TVET Best Practice Clearinghouse
At UNEVOC conferences in 2008-2009 in Maputo, Mozambique, and Mbabane, Swaziland, concerns were raised regarding the paucity of best practices in TVET, especially in the African region, and it was realized that there is a lack of good practice examples in TVET, while TVET policy makers and practitioners may often not even be aware of existing good practices in TVET. There was a general consensus among the participants regarding the urgent need to make best practices available and accessible to all in TVET. UNESCO-UNEVOC has decided to fill this gap by launching the TVET Best Practice Clearinghouse. The documents in this series are written by technical and vocational education and training specialists from the worldwide UNEVOC Network with an aim to harness, document and evaluate practices that are in place in their country, to share their expertise and knowledge on What Works in TVET with the global TVET community, and to provide TVET practitioners in other countries or contexts with information on how their best practice can be reproduced.
A best practice is a technique, method, process, activity, incentive or reward that is believed to be more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other technique, method or process. The idea is that with proper processes, checks and testing, a desired outcome can be delivered with fewer problems and unforeseen complications. A best practice can also be the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way of accomplishing a task, based on repeatable procedures that have proven themselves over time for large numbers of people. A best practice in one country may not necessarily be a best practice in another country, but most importantly it provides viable lessons and resources to learn from. In TVET, areas for best practice examples may include, for example, administration or management issues, national qualifications frameworks, integration of information and communication technology (ICT) in learning and teaching, integration of education for sustainable development (ESD), HIV/AIDS education, innovations, TVET for poverty reduction, gender issues, etc. In fact, the list is endless.