UNESCO Regional Forum on Technical and Vocational Education Training for Latin America “Looking towards 2030: To strengthen the development of work skills for a better future for all”
Where are the jobs in Latin America? What are the skills needed for these jobs? How to generate a joint and strategic effort for Technical and Vocational Education Training? These and other topics will be addressed in Uruguay by the participants of the UNESCO Regional Forum on Technical and Vocational Education Training for Latin America “Looking towards 2030: strengthening the development of work skills for a better future for all”.
The Forum is convened by UNESCO, through its Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (Santiago, Chile), its Regional Bureau for Science for Latin America and the Caribbean (Montevideo, Uruguay), its Headquarters (Paris, France) and the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Bonn, Germany).
The three day Forum will gather senior representatives of ministries and/or national authorities responsible for technical and vocational education and training (TVET), national training institutions, UNEVOC Centres, employers’ organizations, intergovernmental organizations, labour unions and the research community.
The regional forum is timely and it is a follow up on the Third International Congress on Technical Education and Training, held in Shanghai on May 2012, where the world expressed consensus on the significant potential contribution of TVET to addressing global social, economic and environmental challenges. Two of the new sustainable development goals focus on this topic. One aims at promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. The second introduces a broad vision on education and learning throughout a lifespan, including affordable, quality and equitable technical and vocational education everyone.
Participants at the Forum will take stock of achievements and challenges in skills development, assess and agree on areas requiring strengthened action, and chart directions for future joint activities in the region. They will focus on the following key objectives:
1. Identify and discuss progress and challenges facing skills development in the context of changing labour markets and explore appropriate collective responses (based on the Education 2030 agenda and Shanghai Consensus)
2. Develop inputs for a common skills development agenda to be introduced to the first high level regional platform to be organized by UNESCO in 2016
3. Build better understandings of and share knowledge on the contributions of skills development to employment and sustainable development
4. Inform UNESCO’s work in skills development, and define initiatives for the sub-region in line with UNESCO’s draft TVET Strategy 2016-2021.