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Author/s:  Karina Veal
Publisher/s:  UNESCO-UNEVOC
Published:  2012 in Bonn, Germany
ISBN:  978-92-95071-24-7
ULC:  UNEVOC Library Catalogue ID 4084

UNESCO-UNEVOC virtual conference: TVET in post-conflict and post-disaster situations

Report of the UNESCO-UNEVOC online conference, April 2012

The UNESCO-UNEVOC online conference on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in post-conflict and post-disaster situations, which took place on the UNEVOC e-Forum from 16 to 30 April 2012, was initiated to share ideas on the issue and to glean as much as possible about practices around the world. The online conference took place on the UNEVOC e-Forum, an online community for TVET experts from around the world who share information and knowledge about different aspects of TVET. This report summarizes the various contributions from the participants and provides lessons learnt and future recommendations.

A number of topics were introduced to serve as a focus for discussion. Some were introduced by the guest moderator; others were introduced by the participants themselves. The discussion covered the following issues: differences between post-conflict and post-disaster situations, TVET after tsunami or natural disaster; the challenges and importance of reintegrating ex-combatants; the role of TVET for (post-conflict) employment; the role of TVET during unstable situations and in emergency phase; the necessary components of skill programmes relevant in post-conflict and post-disaster situations; and the importance of considering personal recovery and resilience.

Participants agreed that universal elements of good practice are important, while also recognizing that local factors – which include the people and their cultural, social, religious and environmental outlook – must be well understood and must underpin all aspects of planning and delivery. TVET programming should be comprehensive and include non-vocational components, such as generic and entrepreneurial skills. Finally, the participating TVET experts expressed that a good response of TVET in post-conflict and post-disaster situations requires the active involvement of three main partners – government to set policy and regulations, training providers to do the actual training, and employers who will employ the training graduates.


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