December 2015 | UNEVOC.BULLETIN@UNESCO.ORG
Bulletin No. 28
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


Editorial
Welcome to the UNESCO-UNEVOC Bulletin! Major developments have taken place over the course of the year, which had – and will continue to have – a major influence on our work in technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
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2 News


UNESCO-UNEVOC at COP21
UNESCO-UNEVOC contributed to a number of events at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) that took place in Paris from 30 November to 12 December.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC at OEB 2015
UNESCO-UNEVOC attends the Online Educa Berlin (OEB), 2015. OEB is one of the leading international conferences for technology-enhanced learning and is attended by over 2,300 participants from more than 100 countries.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC at the TVET Forum for Latin America in Montevideo, Uruguay
From 23 to 25 November, 2015, an expert meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, convened 40 technical and vocational education and training (TVET) stakeholders and ministry representatives from Latin American countries to discuss the challenges TVET faces looking towards the implementation of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the period 2015-2030.
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NITTTR unveils capacity development programme in bio-technology in agriculture
The National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR) in Kolkata, India, in collaboration with the Vivekananda Institute of Bio-technology (VIB), Nimpith, have unveiled a capacity development programme for trainers in utilising bio-technology in agriculture for the rural youth.
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UNESCO Dakar launches regional TVET Platform in West Africa
UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIPE) office in Dakar, Senegal, launched a regional platform for TVET experts in November. A two-day conference from 2 to 3 November in Dakar was attended by about a hundred TVET experts from the region.
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Bonn celebrates the United Nations’ 70th anniversary!
On 24 October 2015, the City of Bonn celebrated the United Nations’ 70th anniversary by organising a UN day, including information stands, live music and entertainment.
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UNEVOC attends Regional Meeting in Harare and Mutare, Zimbabwe
From 14 to 16 October, 60 participants from eight countries representing ministries, youth organisations, NGOs and other UN agencies met in Harare and Mutare in Zimbabwe for a Regional TVET Meeting.
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Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals
On Friday 25 September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit adopted the Sustainable Development Goals which seek to realise inclusive and equitable economic, social and environmental sustainable development.
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First Global Forum on Green Economy Learning
From the 16 to 18 December 2015, the 1st Global Forum on Green Economy Learning will bring together policy-makers, development partners, as well as representatives from education and training institutions, NGOs and business associations to identify opportunities for improving green economy learning.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC participates in UKFIET
From 15 to 17 September 2015, 550 participants met in London, the United Kingdom, for the UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development.
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WorldSkills competition and conference in São Paulo
More than 1500 people from over 70 countries met in São Paulo, Brazil, from the 11 to 16 August for the WorldSkills competition and conference. UNESCO-UNEVOC contributed to a very stimulating programme which showcased the next generation of youth skills.
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Kuala Lumpur Declaration on TVET for a Sustainable Future adopted
Ministers and conference delegates from 26 Asia-Pacific countries met at the Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training (ACET) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to discuss ICT in TVET, partnerships and greening TVET.
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World Youth Skills Day at UNEVOC
On 15 July 2015, some 50 young people attended UNESCO-UNEVOC’s commemoration of the UN’s inaugural World Youth Skills Day at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.
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3 UNEVOC Network


UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomes nine new member institutions of the UNEVOC Network
UNESCO-UNEVOC is pleased to announce that nine institutions have joined the UNEVOC Network in 2015! The new institutions are from Brunei Darussalam, Ghana, Mexico, the United Republic of Tanzania, Namibia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Botswana and Grenada.
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UNESCO-UNEVOC hosts Expert Meeting in Bonn, Germany
From 17 to 19 November, 30 UNEVOC cluster and centre coordinators, from UNEVOC centres in 26 countries met in Bonn, Germany, to discuss the development of tools and activities intended to further improve the UNEVOC Network. One of the key messages from the meeting was the need to promote more collaboration and more collective approaches to UNEVOC network activities.
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UNEVOC Centre hosts International Symposium on TVET Personnel in Magdeburg, Germany
On the 25 and 26 November, 2015, 90 experts convened at an international Symposium on TVET for sustainable development in Magdeburg, Germany. The symposium discussed developments and opportunities with regards to the professionalisation of TVET personnel in international cooperation.
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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.

NITTTR unveils capacity development programme in bio-technology in agriculture
The National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTR) in Kolkata, India, in collaboration with the Vivekananda Institute of Bio-technology (VIB), Nimpith, have unveiled a capacity development programme for trainers in utilising bio-technology in agriculture for the rural youth.
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UNEVOC Centre publishes fall 2015 edition of the UNESCO-UNEVOC newsletter for North America!
Colleges and Institutes Canada has published the fall 2015 edition of the UNESCO-UNEVOC newsletter for North America. In this edition, they chose to focus on one of the main priorities of UNESCO-UNEVOC: "Greening TVET".
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NCVER report on regulating and quality assuring VET
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in Australia is happy to share their latest international comparative report on international good practice in regulating and quality assuring TVET.
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Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria signs MoU with Songhai Centre, Porto-Novo
The Yaba College of Technology, in its quest for agricultural development and sustainability, has signed a pact with The Songhai Centre, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin. The MoU signing ceremony took place at the Songhai Farm on Thursday November 12, 2015.
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5 Resources


Just published: Shanghai Update Issue No. 4
The fourth issue of the Shanghai Update has just been published! This newsletter gives an overview of the activities undertaken by UNESCO and UNESCO-UNEVOC in response to the recommendations that Member States made to UNESCO at the Third International TVET Congress in Shanghai in May 2012.
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Just published: UNEVOC Network Manual
The manual of operating procedures serves as a reference document to communicate the general rules of engagement of member institutions and also establishes the framework procedures, structures and relationships within the Network.
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Just published: Virtual conference report on 'Skills for the creative industries'
The virtual conference report on 'Skills for creative industries' has just been published. The conference took place from 29 September to 10 October 2014 and attracted 153 participants from 64 countries.
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Just published: Report on Global Forum Skills for Work and Life post-2015
This is the final report on the Global Forum on "Skills for Work and Life post-2015" held in Bonn, Germany in October 2014. The forum engaged more than 200 stakeholders from all five regions of the world in identifying future directions in skills development.
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6 UNEVOC e-Forum


General developments

Current membership: 4,245

Messages: In 2015, 1690 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".

Virtual Conference on Greening TVET in the context of COP 21 In this edition of the virtual conferences which took place in the wake of the new global climate agreement, participants had the opportunity to discuss the Role of TVET in the transition to low-carbon economies and in a changing climate; Greening TVET institutions to maximize their contribution to sustainable societies; and TVET and vulnerable groups and Member States in the context of climate change. The conference was moderated by expert in green skills development Nick Sofroniou. A synthesis of the discussions will soon be made available.
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Virtual Conference on UNESCO's future TVET strategy for 2016-2021 The development of UNESCO's TVET Strategy for the period 2016-2021 comes at a timely moment: The attainment of the Education for All (EFA) 2015 goals and the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda highlighted the need to reconsider the role of the education sector in a globalized world. Participants had the opportunity to give their inputs as UNESCO prepares its new TVET Strategy. The report will be published soon.
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Virtual Conference on Delivering TVET through Quality Apprenticeships Apprenticeship is a social institution with a long history, having ensured over centuries the transmission of work skills from one generation to the next. In the face of global youth employment crises, many countries are exploring the option of introducing or improving apprenticeship schemes. Moderated by Alessandra Molz, expert in skills development and the labour market, the conference aimed to stimulate debate on the benefits of apprenticeship training, what stakeholders should be involved, the key elements or challenges in setting up or improving existing apprenticeship practices, and how to advocate for apprenticeship and get the participation of employers.
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Associations of Private Training Providers The discussion was about stimulating the market of private training providers by forming associations with government support. Contributions and examples came from Australia, Canada, Egypt, Europe, India, Liberia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Ukraine and the UK.
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TVET and diversification of developing economies In this thread, members discussed the importance of diversifying economic revenues to prevent dependence on just one type of resource, such as crude oil. In this context, participants discussed on how to ensure a diversity of skillsets to help achieve economic diversification plans. Starting with an example from Nigeria, participants discussed the role of formal, informal and non-formal skills and national qualification frameworks in ensuring people can access a diverse set of skills and thus contribute to economic diversification.
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7 Visitors


In 2015, UNESCO-UNEVOC had the honour of welcoming a number of visitors to the UN Campus in Bonn. Among these were a delegation from Malta around the country's Minister of Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo; Craig Fowler, Managing Director of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in Australia; as well as representatives from Cambodia, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Palestine, and Vietnam.


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