The Coordinator for Training Support travelled to Germany on invitation of UNESCO in July 2016 for two days of meetings at UNEVOC headquarters. On July 14 the UNEVOC Network Meeting brought together approximately 50 persons including UNEVOC Network members, UNESCO field staff, and UNEVOC regional focal points with a focus on strengthening their relationships and collaboration, and to synergize their efforts in implementing the UNESCO TVET Strategy 2016-2021.
On July 15 the UNESCO TVET Strategy 2016-2021 was launched. This forum brought together over 150 persons including representatives and delegates from UNESCO Member States, the Inter-Agency Group on TVET (IAG), bilateral and international organizations active in the field of TVET as well as governmental agencies, social partners, the private sector and learning institutions in Germany.
In the last six years, UNESCO implemented a Strategy for TVET (2010- 2015) which aimed at strengthening support to Member States to improve their TVET policies and systems. During that period a number of reviews of the strategy and development of the 2030 plan influenced the development of a new strategy for TVET for the period 2016-2021.
UNESCO’s new TVET strategy for 2016-2021 focuses on three thematic priorities:
• Fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship
• Promoting equity and gender equity
• Facilitating transition to green economies and sustainable societies.