New Straits Times, Tuesday 4th August 2015

Kuala Lumpur: It is imperative that Asia Pacific nations work together to create strong Technical and Education Training (TVET) systems to propel economic growth in a sustainable and equitable manner, said UNESCO Bangkok director- General Gwang-Jo Kim yesterday.

In his opening remarks at the Asia Pacific Conference on Education and Training (ACET) 2015 here, Kim raised the question of how youth could maximize their skill sets to develop economies in the region.=

The conference, Kim said, was expected to produce outcomes relating to TVET policies that were in line with the changing and demanding needs of the industry.

“The overarching aim of this conference is to leverage the potential of TVET policies and practices to better link the skills acquired by learners with those needed in the labour market,” he said.

UNESCO Paris Director, Irina Bokova said ACET was taking place at the eve of the adoption of anmbitious development agenda by the international community, adding that education and skills training for youth were at the heart of this transformation.

“It is widely acknowledged that a skills revolution is needed for the 21st century to empower youth with the skills and competencies they need to secure decent jobs.

“These skills and competencies will also bridge the mismatch between education and labour market demands, as well as share the benefits of growth, a condition for building inclusive and equitable societies,” she said.

The conference will focus on key areas including on how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) could be better incorporated in TVET.

With Internet use expected to grow by 10 per cent over the next three years, the use of ICT, especially in TVET is keeping educationists and industry partners on their toes.


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