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Within the framework of the Youth Employment in the Mediterranean (YEM) project implemented by UNESCO and funded by the European Union, a set of teacher’s guides and student manuals on the topic “Life and Work Skills” were developed, which were intended to match the accelerated vocational training on one regard, and the formal vocational and technical education on the other.
On 17 June 2021, the UNESCO Beirut Office held an online meeting releasing and presenting the Life and Work Skills Toolbox designed for the TVET sectors in eight countries covered by the YEM Project an initiative implemented by the UNESCO and funded by the European Union. After an address by Mr. Salim Shehadeh, TVET Programme Specialist at UNESCO, and a brief introduction from YEM Project Team Leader at UNESCO Mr. Oussama Ghneim, Ms. Lara Alameddine, the Education Expert, presented the content of the Toolbox to the participants.
The Toolbox is drafted in alignment with the UNESCO strategy for TVET (2016-2021), and with the framework of the https://sdg4education2030.org/the-goal and the Education 2030 Framework for Action to improve skills anticipation systems, promote TVET, strengthen youth employment, and encourage entrepreneurship in eight countries covered by YEM project.
Ms. Alameddine explained the content of the Life and Work Skills Toolbox, drafted for Lebanon, which was based on the UNESCO curriculum outline and the UNESCO study on TVET status in Lebanon, with a particular focus on four major topics, namely Entrepreneurial Skills, Life Skills, Work Laws & Regulations Skills and Digital Skills.
The Toolbox consists of twenty-four (24) manuals, among which, twelve (12) manuals are designed for teachers, and the other twelve (12) are for students. For teachers, these manuals cover a wide range of content, including an introduction and factsheet of specific topics, and guidelines on how to develop activities based on them. As for students, the factsheets and activities are detailed in the manuals.
The layout of the Toolbox is built for the on-hand teaching and learning in the classes. They are composed of a total of ninety (90) modules/one hundred and eighty (180) hours of courses that can be used independently by teachers. They are user-friendly containing all the needed information required for teaching the lessons. Teachers can choose to follow the instructions step by step to design the activity or reformulate the steps based on their needs and the time availability.
The online meeting welcomed more than twenty-five (25) relevant TVET stakeholders, from Lebanon, including the General Directorate for Vocational and Technical Education (DGVTE), the Ministry of Agriculture, TVET private schools and relevant NGOs.
After the meeting, a three-day training was scheduled on 21, 22, and 23 June for 24 teachers and VET centres supervisors.