Issue 1/2013 | UNEVOC.BULLETIN@UNESCO.ORG
Bulletin No. 23
1 Editorial
2 News
3 UNEVOC Network
4 UNEVOC Centre News
5 Resources
6 UNEVOC e-Forum
7 Visitors to UNESCO-UNEVOC
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1 Editorial



Last year was an important year for the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre. We celebrated a decade of the commitment of all UNEVOC staff, UNEVOC Network members and our partners by bringing them together at the International Forum in Bonn, Germany. The International Centre initiated efforts to strengthen the UNEVOC Network and make an effective contribution to TVET development globally. This year, it is our aim to continue these efforts and in this context we have undertaken various activities at this very beginning of 2013.
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2 News


UNESCO-UNEVOC organizes consultation workshop on regional plan of action 2013
From 18 to 21 March 2013, the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre organized a consultation workshop on the "Regional Plan of Action 2013" at the Centre’s premises in Bonn, Germany.
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Interagency working group on greening TVET meets to discuss post-DESD framework
On 6 March 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC attended the second meeting of the interagency working group (IWG) on greening TVET and skills development via video conference.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC participates in workshop on “Policies and Practices on TVET Teachers and Instructors in the Arab Region”
From 20 to 21 February, Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, travelled to Paris to contribute to the workshop on “Policies and Practices on TVET Teachers and Instructors in the Arab Region”.
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Germany’s Minister of State in the Foreign Office extends strong support to UNESCO-UNEVOC
On 14 February 2013, Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, was invited to Berlin to meet Germany’s Minister of State in the Foreign Office, Ms Cornelia Pieper.
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Expert meeting on TVET teacher education in Southeast Asia
From 25 to 28 December, an expert meeting was organized by SEAMEO VOCTECH with the support of UNESCO-UNEVOC and Rajabhat Universities Network.
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Expert workshop on the World TVET Database
Representatives of the UNEVOC team, UNEVOC centres in the Netherlands, Germany and Norway and partner agencies joined together to discuss, evaluate and provide feedback on the future development of the World TVET Database.
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Regional workshop on entrepreneurship education in Kingdom of Bahrain
The workshop, held from 10 to 12 December 2012, was organized to enhance cooperation between Arab countries, and to share experiences on policies and programmes for the integration of entrepreneurship education in both secondary education and TVET.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC extends support to a regional training programme for principals in Asia-Pacific
From 3 to 7 December 2012, Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore and in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC, held a regional training programme for principals and government officials at the ITE College West in Singapore.
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Regional expert meeting on vocationalisation of secondary education
The expert meeting, held from 3 to 4 December 2012, discussed the trends of TVET provision at the secondary level and provided the opportunity to exchange practices and lessons learned from a number of countries.
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3 UNEVOC Network


New UNEVOC Network Member in Paraguay
In February 2013, the Fundación Paraguaya joined the UNEVOC Network.
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Representative from UNEVOC Centre in Jamaica visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On 15 March 2013, Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, welcomed Dr Simon Yalams from the University of Technology (UTech), UNEVOC Centre in Jamaica, to the Centre’s premise in Bonn, Germany.
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Message from Teeluck Bhuwanee, Head of UNEVOC Network
In January 2013, Mr Teeluck Bhuwanee retired from his role as Head of the UNEVOC Network. The team of UNESCO-UNEVOC thanks him for his great work and wishes him all the best for his retirement.
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4 UNEVOC Centre News


Africa
University of Eldoret is organizing conference on Knowledge and Technological Innovation for Global Competitiveness
The international conference, organized by the University of Eldoret, a UNEVOC Centre, takes place from 3 to 5 September 2013 and is dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in knowledge and technological innovation.
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NBTE Centre of Excellence for TVET organizes national workshop
From 26 to 28 February 2013, the NBTE Centre of Excellence for TVET organized a national workshop on "Determination of Criteria for Ranking of Nigerian Polytechnics and Similar Tertiary Institutions", in Kaduna, Nigeria.
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Arab States
Global Innovators 2013: Leading and Learning in Technical and Vocational Education
From 4 to 7 April 201, the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar, a UNEVOC Centre, in partnership with UNESCO-UNEVOC, UNESCO Doha Office and Qatar Petroleum, organized Global Innovators 2013 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) in Doha, Qatar.
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Asia and the Pacific
PINZ Presents at India's Community Colleges Conference
Honè McGregor, CEO of PINZ, a UNEVOC Centre, presented at the recent Government of India Conference for Community Colleges
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Europe and North America
UNEVOC Centres from the North America Cluster meet in Ottawa, Canada
On 3 December 2012 a regional Network meeting of UNEVOC Centres of the North-America cluster was convened by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO in Ottawa, Canada.
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Latin America and the Caribbean
UNEVOC Centre in Costa Rica co-organizes workshop on green jobs
From 11 to 15 March 2013, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean and the National Institute of Apprenticeship of Costa Rica, a UNEVOC Centre are organizing a workshop on "green" jobs in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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HEART Trust hosts symposium on TVET for Transformation and Economic Development
In order to engage the TVET community in Jamaica with pertinent issues in TVET and as part of the wider efforts of the HEART Trust, the Vocational Training Development Institute – the tertiary arm of the HEART Trust/ National Training Agency, hosted a symposium on 7 March 2013.
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5 Resources


Transforming TVET - from idea to action. One decade of UNESCO-UNEVOC
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its establishment in Bonn in 2002, UNESCO-UNEVOC published a brochure retracing its activities over the last decade. The brochure is now also available in French, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.
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Transforming TVET - 10 years of UNEVOC
The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training celebrates the 10th anniversary of its establishment in Bonn, Germany. This presentation gives a brief overview of the aims, the actions and the themes UNESCO-UNEVOC advocates for.
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Just published: Meeting report of the 2012 International Forum
The meeting report of the International Forum on ‘the role of the UNEVOC Network in transforming TVET for a sustainable future’ (14-16 November 2012, Bonn, Germany) is now available online.
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Synthesis report on greening TVET for sustainable development
This report summarizes the discussions that were held during the e-Forum online conference, moderated by Mr Kai Gleissner
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6 UNEVOC e-Forum

General developments

Current membership: 2,658

Messages: In the period January-March 2013, 254 messages have been distributed via the e-Forum.

Recent discussions

For those who are not a member of the e-Forum: You can access the messages via http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/forum. Note that you need to log in to be able to read messages. If you do not yet have a UNEVOC account or do not wish to create one, please use the following login information to access the e-Forum archives in read-only mode: User "Bulletin", password "read".

Bridging the gap between innovation, and education and skills development A lively discussion on how different stakeholders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and researchers can work together in creating an enabling environment to bridge the gap between innovation, education and skills development.
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Establishing vocational training centre in South Sudan A discussion on the proposed establishment of a vocational training centre in South Sudan with the aim of improving livelihoods of youths and local community. The discussion also touched upon the gender imbalance of vocational education and training.
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Potential of Vocational Pedagogy in Skills Training A discussion on the proposal of a case study on the potential of vocational pedagogy in the training of agriculture students. Suggestions were given by members on the scope of the research and on the need to clarify the definition of pedagogy.
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How to teach vocational education: A theory of vocational pedagogy? Triggered by the CSD publication on vocational pedagogy, members questioned whether it is necessary to build a pedagogy theory for vocational education and how the theory can contribute to improving vocational education. Members acknowledged the difficulty identifying the relevant theories that guide the development of quality textbooks for TVET.
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7 Visitors to UNESCO-UNEVOC


TVET expert from South Africa visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On 19 February 2013 UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed Dr Andre Kraak, an independent education research consultant from South Africa.
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Representatives of the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation visit UNESCO-UNEVOC
On 6 February 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed Mr Matthias Wichmann and Mr Aru David from the Asia Society for Social Improvement & Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) to the premises in Bonn, Germany.
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UNV Executive Coordinator visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On 25 January 2013, Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, was honoured to welcome Mr Richard Dictus, the new United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Executive Coordinator, to the Centres’ premises.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC organizes workshop for BIMUN participants
On 14 December 2012, UNESCO-UNEVOC held a post-conference workshop for students from the Bonn International Model United Nations (BIMUN) conference.
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