09.05.2012 - UNESCOPRESS

Shanghai Congress to tackle transformation of technical and vocational education and training

Over the next decade, the world’s working-age population will increase by an estimated 600 million. Most of the increase will be in the Least Developed Countries. At the same time global employment trends indicate that employment growth in advanced economies is not expected to recover to pre-crisis levels before at least 2016. Creating productive jobs for their citizens is thus one of the major challenges facing societies everywhere.

Recognizing the urgency of this situation, some 800 education specialists and representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations, industrial leaders and entrepreneurs will meet in Shanghai (China) from 13 to 16 May for the Third International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Their main objective will be to identify ways of transforming TVET, which is considered a key part of the response to both employment issues and the construction of green economies and societies.


“High quality TVET is surely one of the best investments a country can make, especially when it is made available equally to girls and boys and women and men,” said Qian Tang, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education. “But it is treated as the poor cousin of mainstream education. As a result, its potential as a motor for providing the new knowledge, skills and attitudes required for today’s world has been seriously neglected. The Shanghai Congress will seek to turn this around.”


The Congress will be divided into several thematic sessions, including the role of TVET in development, connecting youth skills with work and strengthening the recognition of TVET qualifications.


Hosted by the Chinese Government, the Congress is organized by UNESCO with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), The World Health Organization and the European Training Foundation (ETF). 



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Media contact

In Shanghai: Dieter Schlenker, d.schlenker(at)unesco.org

In Paris: Sue Williams, s.williams(at)unesco.org

Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 06; +33(0)6 15 92 93 62


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