Baligh discussed 63 mln Euros TVET project with EU delegation


ISLAMABAD, July 19 (APP): Minister for Education Muhammad Baligh ur Rahman in a meeting with European Union delegation and German Ambassador discussed cooperation in the 63 million Euros Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Support Project.
The reforms project has been jointly funded by European Union, Germany and Norway, a statement issued Wednesday said. The delegation of European Union represented by EU Ambassador Jean Francois Cautain and Federal Republic of Germany represented by Acting German Ambassador, Tilo Klinner was called on the minister for federal education. The minister welcomed the delegation and appreciated their interest and efforts for supporting the TVET Sector. EU Ambassador Jean Francois Cautain discussed the details of the project and stressed the importance of coordination at national level for
effective implementation of the programme. He also highlighted that the project would aim at increasing private sector participation in TVET sector, enhancing public- private cooperation and developing necessary linkages between TVET institutes and industry. On significance of TVET sector for CPEC, he said the project would also focus on identifying needs in terms of skills required for CPEC projects and tailoring training programmes to meet those requirements. “CPEC is as important a project for Pakistan and the region as it is for Europe, since it would also facilitate trade between Asia
and Europe”, he added. The minister informed the delegation that Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference (IPEMC) provides an important
platform for discussing issues and initiatives in the education sector and ensuring concerted efforts at the national level. “IPEMC has already endorsed the National TVET Policy and this forum would also help facilitate coordination in the TVET Sector reform program”, he added. He said capacity building of human resource through improvement in TVET sector is significant for the success and sustainability of CPEC projects. “The government is committed to aligning technical skills training offered in TVET sector with industrial demands including emerging human capital needs of CPEC projects”, he added.
He said the soft (policy) aspects of the TVET reform programme are already in place and now we are moving forward with hard aspects that are: strengthening existing TVET institutes with international standards, building new training centers and developing modern curriculum for TVET sector.
The ongoing project that entered its implementation stage in January 2017 is the third phase of assistance and is called, “Support to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training sector in Pakistan (TVET III)”. The project envisions support for implementation of a National Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy and overall improvement in TVET sector through provision of demand- oriented vocational training to youth; increased private sector engagement; improved linkages between technical training centers and ndustry; introduction of a quality assurance and accreditation system and establishment of Centers of Competence for teacher training.

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