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Environmental Training

The beneficiaries of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) have a crucial role in implementing practical solutions to current environmental problems as they enter the world of work. As stressed in the recommendations formulated at the Second International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education (Seoul, 26-30 April 1999), TVET should not only focus on economic dimensions but should also place emphasis on environmentally sound technologies and practices.


  UNESCO’s Section for Technical and Vocational Education, in collaboration with the Section for Science and Technology Education, has launched a project to undertake a series of studies on national initiatives to integrate environmental education in technical and vocational schools.

This environmental training project was launched in selected developing Asian countries with the aim of obtaining:

1) an overview on various national approaches for the integration of environmental education in schools,

2) an analysis regarding the needs and inadequacies in promoting environment-related competencies in TVE programmes, and

3) a set of suggestions/recommendations for UNESCO and potential collaborating institutions for future action in this area.

The Punjab State Council for Science and Technology is coordinating this project within the selected Asian countries (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and China).

Leading educational institutions in each of these countries analyzed the provision of environmental education within their country and came together in India to share information and innovative approaches.

Participating institutes are:

> Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences (China),

> Technical Education Development Centre, Bandung – UNEVOC Centre (Indonesia),

> Technical and Vocational Education Curriculum Division, Technical Education Department,

> Ministry of Education (Malaysia),
Kolej Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn – UNEVOC Associate Centre (Malaysia),

> Western Visayas College of Science and Technology – UNEVOC Centre (Philippines)

At a workshop late in 2003, UNESCO, together with the institutes in each of the six countries, exchanged experiences and developed strategies and partnerships for the future. During the 2004-2005 biennium, UNESCO is planning to produce a set of materials to assist the Member States to improve the teaching of environmental issues in technical and vocational education.


Establishment of an international long-term programme for the development of technical and vocational education following the second International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education, Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 1999
The document presents the objectives of the programme which are: strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as an integral component of lifelong learning, orienting TVET for sustainable development and providing TVET for all. More

Integrating Environment Education in Technical and Vocational Education in Asia: Report of the Workshop, September 2003
(by Punjab State Council for Science & Technology; UNESCO)
The workshop was a follow-up to the project on ‘Integrating EE in TVE in Asia’ taken up by UNESCO in collaboration with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST) in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines from October, 2002 to March, 2003.The workshop was a follow-up to the project More


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