Issue 3/2013 | UNEVOC.BULLETIN@UNESCO.ORG
Bulletin No. 25
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



I am very pleased to welcome you to bulletin 25 – the final bulletin for 2013. Looking back to this year, I am pleased to share that we have made some significant progress. It will not have gone unnoticed that we organized five regional forums this year – all of which were focused on strengthening regional harmonization for the transformation of TVET and for advancing the agenda on Youth, Skills and Greening TVET.
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2 News


Regional Forum on Status of TVET in the SADC Region
Based on the findings of a regional study conducted by UNESCO on the Status of TVET in the SADC Region, representatives of the SADC Member States convened in Stellenbosch, South Africa from 25 to 29 November 2013 to discuss the progress of actions undertaken to reform their countries’ TVET systems since the assessment.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC joined a conference for UN Agencies and Horizon 2020: Research Interests and Partnering
On Thursday 28 November, UNESCO-UNEVOC joined a conference for "UN Agencies and Horizon 2020: Research Interests and Partnering" organized by Euro Consult Research and Education at the Bonn University Club.
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Shyamal Majumdar speaks at VTEC MENA 2013 in United Arab Emirates
From 25 to 27 November 2013, Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC, travelled to United Arab Emirates to participate in VTEC MENA 2013 and visit a number of TVET institutions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
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Professionalization and Modernization in initial and in-service Training of TVET Personnel in ASEAN
GIZ, in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC, OVEC THAILAND and HRD Korea, organized an International TVET Experts Meeting on Professionalization and Modernization in initial and in-service Training of TVET Personnel in ASEAN from 6-8 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Conference on rural skills development through ICT
From 25 to 26 October 2013, INRULED in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC, Chengdu Municipal Education Bureau, and Dujiangyan Municipal Government organized a conference on rural skills development through Information Communication Technologies (ICT).
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UNESCO-UNEVOC celebrates UN Day in Bonn
On Saturday 19 October 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC joined the United Nations Day celebration on the Market Square in Bonn, Germany.
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German Federal President visits UN Campus in Bonn
On 12 September 2013, the UN Heads of Agencies and staff based in Germany were honoured to welcome the German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, to the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.
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Validation workshop on the study of policies and practices on TVET Teachers and Instructors in the Arab Region
On the occasion of World Teachers Day, TVET experts and representatives from ten Arab States convened at UNESCO HQ in Paris to discuss the preliminary findings of a regional study that aims to provide a framework for comparison of prevailing practices in TVET teacher education.
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3 UNEVOC Network


Regional Expert Meeting in Beirut highlights opportunities for online networking to improve TVET in the region
The three-day meeting on Promising Practices in TVET and Entrepreneurship Education in the Arab States held in Beirut demonstrated the willingness of different institutions to work closely together in tackling common issues in TVET.
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Sharing international experience is focus on second day of Moscow-hosted TVET forum
Experience from outside UNESCO-UNEVOC Regional Forum Europe and North America network enriches work of penultimate meeting ahead of next year's global forum in Bonn.
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Africa Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development
The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in collaboration with the National Board for Technical Education, Centre of Excellence in TVET (NBTE) , organized a Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development from 17 to 18 September 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria.
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Asia and Pacific Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development
UNESCO-UNEVOC in collaboration with KRIVET and GIZ organized a Regional Forum on Advancing TVET for Youth Employability and Sustainable Development targeting Asia and the Pacific from 4 to 6 September 2013
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Regional Forum on Greening TVET and Youth Employment in Latin America and the Caribbean
The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA, Costa Rica), organized a Regional Forum on Transforming TVET in San José, Costa Rica
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4 UNEVOC Centre News

All UNEVOC Network Members are invited to submit news and information about their activities for publication in the UNESCO-UNEVOC Bulletin. For more information, please send us an email at unevoc.bulletin@unesco.org.

Africa
New UNEVOC Network Member: Jet Education Services, South Africa
In 2012, representatives from Jet Education Services visited UNESCO-UNEVOC as part of a study tour to Germany. The organization’s application to become a UNEVOC Centre was strongly endorsed by the South African Commission for UNESCO.
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Arab States
King Abdullah scholarships for teacher trainers
PINZ has managed a program that has seen students from its sister UNEVOC Center TVTC in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, come to New Zealand to complete their degrees followed by a Certificate in Adult Teaching (CAT).
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Asia and the Pacific
Reconnecting with UNEVOC In Myanmar
PINZ’ CEO, Brenda Lazelle, and Project Manager, Amy McAteer, recently travelled to Myanmar to build their understanding of the skills development sector and explore opportunities for working together.
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Development and implementation of eLearning standards for TVET sector in Sri Lanka
TVEC – UNEVOC Centre supports development of quality standard for eLearning courses in TVET sector by embarking on the development of quality standards for eLearning courses.
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Europe and North America
The UNEVOC North American cluster has published its second newsletter!
Learn about a few of the activities and events of the UNEVOC centres in North America in this second newsletter.
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Omnia Finland joins the UNEVOC Network
In September 2013, Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo Region in Finland joined the UNEVOC Network. With nearly 10 000 students and 700 staff, Omnia is one of Finland´s largest vocational institutes.
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New UNEVOC Network Member: TISBI University of Management, Kazan, Russian Federation
The newly established UNEVOC Centre for professional education at the University of Management “TISBI” has the objective to contribute to the development of inclusive secondary vocational educational programs in the Republic of Tatarstan.
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Latin America and the Caribbean
HEART Trust (UNEVOC Centre Jamaica) - TVET Symposium
The HEART Trust held a TVET Symposium on October 31, 2013 under the theme 'Advancing Economic Development through TVET.' Jamaica's Minister of Industry and Commerce, the Honourable Anthony Hylton, spoke about the plans for the logistics hub in Jamaica. The keynote speaker was Mr. Robert Ready, Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica. Key issues in TVET were explored such as Jamaica's TVET policy and its strategic implications, Quality Assurance in TVET, Repositioning the Apprenticeship System, Industry Engagement
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Education That Pays For Itself 2013
From 22 to 24 October 2013, the San Francisco Agricultural School Paraguay, which is run by Fundación Paraguaya, hosted the 7th Education That Pays For Itself 2013 conference with the theme "Linking Education, Employability and Enterprise in Cerrito, Paraguay.
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5 Resources


Just published: e-Forum synthesis report on tackling youth unemployment through TVET
From 25 June to 9 July 2013, over 300 participants from 80 countries gathered on the UNEVOC e-Forum to discuss how TVET can address growing numbers of youth unemployment. TVET experts, policy makers, researchers, practitioners and most importantly young students and graduates joined the discussion.
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World TVET Database reaches 50 country reports
The World Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Database is an online repository developed by UNESCO-UNEVOC. It provides concise, reliable and up-to-date information on TVET systems worldwide in one single place. New country reports are regularly added to the database.
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Just published: Revisiting global trends in TVET. Reflections on theory and practice
The essays presented in this e-publication are complementary to the UNESCO forthcoming volume on global TVET trends and issues in UNESCO’s new Education on the Move series and cover a wide range of current practices, ideas and debates in the field of TVET.
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6 UNEVOC e-Forum


General developments

Current membership: 3,228

Messages: In the period August-November 2013, 368 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".

UNESCO-UNEVOC virtual conference on Greening TVET From 12 to 26 November 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC organized a virtual conference on the e-Forum. Moderated by Julia Kastrup, Research Associate in context of the scientific monitoring of model-projects under the funding priority "Vocational Education and Training for Sustainable Development" at the University of Hamburg (Germany), the discussion looked at clarifying how to support processes of Greening TVET and sustainable development in policy, research and the economy as well as in social and ecological areas.
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Implementation Master in TVET Following a request from Ethiopia on the development of Master in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ethiopia, many e-Forum members joined the discussion and shared information on existing Masters in TVET across the globe.
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Student portfolio This exchange followed earlier discussions on what should be part of a student's portfolio to ensure it demonstrates a student's skills and persuade employers to provide job opportunities.
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Developing performing arts skills at vocational schools in Jamaica Raised by a passionate artist, this discussion emphasized the absence of relevant training in the field of performing arts in Jamaica and offered some suggestions to change this, for example by making performing arts part of the WorldSkills competition.
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7 Visitors to UNESCO-UNEVOC


Representative of Sequa visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On 29 November 2013, UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed Dr. Roland Strohmeyer, Project Director at Sequa, to the UNESCO-UNEVOC premises.
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Delegation from Liberia visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On Monday 25 November 2013, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed Mr Khalipha Bility, Deputy Minister of Education, Mr Wolfgang Zagel, President of Helog Academy, and Ms Mamaka Bility, President of MedLife Liberia, from Liberia to the UNEVOC premises.
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Australia Delegation and GIZ Regional Cooperation Platform Director visit UNESCO-UNEVOC
On Friday 15 November 2013, a delegation from Australia and the GIZ Regional Cooperation Platform (RCP) Secretariat visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany.
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Representatives from University of Bremen visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On Tuesday 12 November 2013, Mr Michael Gessler, Mr Ludger Deitmer and Mr Pekka Kamarainen from the Institute Technology and Education (Institut Technik und Bildung, ITB), at the University of Bremen, visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany.
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Delegation from Botswana visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On Tuesday 4 November 2013, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed a delegation, Ms Grace Muzila (Permanent Secretary) and Mr Ralecha Mmatli (Project Officer of TVET Revitalisation), from Botswana’s Ministry of Education and Skills Development.
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GIZ representatives visit UNESCO-UNEVOC
On 30 October 2013, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed four GIZ interns to the UNEVOC premises.
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Representatives from Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) visit UNESCO-UNEVOC
On Wednesday 16 October 2013, Mr Markus Linten, Ms Sabine Prüstel and Mr Christian Woll from the Publication Management and Library section of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany.
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The Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On Monday 7 October 2013, the Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ms Schwall-Düren, and her staff visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany.
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Engagement Global and German ESD Agency visit UNESCO-UNEVOC
The visitors came to discuss joint activities in the area of green skills and internationalization of TVET with respect to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
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Representatives from Connected Schools and Teach a Man to Fish visit UNESCO-UNEVOC
On Tuesday 17 September 2013, Mr Pascal Mabille (France), Head of Connected Schools, and Mr Nik Kafka (United Kingdom), Managing Director of Teach a Man to Fish, visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany.
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Representatives from the Kings Group and Festo Didactic visit UNESCO-UNEVOC
On 19 September 2013, representatives from King's Group and Festo Didactic visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn.
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Delegation from Southeast Asia visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On Friday 30 August 2013, a delegation from the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Indonesia, and Vietnam visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre at its premises in Bonn, Germany.
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German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety visits UNSECO-UNEVOC
On Monday 12 August 2013, two representatives of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) visited the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre in Bonn, Germany.
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Delegation from Central Asia visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
On 6 August 2013, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed a delegation from Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan who visited the International Centre as part of the GIZ regional programme professional education and training in Central Asia.
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