|A UNESCO-UNEVOC International Conference: Vocational Education in the Asia-Pacific Region - Report - 25-27 March 1998 (UNEVOC, 1998, 38 p.)|
On Wednesday, 25 March, delegates representing the UNEVOC Centres met with Mr Colin Power, Assistant Director-General for Education and Dr Qian Tang, Chief, Section for Technical and Vocational Education from UNESCO. The UNEVOC Centres which were represented were:
Australia (Adelaide Institute of TAFE and RMIT University)
Other countries represented at the meeting were:
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Also at the meeting were Mr M A Qureshi, former TVE Program Specialist, UNESCO, Bangkok, Mr Hans Kronner (UNESCO, Berlin), Mr Brian Stanford (UNESCO Australian Commission), Mr Raj Dhanarajan (Commonwealth of Learning) and Mr Bernardo Adiviso (Colombo Plan Staff College).
Following a welcome to delegates by Ms Madeleine Woolley, Director, Adelaide Institute of TAFE, presentations were made to the group by Mr Colin Power and Dr Qian Tang on the issues facing vocational education and the role of UNEVOC.
Presentations were made, and discussion took place, on several regional projects.
1. Entrepreneurial Skills for Small Business
Ms Sue Goldman outlined progress to date which stimulated discussion on the future directions of the project. It was recommended that
Facilitate publicity and promotion of the project in the region.
UNESCO should support the development and conduct of professional development programs for staff involved in the development of Learning Materials and in the delivery of the Entrepreneurial Skills for Small Business course.
Prepare delivery methodology materials including teacher guides and student learning guides for use in the region
Collect case studies from various countries in the region on successful entrepreneurial activities.
2. Clearing House Project
Ms Di Booker provided a brief overview of the UNEVOC database project and outlined the outcomes of the workshops held throughout the region in 1995-1997. She also demonstrated the database on the National Centre for Vocational Education Research web site. It was recommended that:
Strengthen the regional hub for the Curriculum Development and Research Database in the Adelaide Institute of TAFE and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
Support UNEVOC Centres in their roles as National Clearing Houses for the Curriculum Development and Research Database through the provision of training in the collection of materials, development of the database at local levels and contribute to the regional clearing house.
Provide expert advise and financial assistance where necessary to assist member states to install appropriate software and hardware and participate in relevant training.
3. Key competencies
Ms Sue Goldman outlined the contents of the professional development package which has been developed by the former South Australian Department of Education and Childrens Services and demonstrated parts of the CDRom disks. It was recommended:
Establish an expert group to conduct a needs analysis of producing a Key Competency Professional Development package which can be used or adapted by countries interested in this approach.
4. Research proposals
Mr Adrian Haas spoke about the UNEVOC research being undertaken by RMIT University. It was recommended:
Conduct comparative case studies which will examine the different approaches taken by governments in various selected countries to improve the economy through developing the training sector. Such a study should address issues such as funding and planning in TVET.
Mr Hans Kronner spoke about UNESCO and the role of the UNEVOC Berlin office. He outlined the processes for delegates to become UNEVOC Centres and to keep up to date with UNEVOC events and to receive publications, many of which were displayed during the conference. These recommendations were referred to the general conference and formed the basis for discussion. Each of the recommendations was supported by the conference participants with the addition of an further recommendation concerning the concept of a skills passport or qualifications framework for the region.
Examine the feasibility of developing a qualifications framework for the Asia-Pacific Region. The long term aim of this proposal would be to develop a common framework which would encourage international cooperation between governments and institutions.
6. Site visits
Site visits were organised for delegates during the afternoon of Wednesday March 25 to
· National Centre for Vocational Education Research
· Centre for Applied Learning Systems