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Welcome to the 2nd online issue of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Bulletin. We have received a lot of positive feedback on the new format and would like to thank all of those who have contacted us with their valuable comments and suggestions. (more)

The UNEVOC Network

Bullet point News from UNEVOC Network Members
> Ethiopia: Non-Formal Training Bakes Bread for Desperate Youth
Young Ethiopians Self-Sufficiency Enhancement and Re-education Association (YESSERA) is an NGO whose vision is to empower Ethiopian youth to transcend their limitations and realize their dreams through acquiring skills that serve the communities they live in. (more)

> Fiji: Making of an Indo-Fijan Anthology
Shifting Location (2009) is an anthology of writing by Indo-Fijian writers on the subject of moving from one's homeland and establishing roots in a new location. (more)

> Kenya: Promoting Good Practice in TVET
In the recent past, two UNEVOC conferences have been held in Africa: the "UNESCO-UNEVOC Sub-Regional Seminar: Sharing of Best Practices and Innovative Solutions" (Mbabane, Swaziland, September 2008) and the conference / seminar "Reforming TVET in Southern and Eastern Africa" (held in Maputo, Mozambique, in July 2009). (more)

> Sudan: The first graduation from Merawi Technical College, Northern State, Sudan
On 18th August 2009, Merawi Technical College, Northern State, Sudan, celebrated its first graduation ceremony. (more)

> Sweden: The development of vocational training for adults in Sweden in the last fifteen years
Since the early 1990s, when Sweden was in the throes of a deep recession, adult vocational education has been a key element in the national labour market policies to fight unemployment. (more)

> United States, UNEVOC-US Center: TVET innovations and success stories
The Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) is the first UNEVOC Network member in the USA. (more)

> Uzbekistan: Senior Secondary TVET in Uzbekistan
The Institute for Training and Retraining of Personnel of Secondary Specialized and Professional Education System is a UNEVOC Centre in Uzbekistan. (more)

Bullet point UNEVOC Network Meetings
> UNEVOC sub-regional conference-cum-seminar, Maputo, Mozambique, 15 -17 July 2009
UNESCO-UNEVOC held a sub-regional conference -cum- seminar on the reform and development of TVET at the Centro de Conferencia Joaquim Chissano in Maputo, Mozambique, on 15-17 July 2009. (more)

UNEVOC e-Forum

Bullet point General Developments
Current Membership: 1,265
Messages: From 1-9/2009, 745 messages have been distributed via the e-Forum.

Bullet point Recent Discussions (July-September 2009)
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.
> Relevance of education
Discussion on the development of good quality and relevant TVET. (more)

> VET and Status
Discussion on how TVET can face the challenge of student's negative views of technical versus academic education. Includes research report from Australia on the attitudes of high school students to TVET. (more)

> Training standards for vocational diploma trainees
Discussion on standards for on-the-job training, with a substantial contribution on occupational competencies. (more)

> Methods and tools of identifying and gathering skill gaps
Information on how to identify potential skills gaps of technician students. (more)

> Effectiveness and Efficiency in TVET
Information about quality guidelines for TVET and TVET institutions. (more)


TVETipedia is an internet portal where users can exchange information and share knowledge on issues that are relevant in the field of TVET. Since its launch in March 2009, more than 1,000 users have signed up for the portal. Several have started to contribute articles to the portal, some of which are summarised below. All readers of the UNEVOC Bulletin are invited to contribute to TVETipedia. If you have questions or comments, please contact info@tvetipedia.org.

Bullet point TVET in Malaysia
The article was originally created by Mohd Noor Bin Hashim and provides an overview of TVET in Malaysia, including recent developments in the skill training sector, the SKM Qualification Framework, the National Dual Training System (NDTS), NOSS and NOCC, and the Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF). (more)

Bullet point TVET in Egypt
This article, authored by Venus El Genedy, describes TVET in Egypt and in particular the Mubarak-Kohl Initiative (MKI) as well as efforts GTZ. (more)

Bullet point International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED)
The 1997 ‘International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED97)' is a classification system that provides a framework for the comprehensive statistical description of national educational systems. It is a methodology that translates national educational programmes into internationally comparable levels of education. (more)

Curriculum and Skills Development

Bullet point Curriculum Development in TVET: Meeting the Demands from Business and Industry
On 15-27 June 2009, a training programme organized jointly by SEAMEO VOCTECH and UNESCO-UNEVOC on "Curriculum Development in TVET: Meeting the Demands from Business and Industry" took place in Bandar Sri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. (more)

Entrepreneurship Education

Bullet point Entrepreneurship Education in the Arab States: First Project Component Well Underway
UNESCO-UNEVOC and the UNESCO Offices in Beirut and Amman are working with the National Centre for Human Resources Development in Jordan (a UNEVOC Centre) on the implementation of the first component of a project entitled "Entrepreneurship Education in the Arab States". (more)


Bullet point Improving technology to share and distribute knowledge and expertise on TVET in Asia
On 3-5 September 2009, a representative of UNESCO-UNEVOC visited the Philippines to seek out possibilities for enhanced collaboration and advise on the UNESCO-UNEVOC online services in support of TVET in the Asia Pacific region. (more)

Bullet point Improving TVET in Georgia through the Use of ICTs
The International Seminar on Advancing TVET in Georgia through Enhancing the Use of ICTs took place in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 7-8 September 2009. The seminar aimed at guiding TVET institutions in Georgia in the preparation and development of strategies to enhance the use of ICTs for active learning in TVET. (more)

Bullet point Challenges of TVET in Arab Countries - Innovation through E-Learning
On 12-13 October 2009, a conference E-Learning in TVET in the Arab States was held in Amman, Jordan. The conference was organized by InWEnt - Capacity Building International, together with the European Training Foundation (ETF), UNESCO-UNEVOC, and partner organizations from Egypt (Productivity and Vocational Training Department) and Jordan (Vocational Training Corporation). (more)


Bullet point Re-orienting TVET Policy Towards Education for Sustainable Development
The International Experts Meeting on "Re-orienting TVET Policy Towards Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): A Building Block for Education for All (EFA)", took place in Berlin, Germany, on 26-28 August 2009. It involved senior level government officials, TVET policy makers and education officers from the Asia-Pacific region. (more)

Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

Bullet point Seminar Report Available
The Philippine in-country seminar on "An Emerging Strategy in Technical Vocational Education for Sustainable Development in the Midst of Global Crisis" was held at Western Visayas College, Philippines, on 21-22 May 2009. It aimed to identify common approaches and innovations in public-private partnership (PPP) to improve TVET, as well as to motivate public and private organizations and agencies to partner with TVET institutions to improve services, equitable access to TVET and improved learning outcomes. (more)

New Publications

> International Handbook of Education for the Changing World of Work: Bridging Academic and Vocational Learning

> Vocational Higher Education in Japan and Korea (UNESCO-UNEVOC Discussion Paper 4)

> Linking Vocational Training with the Enterprises - Asian Perspectives

> Participation aux programmes formels d'enseignement et de formation techniques et professionels au niveau mondial. Etude statistique préliminaire

> UNEVOC Forum 15: Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET): A Brief Study of the Role of Enterprises, Government and NGOs


Bullet point Visitors

> Kyrgyz Chamber of Commerce delegation

> State Minister Wondwossen Kiflu, Ministry of Education, Ethiopia

> Technical Education Corporation (TEC), Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Sudan

Upcoming Events

> 13th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, World Bank-KERIS High Level Seminar on ICT in Education: "ICT Transforming Education"
Hangzhou, People's Republic of China, 15-11 to 17-11-2009 (more)

> World Forum on Vocational and Technological Education
Brasilia, Brazil, 23/11 to 27/11/2009 (more)

> Salon International elearning Bénin 2009
Cotonou, Bénin, 27-11 to 29-11-2009 (more)

> Online Educa, 15th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning and Training
Berlin, Germany, 02-12 to 04-12-2009 (more)

> Education That Pays For Itself 2009. 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Education
Yachana Lodge, Ecuador, 08-12 to 10-12 2009 (more)

> Methods and instruments for the evaluation and monitoring of VET systems
Königswinter, Germany, 10-12 to 11-12-2009 (more)

For more events, please visit the UNEVOC website at www.unevoc.unesco.org/events
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