The Director General for Education and Student Support Services, Mr. Jean Alcindor, recently attended the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme which was held in Bonn, Germany from the 11th to 22nd September 2017.
The aims of this programme were to empower Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) experts to contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme is designed to update TVET leaders' understanding on the latest developments in TVET strategy and equip us with skills and tools that are required for effective leadership in the TVET sector.
SDG 4 calls on Member States to 'ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all'. The goal require a transformative vision of TVET, a move from perceiving TVET solely as a contributor to skills development for the labour market, towards a vision where TVET empowers individuals, enterprise and communities to become contributors in the transition towards sustainable societies and economies – a move to enhance the attractiveness of TVET.
To bring about such a transformation, a ten-day TVET Leadership programme was organised which focused on three qualities that determine a leader's ability to drive change efficiently and successfully: strategic knowledge (vision for change); thematic knowledge (Knowledge for change); and leadership and management skills (to drive change).
The programme brought TVET leaders and participants in a highly engaging environment, where thematic introductions were followed by practical exercises, intense group work, and discussions. Experts and speakers from key international TVET organisations such as UNESCO-UNEVOC, CEDEFOP, ETF, GIZ, JET, ADB, Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Bonn, and Workforce Blue Print, Australia participated in the programme.
Mr. Alcindor stated "the TVET Leadership programme was very rich, innovative and informative which has sharpened and broaden my repertoire and vision for TVET". He added that the competencies which he has gained will be put to very good use, especially towards the further development of TVET in Seychelles.