2021 East and Southeast Asia UNEVOC Network Consolidation Workshop in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Professor Shahbaz Khan, the Director of UNESCO Beijing office, highlighted in his speech, the impact of COVID-19 on TVET and noted the significance of building a resilient TVET sector to continue to contribute to skills development in all the UNESCO Member States. He reiterated the critical role that UNESCO plays in TVET policy dialogue, capacity development, standards setting and knowledge sharing functions. UNESCO provides extensive support to safeguard young people’s access to quality skill training and empowering young people for self-employment. Mr. Robert Parua, the Programme Specialist for Education of UNESCO Beijing Office, presented jointly with Ms. Kaliunaa, Head of TVET at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection in Mongolia on the lessons learnt and challenges for the Mongolian experience in the 2019 TVET Policy Review in Mongolia with Key policy Recommendations for the reform of the TVET Sector in Mongolia. He further reiterated and informed the participants about critical importance of all Government must have credible comprehensive TVET Policies and legal framework to improve the quality of TVET programmes. The successful experience in Mongolia had led to the revision of the TVET Law and increased government funding for the TVET Sector in Mongolia.
These two workshops contributed to fruitful exchange of experiences and ideas in reforming TVET aligned with the needs of the labour market. The participants reflected on the future of TVET in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. The UNEVOC participants took the opportunity to consolidate the UNEVOC Network East and Southeast Asia countries. It also raised awareness on the important role of TVET to achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030. The participants acknowledge the significant role of the President of KRIVET and the team and the UNESCO International Centre for TVET (UNEVOC) in Bonn, Germany in organizing the successful two workshops in TVET related thematic areas.