The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formally accepted by the United Nations in September 2015 as a global framework for achieving an integrated sustainable development model for 2030 among Member States. Several of the SDG targets can be achieved through quality education (SDG 4), including SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 13 (climate action).
Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is critical in addressing knowledge and skills challenges to achieving the SDGs. More importantly, TVET can transmit the right mindset and attitude among trainees and the future workforce through well-designed education and training programmes. However, the right policies and skills strategies need to be strengthened to maximize its impact.
Issues and challenges
UNESCO-UNEVOC recognizes several challenges to reaching the SDGs and climate-related plans of action:
- Lack of awareness about sustainability
- Low capacity at the levels of decision making, teaching and implementation in practice
- Shortages in skills resulting in unmet labour market demands
- Unsustainable patterns of consumption and production
- Outdated competencies and qualifications
- Lack of recognition and assessment mechanisms for skills acquired through non-formal and informal learning
- Lack of targeted engagement of key actors including youth, community and enterprises
UNESCO-UNEVOC supports TVET institutions in the development and implementation of green strategies to transform their learning and training environments, in fulfilment of their role in skilling learners, upskilling professionals in green job sectors, and re-skilling those affected by job losses due to the transition. By mobilizing TVET Institutions to engage in advocacy and adopt greening TVET practices, UNESCO-UNEVOC helps enable leaders and educators to effectively develop institutional green and climate-responsive strategies that have a positive impact on society and the labour market.
For 2021-2023, UNESCO-UNEVOC’s strategic actions will focus on mainstreaming climate change responses in TVET. The objectives are to launch platforms on TVET and climate change for advocacy, to increase the capacity of TVET institutions, and to develop green action plans. Starting in 2022, UNESCO-UNEVOC will arrange possible support through technical assistance targeted to institutions to advance the implementation of their institutional greening plans.
News & activities
29 June 2021Sustainable development and greening TVET
UNESCO-UNEVOC and UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) organized a webinar for TVET managers in francophone Africa on sustainable development and greening TVET. read more
15 June 2021Skills for the circular economy
During the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO-UNEVOC hosted sessions on Green and Circular Economies and ESD in TVET. These sessions explored ways to restructure business processes in favour of the circular economy, strategies to shift mindsets and nurture lifelong learning, and approaches to mainstream ESD and climate education in TVET. read more
27 May 2021TVET provides a lifeline to Thai farmers
Agricultural workers the world over have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. RMUTT, a UNEVOC Centre in Thailand, has designed a programme to giving rural workers an opportunity to rapidly learn new skills and earn a livelihood.read more
12 May 2021UNESCO launches 'Learn for our planet' campaign
Learn for our planet: What you need to know. Learning is key to finding solutions and creating a more sustainable world. Transformative education is the long-term solution to help change the way we live and care for our planet. Yet, not all learners today are receiving the adequate tools and knowledge to be empowered to act for the planet. This must change. read more
26 November 2019Greening TVET through strategic partnerships
Greening technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is an emerging concept that has gathered momentum in the international community in recent years. TVET is directly linked to the labour market and hence plays a key role in providing knowledge and skills to facilitate the transition to greener economies and societies. read more