With high youth unemployment making headlines around the world, it is more crucial than ever to give young people a chance to learn the skills that employers need. Policy makers and education specialists from around the world will tackle these issues when they meet in Shanghai for the Third International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training, which runs from Sunday, May 13, until May 16.
The congress is organized by UNESCO, whose web pages about technical education and training (TVET) spell out the meeting’s aims: “The Congress will provide a unique global platform for knowledge sharing, reflection and debate on the changing landscape of TVET, as well as its future, and more generally on the advancement of skill-development systems. In addition, the Congress will look for ways to ensure that TVET meets individual, national, regional and global development objectives and aspirations.”
We will be addressing some of these issues in the 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, on the theme of skills and work for marginalized young people. The GMR team will be participating in the Congress, presenting during a session on “Promoting equity and inclusion through TVET.”