19th January Kabul, The launch of the National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Strategy is a watershed for the provision of vocational training and skills development in Afghanistan. Most importantly the strategy marks a renewed commitment to a coordinated approach to TVET and is a guiding document for all stakeholders to strengthen the four main pillars of the TVET system: governance, access, quality and financing.
The Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs, and Disabled (MoLSAMD), and UNESCO jointly launched the strategy which is the first ever sector-wide TVET plan for the country, setting out a national framework and common platform from which to implement TVET programmes over the next five years. It is also a vehicle for aligning international aid to the national agenda and increasing donor support for education and labour.
Mr. Paolo Fontani, Director and Representative, UNESCO Office in Afghanistan, reconfirmed the significance of the National TVET Strategy to the development of Afghanistan by saying that “UNESCO’s focus on literacy, youth and adults is closely linked with the transition from literacy to skills, building strong human resources for Afghanistan.”
This strategy provides a central platform for renewing coordination in the TVET sector and bringing together government, civil society and the private sector. H.E. Asef Nang, Deputy Minister of TVET, MoE, called for “a harmonized and coordinated approach between all partners in order to implement the strategy effectively.”
H.E. Hosamuddin Hamrah, Deputy Minister of Labour, MoLSAMD, emphasized that the strategy is fundamental to ensuring a stable future for Afghanistan and showed commitment to implementing the strategy, which is the next step in the process.
The National TVET Strategy is the result of three years of collaboration and consultation between government, development partners, civil society and the private sector. It is jointly owned by the MoE and MoLSAMD, with coordination by the Human Resources Development Board (HRDB) TVET Working Group and technical support provided by UNESCO through its Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA) programme. Ms Yukiko Matsuyoshi summed up by saying that “This is a big step forward for Afghanistan, bringing more coherence to the TVET sector.”