Ministry of Education, Guyana

Thursday, 03 March 2011 10:30

UNESCO extends helping hand to local TVET Council

The Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) yesterday received several pieces of office equipment from UNESCO to enhance its day-to-day activities.

Secretary General of Guyana National Commission for UNESCO, Inge Nathoo speaking at the handing over ceremony at the UNESCO Secretariat on Robb and Oronoque Streets, said the local TVET Council upon joining the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training network last year, qualified for a US$4, 200 worth grant of computers and electronic equipment.

The equipment which includes two desktop computers with workstations, one laptop computer and one projector will be used to establish, develop and monitor schemes for the training of craftsmen, technicians and engineers.

At the 2009 General Conference of UNESCO, it was decided that one of the top priority areas for UNESCO in this decade is a re-focus on Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and skills development for the world of work within the framework of lifelong learning. To promote this main line of action, UNESCO through its UNEVOC Network in Technical Vocational Education and Training has established UNEVOC Centres.

The Guyana Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training was recognized in September 2010 as the most recent UNEVOC Centre in the UNESCO UNEVOC Network in the Caribbean. One benefit of being a member of the UNEVOC Network is receiving support such as technical expertise and resources as well as access to innovative practices in TVET and normative instruments and standards to strengthen and upgrade the UNEVOC Centre.

The Council for TVET which was established as a consequence of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Act of 2004 is being further developed and strengthened so that it is fully staffed and equipped to discharge all its functions.  To this end, the equipment donated by UNEVOC is welcomed and will complement those that were acquired by the Council over the years and at the same time, enhance its training capability in the delivery of workshops and other training activities.

Director of the local Council for TVET, Sydney Walters who received the equipment from Nathoo expressed his gratitude to UNESCO for the kind gesture.

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