29.05.2017 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

Launch of the Quality Review of the Vocational Training Centers

24 May 2017 Kabul – The Deputy Ministry for Labor of Ministry of the Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MOLSAMD) officially launched its recently completed review of quality in TVET delivery at the VTCs (Vocational Training Centers) in Kabul on May 24th. Entitled “Quality Matters: Improving Quality at the Vocational Training Centers”, this report seeks to provide the Ministry with a key planning tool to guide and support efforts to improve the quality of non-formal technical and vocational education at the VTCs under the Ministry’s supervision.  The event was attended by the H.E Mr Faizullah Zaki, Acting Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MOLSAMD), H.E Dr Ahmad Shah Salehi, Deputy Minister of Labor, representatives of UNESCO, directors and heads of unit MOLSAMD and representatives from development partners.  

The report is a key output for UNESCO’s Capacity Development for Education 2030 (CapED) program. Through CapED, a global initiative, UNESCO has provided targeted assistance and reinforcement to national capacities to undertake evidence-based national education reforms in more than 40 countries, building on strong national ownership to drive development processes. In Afghanistan, CapED focuses on TVET, and has supported key planning and information management activities in TVET across both the Ministry of Education and the MOLSAMD.  

This report, Quality Matters, provides an in-depth overview of the quality of non-formal vocational education and training in Afghanistan, sets an evidence-based benchmark of minimum quality standards for the Ministry's VTCs, and, importantly, identifies key, practical recommendations for quality enhancement at the VTCs. This practical focus of the report was highlighted by MOLSAMD, with H.E Faizullah Zaki stating that “this report helps the government to develop concrete and responsive plans for its upcoming programs...the good point of the report is that it is accompanied by an action plan to follow up on the recommendations of the report for improvement of the skills training”.  

UNESCO’s Representative and Country Director for Afghanistan, Ms. Patricia McPhillips, acknowledged the great achievement of the report’s completion, but also stressed the importance of implementation of the report’s findings to the achievement of the Ministry’s objectives for quality improvement. In support of this objective, Ms McPhillips pledged UNESCO and CapED’s continued technical support to the Ministry.  

The Ministry also marked the launch of a second report at the event, namely a survey report on the Economic and Social Status of Daily Waged Workers. This investigation into a specific segment of the labor market was also supported financially by UNESCO Afghanistan, and represents a significant addition both to the portfolio of research outputs completed by the Ministry, and a significant enhancement of its capacity to initiate and undertake targeted labor market research.  

For further information, please contact:   Mr Leon Gaskin, Project Coordinator – Capacity Development for Education 2030 (CapED): l.gaskin@unesco.org  

Mr Aminullah Adel, National Project Officer – Capacity Development for Education 2030 (CapED):  am.adel@unesco.org 

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