Press release

YEM Regional Workshop on Digital and Entrepreneurial Skills in the South Mediterranean

In the framework of the EU-funded YEM project, UNESCO Beirut organized a regional workshop on mainstreaming digital and entrepreneurial skills into TVET systems in the South Mediterranean countries. 

Countries in the South Mediterranean region are subject to diverse social and economic challenges, which, among other things, result in high youth unemployment rates, especially among youth, a lower quality and relevance of education, and insufficient skilled job opportunities in the labour market thus failing to meet the needs of youth’s aspirations. In the meantime, workplace experience as well as entrepreneurship and digital skills are increasingly required to enter the world of work.

Against this backdrop, UNESCO Beirut organized on 16-17 October 2019 a regional workshop on “Digital and Entrepreneurial Skills in the South Mediterranean”. The workshop falls under the framework of the EU-funded Youth Employment in the Mediterranean Project (YEM), a three-year project implemented by UNESCO (2018-2020) that aims to address the issue of youth unemployment in the region by improving skills anticipation and assessment systems, the quality and relevance of TVET, and by fostering regional cooperation between 8 beneficiary countries in the South Mediterranean.

Within the framework of YEM, UNESCO has conducted a study in order to assess national priorities   concerning   entrepreneurship   and digital skills,  and   analyze   the   extent   of mainstreaming   these   skills   into  selected   TVET   curricula  in YEM beneficiary countries.  

The regional workshop on “Digital and Entrepreneurial Skills in the South Mediterranean” aimed at presenting and discussing the findings of this survey study with the participants, and formulating policy recommendations on how to effectively integrate entrepreneurship and digital skills in national training programmes.

The opening session was attended by Minister of State for Investment and Information Technology Mr Adel Afiouni, representative of Director General of TVET at Lebanon’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohammad Abou Haidar, representative of the EU delegation in Lebanon Mrs Maria El Hasrouni, UNESCO Beirut’s Director Dr Hamed Al Hamami, TVET Programme Specialist at UNESCO HQ Mrs Hélène Guiol,  TVET Programme Specialist at UNESCO Beirut Mr Salim Shehadeh, YEM Project Coordinator Mr Oussama Ghneim, as well as experts, youth, and journalists.

At the end of the workshop, participants developed recommendations, guidelines and resources for mainstreaming entrepreneurship and digital skills into TVET building on regional and international experiences.

The workshop concluded with  a  visit  to  Beirut  Digital  District,  an  all-inclusive  professional urban  development  in Lebanon, designing hubs where  the  creative digital  community can work  and  live,  offering  a  superior  business  environment,  fostering  the  growth  of  digital startups and encouraging entrepreneurship.