Technical and Vocational Education and Training: UNESCO experts take stock
Climate Change and Education for Sustainable Development were among the issues discussed at a recent workshop of TVET Specialists in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at UNESCO headquarters, 15-16 November.
Opening the workshop, Mr Qian Tang, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, stressed that TVET focused on developing those employability skills so crucial in competitive labour markets. Mr Tang also announced that the next World Congress on TVET will be hosted by China at the end of 2011.
The meeting was organized by UNESCO’s TVET Section and chaired by its new chief, Mr Borhene Chakroun, who suggested ways to align work on implementing the TVET Strategy as well as proposing new approaches for collaborative work and introducing a virtual platform for knowledge sharing hosted on UNESCO server. TVET specialists from four UNESCO regional offices and the UNEVOC Centre reviewed progress shared their work on monitoring normative instruments and involvement in the Interagency Working Group and discussed how best to achieve current TVET objectives such as improvement of socio-economic conditions through access to Technical and Vocational training. Participants agreed to enhance teamwork and set up common tools and approaches.
The workshop was followed by the Interagency Knowledge Sharing Seminar on Transition From School to Work 17-18 November, organized in collaboration with the European Training Foundation in Turin.