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UNEVOC Centre in Focus: The National Directorate for Technical Education- DINET

Mr Manuel Caetano, focal point of the UNEVOC Centre in Mozambique © DINET
Introducing the new feature of our Bulletin: UNEVOC Centre in Focus This issue’s “UNEVOC Centre in focus” is the National Directorate for Technical Education- DINET

The National Directorate for Professional Technical Education (DINET) is one of the Ministry departments that is responsible for Professional Technical Education (PTE) across Mozambique. DINET has been a UNEVOC’s Network member since 1999, and works in the field of Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) particularly in policy making and curriculum design. As a Network member, DINET has been actively involved in the promotion, transformation and scaling up of TVET as recommended by the third TVET congress in Shanghai.

Mr Manuel Caetano, focal point of the UNEVOC Centre in Mozambique, spoke to UNESCO-UNEVOC about the work of the Directorate.

What has been the biggest benefit of being a UNEVOC Centre?
“The international sharing of good practices, innovation and expertise among UN Member States has been the biggest benefit of being a UNEVOC Centre. The virtual conferences organized by UNESCO-UNEVOC bring valuable interactions among TVET experts and helps understanding what is really happening in the world of TVET. The UNEVOC Network has made it possible for us to share experiences with others, and discuss issues of common relevance. And of course, the range of publications and other resources have helped a great deal too.”

TVET students in Mozambique © DINET

What does TVET development look like in Mozambique?
“Since TVET is the most expensive educational subsystem, the biggest challenge has been to mobilize the financial resources needed to implement quality TVET. We need the expertise and a skilled workforce to work in the emerging natural resources sector, such as coal, gas and petrol. The TVET reform in Mozambique, which launched in 2006, has helped changing the paradigm of TVET, placing greater emphasis on competency-based training and improving access in rural areas. The participation of women in TVET has also greatly increased since the reform was initiated.”

What has the UNEVOC Centre been up to this year?
“We participated in the conference held in Gaborone, Botswana, organized by UNESCO-UNEVOC in cooperation with the Botswana Qualifications Authority. The conference discussed youth transitions and network consolidation, which provided a platform for regional and international expertise on school-to-work transitions and regional challenges in both the formal and informal sector.”

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This interview is part of the UNEVOC Bulletin, the newsletter of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre. To read the Bulletin, please click here,and to subscribe to the Bulletin, please fill out this form.

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