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Below you can find a selection of UNESCO publications that are relevant in the context of TVET. For the full catalogue, please use the UNESCO Digital library.

Polemag Issue #26

IIEP Pôle de Dakar Magazine - July 2017
Revising vocational training In the next two decades, the subject of occupational integration and the role of the education system in promoting employment opportunities will be a fundamental issue for policy-makers and the international community. ...

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Using ICTs and Blended Learning in Transforming TVET

The Education for All initiative concluded in 2015, but in many countries, and particularly in the developing countries, secondary education is still the preserve of the privileged few. This means that millions of adults and young people are denied t ...

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TVET Policy Review: Saint Lucia

Policy reviews aim to improve TVET policies and the TVET system in the reviewed country and to further local capacity to undertake strategic TVET policy analysis and planning that is aligned with sustainable development priorities. The following ...

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Enhancing Relevance in TVET: Review of Progress in the Asia-Pacific since 2012

This Review assesses the progress made by countries in the Asia-Pacific in developing their TVET systems since the Third International Congress on TVET (Shanghai, 2012). It focuses on relevance of TVET, the first recommendation of the Shanghai Consen ...

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Education 2030: Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action

Plan for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Shanghai Update 6: Follow-up on the UNESCO Third International TVET Congress

December 2016
The sixth issue of the Shanghai Update newsletter contains information on how UNESCO is putting into practice its Strategy for TVET (2016-2021).

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Global Education Monitoring Report - 2016 (Gender Review)

Gender Review, creating a sustainable future for all
The Gender Review discusses global and regional trends in achieving parity in education access, participation and completion and in selected learning outcomes, stressing that there is much room for progress. It then shifts to an evidence-based discus ...

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Global Education Monitoring Report - 2016

Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all
The 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) provides an authoritative account of how education is the most vital input for every dimension of sustainable development. This Report makes three messages starkly clear. Firstly, the urgent ne ...

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YouthXchange: green skills and lifestyles guidebook

The YouthXchange guidebooks provide young people with ideas, actions and starting points towards a sustainable world. With nearly half of the world’s population under the age of 25, most living in developing countries, just imagine the impact of yo ...

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UNESCO Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) (2016-2021)

The Strategy sets out key policy areas and actions for the period 2016 to 2021. It contributes to UNESCO’s strategic objectives and is in full alignment with SDG4 to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning ...

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Shanghai Update 5: Follow-up on the UNESCO Third International TVET Congress

July 2016
The fifth issue of the Shanghai Update newsletter contains information on UNESCO´s new Strategy for TVET (2016-2021) and how it will guide the Organization´s work with regards to TVET for the coming years. Other articles focus on UNESCO´s Recom ...

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Enhancing Relevance in TVET

Review of Progress in the Asia-Pacific since 2012
As a follow-up to the Shanghai Congress and the World Education Forum and as a prelude to the Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training (ACET), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 3 to 5 August 2015, UNESCO commissioned a regional study to r ...

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Combating discrimination in education

Ninth consultation of Member Sates on the application of the Convention and the Recommendation against Discrimination in Education (1960)
These Guidelines are intended to assist Member States in the preparation of the Reports on the implementation of the 1960 Convention against Discrimination in Education (“the Convention”) as well as the 1960 Recommendation against Discrimi ...

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What makes a quality curriculum?

In-Progress Reflection No.2 on Current and Critical Issues in Curriculum and Learning
Sustainable Development Goal Four has to do with education in the post-2015 development agenda. It aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. Given the essential role of curr ...

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UNESCO IIEP Pôle de Dakar: Platform of expertise in vocational training (Pefop)

The objective of the platform is to make operational vocational training policies through the mobilization, enhancement and empowerment of public and private actors involved in the implementation of the reform. The launch workshop of the Platform of ...

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Training the 21st-century worker

IBE Working Papers on Curriculum Issues N° 16
How to promote complex skills acquisition? In this latest issue of the IBE Working Papers on Curriculum, the author reviews cognitive research findings on skills acquisition, focusing in particular on the ‘dark network’ of implicit memory, and hi ...

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Recommendation concerning technical and vocational education and training (TVET)

Revised Recommendation 2015
Fifteen years after the last revision, UNESCO released an overhaul of its “2001 Revised Recommendation concerning Technical and Vocational Education”. According to the UNESCO’s general principles, technical vocational education and training ...

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Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks (Vol. II)

Volume II: National and Regional Cases
How far is the world progressing towards comprehensive qualifications frameworks? The 2015 global inventory of regional and national qualifications frameworks was compiled by Cedefop, Unesco-HQ, the European Training Foundation and the Unesco Instit ...

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Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good

The changes in the world today are characterized by new levels of complexity and contradiction. These changes generate tensions for which education is expected to prepare individuals and communities by giving them the capability to adapt and to respo ...

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Level-setting and recognition of learning outcomes

The use of level descriptors in the twenty-first century
The research presented in this report explores the global phenomenon of learning across boundaries, but with a specific focus on the manner in which the level of learning is recognized through the use of level descriptors. The research draws on the d ...

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Shanghai Update 4: Follow-up on the UNESCO Third International TVET Congress

November 2015
The fourth issue of the Shanghai Update newsletter contains information on the 2030 Agenda including 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how TVET is prominently reflected in them. Other articles inform on World Youth Skills Day, ICT in T ...

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Review of the Pacific Framework for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

The Review of the Pacific Framework for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was conducted in an effort to evaluate the progress and uptake of the Pacific TVET Framework (2012-15), and to identify lessons learned and effective pract ...

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Transversal Skills in TVET: Policy Implications

Asia-Pacific Education System Review Series, No. 8 (2nd Edition)
This booklet deals with transversal skills in TVET and focuses on the way these skills are defined in policies across the Asia-Pacific region. It elaborates on the need for these skills and explores different definitions and concepts used in some cou ...

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Teacher development: how will we support and train teachers?

Teachers are the key to successful learning and have a special role in education for learning to live together (LTLT) and disaster risk reduction (DRR). If the teacher does not convey respect for members of all ethnic groups, for example, lessons on ...

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UNESCO-UNEVOC virtual conference: Skills for the creative industries

Report of the UNESCO-UNEVOC virtual conference, 29 September - 10 October 2014
To further our understanding of skills for creative industries, UNESCO-UNEVOC organized a virtual conference from 29 September to 10 October 2014 on the UNEVOC e-Forum. Moderated by Paul Collard, Chief Executive at Creativity, Culture and Education ( ...

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