Revitalized 37 Schools in 13 Iraqi Governorates
UNESCO is revitalizing technical and vocational sub-sector to reinforce Iraq education sector’s development.
As economic, social and technological change gathers pace, people in Iraq need to develop their knowledge and skills on a continuous basis, so that they can live and work meaningfully in the knowledge society. Education and training contribute to an individual’s personal development, increase her/his productivity and income at work, and facilitate everybody’s participation in economic and social life. It follows that education and training can also help individuals to escape poverty by providing them with skills and knowledge to raise their output and generate income. Investing in education and training is therefore an investment in the future of Iraq; knowledge and skills are the engine of economic growth and social development.
Quality technical and vocational education and training (TVET) help develop the individual’s knowledge of science and technology in a broad occupational area requiring technical and professional competencies and specific occupational skills. Iraqi TVET system therefore needs to develop the knowledge and skills that will help the workforce become more flexible and responsive to the needs of local labour markets, while competing in the global economy. Within this context, the Iraqi TVET education needs several reforms that endeavour to integrate work-place-based learning and training into the vocational education programmes. There is an urgent need for the Iraqi TVET system to be open and all inclusive to give even the most underprivileged access to learning and training. The opportunity for Iraqi people in urban and rural communities to equip themselves to lead productive and satisfying lives will undoubtedly be critical to the prosperity and well-being of the Iraqi communities.
Accordingly, UNESCO successfully implemented a first phase of this project, whereby it provided much needed workshop and IT equipment to 11 selected vocational and technical institutions in Baghdad, Ninewa and Al-Muthanna.
In this second phase of the project, priority was given to the provision of desperately needed workshop/IT equipment to reinforce technical and vocational institutes throughout Iraq, in addition to carrying out training for vocational studies and initiating technical continuing staff development.
In this phase, UNESCO provided 37 vocational education schools in Baghdad, Babylon, Wasit, Thiqar, Basra, Salaheddin, Anbar, Kerkuk, Dyala, Kerbala', Najaf, Diwanya and Missan with new workshop and IT equipment, introducing new disciplines and developing instructional materials and manuals, in addition to establishing a Staff Development Unit at the level of the Ministry of Education and providing training to 30 trainers to be deployed as Master Vocational Trainers nation-wide to plan and organize continuing staff training.
UNESCO also updated 9 vocational disciplines, to meet the needs of the existing labor market. It also provided training to master instructors in reviewing equipment specifications and vocational training manuals and trained high level officials from the MoE in TVET Effective Leadership and Management at the University of Alexandria in Cairo.