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EDUCATION Technical and Vocational Education

Revitalization of TVET Systems

“In an era characterized by the challenge of rapid technological change, globalization, economic uncertainty and diminishing resources, it is imperative that all stakeholders work together to develop legislation and policies, establish the institutional structures and redesign curricula to ensure that TVE caters adequately to the varied needs of all members of society to enter or re-enter the world of work.”

  (Main Working Document of the Second International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education, organized by UNESCO, Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 1999).

In order to assist the Member States to achieve these objectives, UNESCO plays a key role as a laboratory of ideas and standard setter. The development and promotion of the normative instruments that describe internationally acknowledged sound practices in TVET is one of the strategies that UNESCO employs. In particular, the Revised Recommendation concerning Technical and Vocational Education (2001) has been introduced and discussed in a series of sub-regional seminars organized by UNESCO since 2002. These seminars also provide a space to facilitate policy dialogue among TVET planners and policy makers to share and discuss experiences and ideas how TVET systems may be revitalized at national level through the implementation of innovative policies and practices.

UNESCO also gives technical assistance upon the request of the Member States in order to help to improve and strengthen the systems. See examples of such consultancy services provided in the following countries:

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