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10-12 December 2012, TVE Centre of Excellence, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
From 10 to 12 December 2012, a regional workshop was organized on entrepreneurship education in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. In the context of the regional project Entrepreneurship Education in the Arab States (2009-2012), as well as two other projects which are implemented jointly in the Kingdom of Bahrain: "Support for the TVE Center for Excellence in Bahrain", and the "Development of Secondary Commercial Education Curricula and Textbooks", the workshop was organized to enhance cooperation between Arab countries, and to share experiences on policies and programmes for the integration of entrepreneurship education in both secondary education and TVET.
The workshop, jointly organized by the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, UNESCO Regional Bureau-Beirut and the Bahrain Centre of Excellence for Technical and Vocational Education, aimed to facilitate the exchange of experiences between specialists and experts in the institutions and ministries of education on the applications of entrepreneurship education at the secondary and TVET programmes; review the curricula and teachers training guidelines/models developed for entrepreneurship education in the region; and develop mechanisms for cooperation and coordination between institutions and relevant ministries on entrepreneurship education initiatives and programmes.
The meeting was opened by the Bahraini Minister of Education Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi. In his opening address Dr Al-Nuaimi stressed the importance of international expertise and cooperation with UNESCO in promoting technical and vocational education.
The regional workshop was attended by 66 participants from 19 Arabic countries, namely: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Participants included representatives from education ministries, TVET institutes and other relevant government bodies that specialize in the area of curriculum development and training, as well as representatives from UNESCO and UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization).
The various sessions focused on identifying the achievements made as part of the UNESCO Regional Project and exploring initiatives of entrepreneurship education and enhancing work skills and employment for youth in the region. The workshop also featured a session on the results of the Third International Congress on TVET (Shanghai, 13-16 May 2012) and the importance of public-private partnership in entrepreneurship education programmes. The workshop highlighted success stories from women entrepreneurs in the region and provided a platform for open dialogue and exchange of experiences within the Arab region.
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