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Issue #6 - June 2021

Dear readers,

While the COVID-19 pandemic persists and education and training systems are yet to return to normality, there has been a collective reimagining of the future of technical and vocational education and training. TVET institutions have been engaging in peer learning and knowledge exchange to ensure the lessons learned from the pandemic are integrated into long-term planning, thereby strengthening their adaptability and resilience to future disruptions.

At the same time, school and workplace closures have led to extensive learning and training losses, disproportionately affecting young people aged 15-24. Major life-cycle transitions such as graduations and labour market entry are being delayed. Young women, youth living with disabilities, youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those in informal or self-employment are confronting the greatest challenges. Moving forward, economic recovery plans need to guarantee funding for skills development and provide relevant programmes for young people training for or employed in the most severely impacted sectors.

Reimagining youth skills post-pandemic is at the core of this year’s message for World Youth Skills Day. 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 skills that are needed to help young people navigate the era of COVID-19 and beyond. We invite all TVET stakeholders to join the discussion and we encourage young people to share their views on work and skills training in the post-pandemic era as part of our World Youth Skills Day video campaign.

Best wishes from the UNESCO-UNEVOC team

Latest news

28 June 2021
Preparing for the post-pandemic future of TVET
UNESCO-UNEVOC’s COVID-19 response project – Strengthening the Responsiveness, Agility and Resilience of TVET Institutions for the Post-COVID-19 Era – has been helping TVET institutions around the world rise to the challenges of the pandemic both in the short and long term.

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23 June 2021
BILT conferences bridge together Asia-Pacific, Africa and Europe
‘Bridging conferences’ are one of several aspects of the Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) project, which contribute to strengthening the European, African and Asian regions of the UNEVOC Network and enable knowledge exchange.
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15 June 2021
Skills for the circular economy
During the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO-UNEVOC hosted sessions on Green and Circular Economies and ESD in TVET. These sessions explored ways to restructure business processes in favour of the circular economy, strategies to shift mindsets and nurture lifelong learning, and approaches to mainstream ESD and climate education in TVET.
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4 June 2021
Launch of EdTechTools: a global repository of education technology platforms
Launched by Generation Unlimited, EdTechHub, UNESCO and UNESCO-UNEVOC, EdTechTools seeks to enable practitioners and young people around the world to access high-quality resources to further their knowledge, improve their skills and continue learning.
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7 April 2021
Interactive guide on entrepreneurial learning for TVET institutions
UNESCO-UNEVOC's practical guide on entrepreneurial learning for TVET institutions is now available in an interactive online version.
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Updates from the UNEVOC Network

28 June 2021
Pandit Sunderlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Education wins Green Skills Award
PSSCIVE, a UNEVOC Centre in India, has won the European Training Foundation's Green Skills Award for its trailblazing curricula that incorporate green skills in 152 job roles across 17 sectors of the economy. The initiative covers over 10,000 schools and reaches 1.2 million students.
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20 June 2021
International Environment Week in Mexico
International Environment Week was organized by the Government of the State of Mexico through the Ministry of the Environment. UNESCO-UNEVOC and two UNEVOC Centres - CICan and Fundación Paraguaya - took part in a panel discussion on Education for Sustainability. Access the recording in English and Spanish here.
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20 May 2021
JET Education Services co-publishes report on Education for Sustainable Development and COVID-19 in Southern Africa
JET Education Services, a UNEVOC Centre in South Africa, has co-published a report with the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa and other partners that looks at the need to 'build forward better', giving attention to social justice and sustainability while acting collectively to recover from the pandemic.
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15 May 2021
Fifth International Conference on TVET in the Caribbean
TVET: Creating Opportunities in a Global Pandemic was co-organized by The University of the West Indies, regional and international partners such as UNESCO, ILO and the CDB, and three UNEVOC Centres - HEART/NSTA Trust, UTech and CICan. Access the conference materials and presentations here.
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9 April 2021
KRIVET compiles TVET best practices on coping with the COVID-19 crisis
KRIVET, a UNEVOC Centre in the Republic of Korea, has compiled best practices from UNEVOC Network East and Southeast Asian cluster countries on a range of topics including national TVET policies to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, open and digital learning, and TVET strategies to deal with youth unemployment.
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Just published


Strengthening the Responsiveness, Agility and Resilience of TVET Institutions for the Post-COVID-19 Era

Key project results
UNESCO-UNEVOC’s COVID-19 response project was implemented from January-June 2021. This report of the key project results provides a snapshot of activities that helped TVET institutions around the world address the short, medium and long-term effect ...

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Inter-Agency Group on TVET Newsletter - June 2021

The Inter-Agency Group on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (IAG-TVET) was convened by UNESCO in 2008 to ensure a good coordination of activities by the key international organizations involved in the delivery of policy advice, programm ...

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Perspectives on policy and practice. Tapping into the potential of big data for skills policy

This publication has been prepared by the Inter-Agency Group on Technical and Vocational Education and Training on skills mismatch in digitized labour markets, to support experts and policymakers who wish to engage in discussion on the potential of w ...

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Upcoming events

8 July 2021
ADEA 2021 High-Level Policy Dialogue Forum
The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), in partnership with GIZ, AfDB and World Bank, is hosting a virtual High-Level Policy Dialogue Forum on “Rethinking the role of skills development in future work and lifelong learning, in light of digitalization and 4IR”.


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