Under the auspices of Haidar Al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq, UNESCO and the Government of Iraq launched today an ambitious three year project titled ‘Reforming technical and vocational education and training in Iraq’ that is funded by the European Union.
The overall aim of this project is to enhance the role of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Iraq’s economic and social development, by providing students with high quality education and training up to international standards.
The launch event, held in Baghdad, was attended high level government officials, representatives of the private sector and members of the international community. It was addressed by Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Hamid Ahmad and Ambassador of the EU to Iraq, Jana Hybášková. UNESCO Representative to Iraq Axel Plathe welcomed the participants on behalf of UNESCO.
The three year project which will be implemented in partnership with the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government aims to achieve four main objectives. First, improve the quality of TVET by creating a governance framework based on administrative decentralization.
Second, develop general curricula framework, pilot curricula and teaching methods based on a thorough analysis of current and future needs of the labour market. Third, build the capacity of TVET teachers, instructors and supervisors and fourth, to create a smooth school-to-work transition for graduates and provide them with better access to job opportunities.
The project acknowledges the significant role that the private sector plays in shaping TVET policies and practices by identifying labour market needs, developing curricula, contributing to the training of teachers and providing equipment and on-the-job training for students.
The project is funded by the European Union with a total amount of €12,300,000 (15,857,543,700 Iraqi Dinars).
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