03.06.2013 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

UNESCO holds a refresher workshop for entrepreneurship teachers of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

After launching the pioneering project of “Fighting Youth Unemployment through Education” and accomplishing the main steps to include the ”Knowledge About Business” (KBA) entrepreneurship curriculum at the different levels of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Kurdistan region, UNESCO office in Iraq organized a training workshop gathering the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) teachers involved for a refresher on the methodologies and objectives of this course.

Held in Erbil from 2 to 4 June 2013, and attended by the 11 MoLSA vocational training teachers who successfully pass the first steps of the KAB capacity development process (held in September) to become certified KAB trainers, this workshop was conducted by three experts from the International Labour Organization (ILO), who were previously involved in the training of the KAB facilitators last year.

UNESCO project manager Ilaria Vanzin considered this workshop as "an important step forward in the life of this project that combats youth unemployment providing them concrete training opportunities to build their future". "Regular follow up is essential for improvement, progress and most importantly, to transfer the project ownership and full management to government counterparts and beneficiaries " she added. A second refresher workshop for KAB trainers is scheduled in July 2013.

The process of including KAB in the official didactic of the three public TVET providers (Ministry of Education, MoLSA, and the Foundation of Technical Education), started in September 2012. The piloting of the curriculum targets 300 TVET graduates, and is put into practice today in 11 classes disseminated around five MoLSA vocational training centres located in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Dohuk, Germian and Soran.

Funded by the Government of Japan, and implemented with the cooperation of the ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the "Fighting Youth Unemployment through Education" project targets 300 youth and TVET graduates, providing them with entrepreneurship skills, and small loans to open and manage their own small businesses.

In addition to the short-term results created by the project, improving the life conditions of individuals, the success of these small enterprises on the longer term will eventually create more employment opportunities for youth, and contribute in reducing poverty and improving the economy development of the Kurdistan Region.

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