Shaping the Reform of Technical and Vocational Education in Iraq: Stakeholders’ Consultation on new Vocational Qualification Framework and Governance System
UNESCO Office for Iraq, in cooperation with the Federal Government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government, has developed a proposal for a new Vocational Qualification Framework (VQF), as well as a coherent and cost-effective governance structure for the TVET system.
The proposals, developed within the framework of the EU-funded project ‘Improving TVET in Iraq’ were presented to TVET stakeholders in Baghdad and Erbil on 5 and 8 December 2016 and were enthusiastically received by government officials and private sector representatives. The proposals are the culmination of an extensive and participative consultation process that started in April 2016.
On this occasion, UNESCO Iraq Office Officer-In-Charge, Mrs. Louise Haxthausen, stated:
“The purpose of the VQF is to improve the international comparability of Iraqi qualifications as well as to improve the recognition of learning, including prior learning, and give access to citizens that have previously been denied learning due to wars and sieges. This will greatly contribute to enhance the relevance of the TVET system in Iraq and equip young Iraqis with the skills required for waged and self-employment”.
Dr. Hamid Ahmad, Chairman of the High TVET Coordination Committee, highlighted the importance of a strong TVET system that supports economic development in a dynamic context “the VQF is crucial to develop trust in the validity of TVET qualifications among national, regional and international actors and to ensure clear and flexible pathways for students”.
The project is also of vital importance to the sustainable growth and development of the private sector in Iraq. “We must do everything we can to strengthen the quality of the TVET system in Iraq because we need skilled workers in our companies and factories to be able to re-build the economy” said Mr. Hossam Algalay, a member of the Iraqi Businessmen Union Association.
During 2017 and 2018, UNESCO will work with the Federal Government and the KRG on piloting new or amended qualifications which will include the development of new curricula as well as capacity development of teachers and instructors in TVET institutions.