12.03.2017 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

Launch of the First National Statistical Report on Formal TVET in Afghanistan

11 February, 2017 Kabul –UNESCO has, through its Capacity Development for Education 2030 (CapED) program, has supported the Deputy Ministry for Technical and Vocational Education (DMTVET) to establish a TVET Management Information System (TVET MIS) to collect, store, analyze and disseminate data on formal TVET. The First National Statistical Report on Formal TVET in Afghanistan has been published with support from UNESCO Office in Afghanistan, and was formally launched on February 11.

The report provides a statistical snapshot of current provision in the MoE’s TVET Schools and Institutes, thereby improving the evidence-base for national planning and collective efforts to improve the quality of TVET provision in Afghanistan and increasingly align this with the demand for skills in the economy. The report is intended to contribute to the Government of Afghanistan’s plans to address the shortage of trained, skilled human capital.

This report is DMTVET’s first independently produced statistical report. In producing this, much work has been undertaken to improve the capacity within the Deputy Ministry for data collection and analysis. The report is structured in two main sections: the first section, on access, presents introductory data on TVET enrolment, by type of institution, gender, province, and trade. The second, on quality, provides data on the graduation, retention, and attrition rates of TVET students, data on the staffing of formal TVET, including the qualifications of teachers, and data on the condition and sufficiency of training infrastructure.

Attended by the Deputy Minister of TVET, representatives of UNESCO, directors and heads of different units of DMTVET, the importance of TVET MIS and this Statistical Report for the improvement of quality within the TVET sector was noted by all participants: “This statistical report is a an accurate picture of current TVET provision inside our schools,” said Rahil Mohammad Formuly, the Deputy Minister of MOE for TVET. “We are aware that complete and reliable data is important for effective planning, and with the support of UNESCO we have a single and strong source for data collected from the TVET schools and institutes.”

UNESCO has been closely involved with DMTVET as it has established its systems for data collection, analysis, and reporting. Ms. Patricia McPhillips, Representative and Director of the UNESCO Office in Afghanistan highlighted this in the launching ceremony of the report saying “At UNESCO, we take our role as a capacity builder and trusted technical partner of the Government very seriously, and it is very encouraging for us to see our collaboration resulting in stronger institutions and enhanced Ministry of Education capabilities”. UNESCO looks forward to working with DMTVET and the main EMIS team to further strengthen TVET MIS, and the utilization of TVET MIS, and the report, to further strengthen the quality and delivery of TVET in Afghanistan.

 For further information about the report please contact with:

-       Leon Gaskin, Project Coordinator – Capacity Development for Education 2030 (CapED) l.gaskin(at)unesco.org

-       Aminullah Adel, National Project Officer – Capacity Development for Education 2030 (CapED).  ama.adel(at)unesco.org

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