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Issue #1 - April 2020


Dear readers,

The first quarter of 2020 has seen the world struggle to deal with the far-reaching consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on health, economic and education systems. Out of the total population of students enrolled in education globally, UNESCO estimates that over 90% are currently not in school due to COVID-19 closures. This represents more than 1.5 billion children and youth in 191 countries.

As TVET institutions seek practical solutions to move towards distance learning models, UNESCO-UNEVOC has developed a COVID-19 peer support page that provides an extensive list of resources to facilitate this transition. We hope these resources will help you to develop innovative strategies to tackle this unprecedented challenge. If you have any tips or advice on this topic that could be useful for others in the TVET community, share your insights on the TVeT Forum and take part in this joint ILO-UNESCO survey to help TVET learners and trainers, policy makers, social partners and other stakeholders manage the learning and training process effectively, and increase resilience at this difficult time.

In this first issue of the UNEVOC Quarterly, we take the opportunity to highlight the appointment of Ms. Soo-Hyang Choi as Director of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for TVET and provide a snapshot of our activities over the past three months. For a broader overview of our work, access the newly published UNESCO-UNEVOC Biennial Report 2018-2019 in our online library. We also encourage you to explore the recently relaunched UNESCO-UNEVOC website for the latest TVET-related resources.

Best wishes from the UNESCO-UNEVOC team

Latest News

20 March 2020
TVET peer support in response to COVID-19
The global COVID-19 crisis has impacted not only our health, lives and economies, but also the labour market and education sector. Many countries implemented temporary measures to slow down the spread of the virus, which included closing public institutions, businesses and schools.
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14 February 2020
Developing a practical guide for mainstreaming entrepreneurial learning
In an ever-changing world of work and skills demands, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) systems are increasingly aware of the importance of equipping young people with entrepreneurial skills and mindsets. Entrepreneurial learning offers a realistic and achievable means to develop the transferable skills that societies and economies are demanding of citizens today.
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4 February 2020
Fostering action-oriented partnerships among UNEVOC Centres in the Arab States
A UNEVOC Network Consolidation Workshop was organized in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Centre for TVET (ACTVET). This workshop aimed at understanding the needs of UNEVOC Centres in the Arab States and developing responsive engagements in the region.
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9 January 2020
Soo-Hyang Choi appointed Director of UNESCO-UNEVOC
UNESCO-UNEVOC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Soo-Hyang Choi as its new Director. Ms. Choi has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education and previously held the position of Director of the Division for Peace and Sustainable Development within UNESCO’s Education Sector.
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Updates from the UNEVOC Network

25 March 2020
ACTVET publishes report on how it is responding to the COVID-19 crisis
The Abu Dhabi Centre for TVET (ACTVET) has published an e-learning report on how it is enabling students to continue their learning during the COVID-19 crisis.
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27 February 2020
Céreq, France, becomes a UNEVOC Centre
We are pleased to welcome the French Centre for Study and Research on Training and Qualifications (Céreq) as the newest member of the UNEVOC Network! As a public centre of expertise, Céreq provides advice in the areas of education and training policies at the regional, national or international level.
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16 February 2020
SRTTU highlights the importance of green skills
The Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University (SRTTU) conducted its second Energy Education Festival to increase awareness of the importance of green skills.
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Just Published


Biennial Report 2018-2019
This Biennial Report gives a comprehensive overview of UNESCO-UNEVOC's activities in technical and vocational education and training over the biennium 2018-2019.

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Understanding the return on investment from TVET. A practical guide

Strengthening technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is an important strategy to contribute to equitable, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies. Indeed, one of the Sustainable Development Goals focuses on ensuring ‘inclu ...

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FADIO: promoting distance education

UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practice
FADIO represents a unique collaborative initiative that takes full advantage of education in a digital environment. Not all educational institutions have the resources to develop the pedagogical and technical aspects related to distance education on ...

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Development of female entrepreneurship

UNESCO-UNEVOC Promising Practice
iHUB’s Programme for the Development of Female Entrepreneurship is the first initiative in Ukraine to support women in business creation, from the initial idea to the set-up of a working business. It covers both knowledge and practical support, inc ...

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Upcoming Events

15 July 2020
World Youth Skills Day
Every year on 15 July, World Youth Skills Day emphasizes the importance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in providing youth with the opportunities to develop their competencies and accelerate their transition to work.
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