What is UNEVOC?
UNEVOC is the International Project on Technical and Education of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO). It was launched in 1992, following a resolution of UNESCO general Conference in 1991. It has established a worldwide network of entities that are commited to cooperating to achieve its overall goal. This goal is to strengthen the development and improvement of technical and vocational education in UNESCO Member States. In 1992, the German Government made a commitment to UNESCO for ongoing, substantial support. Other countries, such as the Republic of Korea, Japan, and France, are also providing significant contributions in various forms.
What are the objectives of UNEVOC?
The objectives are clustered into three programmed areas that focus on technical and vocational education and its relationship to the world of work. These areas are:
Programme Area A:
This area fosters the international exchange of ideas and experience and promotes studies on policy issues. It is devoted to the development of technical and vocational education system.
Programme Area B:
This area strengthens national research and development capabilities in order to improve the infrastructure of technical and vocational education.
Programme Area C:
This area increases access to databases and documantation and strengthens the UNEVOC Network. It addresses information, communication and networking.
What constitutes the UNEVOC Network?
The UNEVOC network includes teaching, training, planning, research and development institutions, and entities within government ministries that are active in technical and vocational education. It is a network that constitutes a worldwide perspective of this area of education. UNESCO Headquarters in Paris serve this network through interaction on the political level with governments, UN specialization agencies, and other international organizations. The Implementation Unit Berlin contributes significantly to the design and implementation of the Project. It is pivotal to the networking of UNEVOC Centres. UNESCO four Regional offices also execute many UNEVOC activities in Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Carribean, assisted by over 50 UNESCO partners are also involved in selected UNEVOC activities. An International Advisory Committee advises the Director-General of the UNESCO on the design and implementation of the Project.
What are UNEVOC Centres?
Member States, through their National Commissions for UNESCO, have nominated relevant national institutions to become UNEVOC Centres and Associate Centres. As of the commencement in 1996, some 140 Centres in 97 Member States had been nominated.
What are the strategies of UNEVOC?
The following are important strategies that are applied within the UNEVOC Project as a means of attaining the Objectives:
Advocacy, policy and monitoring
UNEVOC advocates, supports the development of appropriate policy, and monitors, through various means, a number of fundamental principles relating to technical and vocational education that are embraced by UNESCO. These include the correlation of effective and efficient technical and vocational education with human development; the primary support for the least developed countries; the access for women to technical and vocational education.
Professional development and exchange
As means of harvesting the ideas, experiences and recommendations of significant professionals worldwide within the field of technical and vocational education and of human resource development within enterprises, seminars, symposiums and workshops are organized and conducted. These are frequently done in co-operation with other important players in the field.
Constancy and advisory services
UNEVOC assists Governments and institutions in the development of technical and vocational education to bring into focus the world of work.
The need for cooperation and mutual support among entities responsibility for technical and vocational education, both nationally and internationally, is increasingly obvious. UNEVOC encourages and supports this co-operation in a number of ways. One important way is through the process of twinning. This is an arrangement whereby a UNEVOC Centre forms a joint association with another Centre, with a work enterprise, with research institutions, in order to co-operate in professional endeavors and to gain increased benefit therefrom.