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UNESCO Publications


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.

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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UNESCO IHE Education and Training Guide 2016

The UNESCO-IHE Education and Training Guide presents a range of educational solutions for water professionals who wish to increase their expertise or invigorate their knowledge and skills for today's work environment. The Education and Training Gu ...

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World Education Forum 2015: Incheon Declaration - Education 2030

Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all
(multilingual document in 6 languages) UNESCO together with UNICEF, the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women and UNHCR organized the World Education Forum 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 19 – 22 May 2015, hosted by the Republic of Korea. Ove ...

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Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning

Why Recognition Matters
This book deals with the relevance of recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning education and training, the workplace and society. In an increasing number of countries, it is at the top of the policy and research agenda ranking a ...

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Leveraging Information and Communication Technologies to Achieve the Post-2015 Education Goal

QINGDAO DECLARATION. 2015-2030: A journey towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning
Report of the International Conference on ICT and Post-2015 Education The key output of the conference was the adoption of the Qingdao Declaration, which provides Member States with policy recommendations for harnessing the power of ICT to address ...

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Global Forum on Skills for work and life: post 2015

14-16 October 2014, Bonn, Germany

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Unleashing the Potential. Transforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training

In view of steadily rising expectations on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems this book takes stock of contextual demands and recent policy trends from around the world. The book identifies an expanding disconnect between ...

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UNESCO Bangkok: News on ICT in education newsletter: ICT in TVET

May 2015 | UNESCO Bangkok Office
The rapid advancement of ICT has influenced education, especially how we teach and learn and what to teach and learn. Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is not an exception. For example, ICT enables students to access their online tra ...

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Global Inventory of Regional and National Qualifications Frameworks

Volume I: Thematic Chapters
Chapter 1: Between communication and transformation: the impact of European national qualifications frameworks Chapter 2: Links between NQFs and validation of non-formal and informal learning Chapter 3: NQF links with informal sector skills develo ...

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Shanghai Update 3: Follow-up on the Third International TVET Congress

May 2015
The third issue of the Shanghai Update newsletter contains information and reflections on developments with regard to the international community's education and skills for 2030 and was distributed at the World Education Forum in Incheon, Republic of ...

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