Issue 1 April 2014 | UNEVOC.BULLETIN@UNESCO.ORG
Bulletin No. 26
1 Editorial
2 News
3 UNEVOC Network
4 News from UNEVOC Centres
5 Resources
6 UNEVOC e-Forum
7 Visitors
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1 Editorial



I am very pleased to welcome you to bulletin 26 – the first bulletin of 2014. Over the past year we have made significant progress in strengthening regional harmonization for the transformation of TVET and advancing the agenda on youth and skills and greening TVET.
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2 News


UNESCO-UNEVOC at Global Education and Skills Forum
The second annual Global Education and Skills Forum was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 14 to 17 March 2014. Organized by UNESCO and the UAE Ministry of Education, GEMS Education, the Varkey GEMS Foundation and Dubai Cares the forum aimed at providing a platform for exchange between representatives of government, leading non-governmental organizations and business.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC participates in Green Skills Forum 2014
Organized by OECD and CEDEFOP, the second Green Skills Forum held in Paris, France, on 14 February 2014 brought brought together over 90 experts, researchers, economists, government advisers, employment and policy analysts and social partners to explore the links between skills and knowledge needs and inclusive green growth
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UNESCO Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development
To identify the main challenges that climate change poses to education systems in the Asia and Pacific region and to explore the role that education can play in adaptation and mitigation to climate change, international experts convened in Manila, Philippines from 10 to 12 February 2014.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits UN Campus in Bonn
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon, visited the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany, on 31 January 2014.
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3 UNEVOC Network


UNEVOC Centre in focus: National Institute of Apprenticeship, Costa Rica
This issue’s “UNEVOC Centre in focus” is the National Institute of Apprenticeship (Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, INA). The INA is an institute for technical training and skills development and also the coordinator of the Latin American cluster.
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National Institute of Employment and Professional Formation, Uruguay, joins the UNEVOC Network
In December 2013, the National Institute of Employment and Professional Formation (INEFOP), Uruguay, joined the UNEVOC Network. INEFOP acts in the field of employment and vocational training in the private sector.
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4 News from UNEVOC Centres

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.

First Technical Education and Vocational Training Conference in Kuwait
The conference, held from 31 March to 2 April 2014, aimed at exchanging experiences and discussing strategies for TVET development in the light of global changes that occur in the labour market. In addition, participants presented important international experiences and the latest educational and training methods
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The University of Management TISBI signs cooperation agreement on professional training for the economic sector
The signing of the networking cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Science and Education and the Russian State Professional and Pedagogical University took place on 13 February 2014
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Latest news of Yabatech UNEVOC Centre for Research and Sustainable Development
Information and pictures on recent activities of the Yaba College of Technology in Nigeria
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5 Resources


Behind the screen: discovering the World TVET Database
The World Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Database is part of our online services where you can currently find 50 country reports. In this interview, the UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Database team, Katerina, Kamal and Curie, explain how this service works, and its usefulness for anyone interested in TVET.
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Just published: Shanghai Update 2
The second issue of the Shanghai Update is published! This newsletter gives an overview of the activities undertaken by UNESCO and UNEVOC to respond to the recommendations that were made to UNESCO by its Member States in Shanghai.
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Advancing TVET for youth employability and sustainable development : meeting reports published
The meeting reports provide an overview of the presentations and discussions during each of the fora, focusing on the key themes of youth and skills, and greening TVET
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6 UNEVOC e-Forum


General developments

Current membership: 3,401

Messages: In the period December 2013-March 2014, 346 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 Revising the Revised 2001 Recommendation concerning Technical and Vocational Education From 1 to 14 April 2014, UNESCO-UNEVOC organized a virtual conference on the e-Forum. Moderated by Professor Simon McGrath, Director of Research and Professor of International Education and Development at the University of Nottingham, this Special Virtual Conference introduced the background and context of the normative instruments and aimed at gathering inputs from participants on the scope, guiding principles and key themes of the Recommendation. The contributions from participants will feed directly into the broader consultation process that is currently taking place with UNESCO Member States.
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Vocational Pedagogy An active discussion started when the question on the difference between vocational pedagogy and pedagogical techniques adopted for general education. During the discussion, many different views were presented, but most agreed that it is important to have a separation between the two, especially because vocational pedagogy has not only the additional factor of work-based learning, but it is also directed at adults whereas the field of pedagogy in general education mainly addresses the work with children. The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre will organize a virtual conference on the topic from 12 to 26 May 2014 on the UNEVOC e-Forum. More information will be published on the website soon.
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Mobile Training Following a request from the UK on mobile training units in rural areas, many e-Forum members joined the discussion and shared information on their experiences with mobile training units (MTUs) in their countries, general research and software solutions. Discussed were also the difficulties with mobile training units, such as the costs, the limits of infrastructure and the problem that MTUs often not suffice.
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7 Visitors


Since January 2014, the team of UNESCO-UNEVOC was pleased to welcome 8 visitor groups and delegations from Germany, Myanmar, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United States of America.

For more information on these visits, please see:
http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=page_Visitors#2

If you would like to visit us in Bonn, Germany, please write to
unevoc@unesco.org



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