In a regional workshop,ILO evaluates technical and vocational education [Archives:2004/737/Business & Economy]

May 13 2004

Mahyoub Al-Kamaly
Participants in the regional workshop on implementation of joint recommendations of the UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the areas of technical and vocational education and training confirmed that the Arab region was still facing great challenges in the aspect of work culture and despising some professions and traditional handicrafts.
The participants were unanimous that vocational and technical educations was in need of knowledge, economic, cultural and social accumulation in order to effect the aspired for progress and development of all societies.
The UNESCO contributes to preparation of the national map of technical and vocational training in Yemen and its linkage to the labour market and exchange of expertise and trade between the states that took part in the workshop.
The Yemeni strategy in the area of technical and vocational education aims at attaining a proportion of accommodation by 15% of the general education and expansion in programs of continuous training and education concerning upgrading efficiency and transformational programs that include traditional professions and industries.
The workshop focused in its premises on defining the content and objectives of the criterial document and developing common work mechanism in this area in addition to the use of the document's articles for facing the challenges and variables in aspects of knowledge and the world of work.
The participants in the workshop recommended the application of joint recommendations in the Arab countries, supporting initiatives of generalization of the document among establishments of education and training and finding a mechanism of following up among groups of the Arab countries.
The workshop has also called for building capacities of educational and training establishments and activation of their role in planning programs and technical and vocational specializations as well as specification of suitable mechanisms for the Arab countries to exchange expertise and growing them in the framework of the institutions and centers participating in specialized networks.