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Issue #5 - March 2021

Dear readers,

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, strategies to improve distance learning and build digital capacities continue to be a key focus in the education sector. The surge in the demand for digital skills has reinforced the importance of providing relevant training and support for teachers and students throughout the learning process.

In addition to moving digitalization to the top of the agenda, the pandemic has exposed a growing digital divide and persistent inequalities. Nearly one-third of the world’s students – 463 million children globally – were unable to access remote learning, mainly due to a lack of online learning policies or equipment. Labour markets have also felt the harsh effects of the unprecedented disruption, with the highest employment losses recorded in the Americas. As is too often the case, the vulnerable and disadvantaged have been the most severely impacted.

To help alleviate the short, medium and long-term effects of the global crisis, UNESCO-UNEVOC has launched a COVID-19 response project. The project supports TVET institutions in providing targeted skills training to meet urgent demand, upskilling to build the digital capacities of staff and peer learning to share lessons learned throughout the pandemic. These programmes are all geared towards strengthening the responsiveness, agility and resilience of TVET institutions for the post-COVID-19 era. Find out more about the project and our activities to promote digitalization in TVET in this issue of the UNEVOC Quarterly.

Best wishes from the UNESCO-UNEVOC team

Latest News

16 March 2021
2021 UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme
This year's programme focuses on Skills for the digital transformation: How TVET institutions can respond to future demands.
Deadline for applications: 21 May 2021
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4 March 2021
Managing the challenges and opportunities of digitalization in TVET
While digitalization is not a new trend, the pandemic has sharply increased the demand for digital skills. How we manage the challenges and opportunities of this digital transformation can make a real difference to how well the world emerges from this crisis.
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3 March 2021
UNESCO-UNEVOC launches COVID-19 response project
UNESCO-UNEVOC has implemented a special project — Strengthening the Responsiveness, Agility and Resilience of TVET Institutions for the Post-COVID-19 Era — to help alleviate the short, medium and long-term effects of the global crisis.
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Updates from the UNEVOC Network

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Case study on Finnish TVET: a resilient model of training during COVID-19
This case study examines how technical and vocational education and training (TVET) was organized during the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Finland. The disruption accentuated the importance of flexibility within the education system to make it resilient.
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UNEVOC Network Newsletter - North American Cluster
This newsletter features updates from four UNEVOC Centres within the North American Cluster.
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Recover, Rethink, Rebuild: All Eyes on VET
AVETRA's Annual Conference 2021 will be fully online and delivered over five days. Each day will feature a theme and related keynote with a panel to help unpack the implications of the keynote speech for the Australasian context.
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