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Issue #2 - July 2020


Dear readers,

Over the past few months, people around the world have shown solidarity in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and reinforced how global cooperation is needed to build a better future. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions have stepped up to serve their communities by sewing medical masks, producing personal protective equipment and providing support to frontline workers. As countries begin to emerge from the global COVID-19 crisis, there will be a focus on economic recovery and providing viable solutions for those impacted by workforce displacement. This new reality will see TVET institutions called upon to provide flexible, long-term learning solutions as well as reskilling and upskilling programmes to facilitate access to altered labour markets.

Prior to this crisis, young people were three times as likely as adults (25 years and older) to be unemployed. Currently, more than 1 in 6 young people are out of work due to COVID-19. For youth to become an integral part of the recovery effort, they will need the relevant skills to meet urgent labour market demands as well as the competencies to manage future disruptions. A key component in rebuilding successful post-COVID-19 societies and economies will be the provision of quality skills training and employment opportunities for all young people.

The importance of developing skilled youth is at the core of this year’s message for World Youth Skills Day. Several virtual events focused on the theme of “Skills for a Resilient Youth” have been organized to mark the occasion. From 6-14 July, UNESCO-UNEVOC is hosting a virtual conference on its TVeT Forum that examines the future of youth skills development. On 15 July, the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, together with UNESCO, ILO and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, are organizing a virtual event to share insights on the youth skills that are needed to navigate the era of COVID-19 and beyond. UNESCO-UNEVOC invites all TVET stakeholders to participate in these virtual discussions and young people are particularly encouraged to share stories of how COVID-19 has impacted their skills development. Find out more about World Youth Skills Day activities here.

Lastly, as the world looks towards the recovery phase, UNESCO has launched a global campaign urging societies not to forget the lessons learnt. By contemplating “The Next Normal”, we have an opportunity to challenge our perception of normality and reflect on the future to come.

Best wishes from the UNESCO-UNEVOC team

Latest News

16 June 2020
Virtual Conference on Skills for a Resilient Youth
This virtual conference focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on skills development and explored how TVET institutions could increase the resilience of young people to changes in employment and entrepreneurship.
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4 June 2020
New TVET Country Profiles published
‪Interested in knowing more about the TVET ecosystems of different countries? Browse our TVET Country Profiles database. The database includes newly published TVET Country Profiles of Cambodia, Chile, Grenada, Indonesia, Morocco, and Singapore. More profiles coming soon!
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3 June 2020
Five projects selected for the first UNESCO-UNEVOC Global OER Grant Programme
The projects selected for the first UNESCO–UNEVOC Global OER Grant Programme will receive funding of up to 5,000 USD for the development, adaptation or curation of resources to promote open practices in TVET.
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1 June 2020
BILT Virtual Conference on New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET
This virtual conference discussed topics concerning the identification and implementation of new qualifications and competencies in curricula and training regulations, now and in the future.
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Updates from the UNEVOC Network

30 June 2020
28 UNEVOC Centres propose actions to address COVID-19 challenges
In the frame of the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2020 - Special Edition, alumni of previous editions of the programme were invited to submit proposals in order to address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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20 June 2020
Centres of Vocational Excellence: Skills ecosystems for innovation, regional development and inclusion
Tknika, with the support of the European Commission and the five pilot projects of Platforms of Vocational Excellence, organized this virtual conference to present the concept of excellence in TVET in the European context.
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Global Education Monitoring Report 2020

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Agricultural TVET in developing economies: Challenges and possibilities

Discussion paper
In recent decades, countries across the Global South have set themselves the agenda of expanding their capacity for technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Yet, while the need to provide high quality TVET programmes for the industrial ...

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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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