reform in many of the countries, and revealed a number of recent initiatives dedicated at building linkages with the private sector, the training of teachers/trainers and curriculum development for entrepreneurship and life skills. In addition to national perspectives, UNEVOC Centre representatives from Nigeria, Germany, and Republic of Korea presented on regional activities in their respective regions focusing on greening TVET and youth unemployment. Representatives from regional and international organizations, including the African Development Bank (AfDB)/London School of Economics (LSE), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and INJAZ, concentrated their presentations on policies and practices to tackle youth unemployment through TVET and entrepreneurship education.

The meeting highlighted the common challenges that are faced by many countries in the Arab States: increasing youth unemployment levels; poor linkages with industry; and a shortage of entrepreneurial youth who are sufficiently equipped to create their own jobs. Despite these issues, the dialogue was optimistic and focused on sharing success stories and promising initiatives that could benefit others in the region. Working group sessions provided participants the opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions and identify areas for collaboration in the region. The meeting demonstrated the willingness of different institutions to work closely together in tackling common issues in TVET. It emphasized the interest of participants to work together on the development of an ICT-based platform to facilitate the sharing of experiences on Entrepreneurship Education specifically.

Concept note

Meeting Report: English

Strengthening regional harmonization for the transformation of TVET

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