WSIS Knowledge Community
Building Inclusive Societies for Persons with Disabilities
INCLUSIVE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (TVET) IN THE CONTEXT OF
SKILLS FOR WORK AND LIFE: EMPOWERING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
(29 October – 18 November 2015)
Organized by: Co-funded by:
Overall aim of this discussion
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, recently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, provides an integrated and universal vision of the future, “based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable”.
Ambitions are high, including for education, which is integral to the 2030 Agenda, as Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. Within SDG 4 there are specific targets on technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Education and training are also essential for the achievement of the other Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 8 ‘Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all’. Under SDG 8, one target is ‘by 2030 to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value’.
Internationally, TVET is increasingly seen as part of a lifelong learning approach to the development of education and training systems. TVET promotes knowledge, skills and attitudes for work and life.
The overall aim of this discussion is to analyze TVET policies, systems, programmes and practices from the perspective of inclusive education and social equity, with a central focus on people with disabilities, and to consider what can be done to ensure that TVET fulfils its potential contribution to Agenda 2030, including SDG 4 and SDG 8.
The discussion will also be inspired on the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, particularly its article 24 on Education and article 27 on Work and Employment.
Three interconnected topics are in focus, taking place in consecutive weeks and starting with a background document that will be available.
(1) Advancing inclusive and equitable access to TVET
(Week 29/10 – 4/11/2015)
(2) Improving quality and relevance in TVET to support and transitions
(Week 5/11 – 11/11/2015)
(3) Transforming TVET for inclusive and sustainable societies
(Week 12/11 – 18/11/2015).
Participants are asked to identify success factors for policies, programmes and practices, to explore new trends, and to provide insights on how to collect relevant data that can be used by policy makers and practitioners. Contributions are encouraged from all regions of the world so that evidence and experience can inform recommendations for the future.
The discussion is aimed at the wide variety of stakeholders involved in this field, going from policy makers, to experts, professionals and organizations working in the field from Europe and worldwide.
The result of the discussion, after its three week duration will be a document containing recommendations for different stakeholders groups based on the contributions to the three key questions. The document will be available in December 2015 on the websites of WSIS and the incluD-ed network (English, Spanish).
How to participate:
To participate in the discussion, please register on the WSIS Knowledge Community website creating a profile for you and/or your organization and joining the community “Building inclusive societies for persons with disabilities”. To do so please click on the following link: http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/groups/584509/building-inclusivesocieties-for-persons-with-disabilities/
To help you in the registration process, please find a video that explains the different steps (in English): http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/videos/play/group:4/507104/how-to-joinwsis-kc-platform
The deadline is 28 October, however, you will be able to register during the course of the discussion once it has started.
If you need any further help in the registration process, please contact the incluD-ed Network Secretariat by mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +34.933670434.
For more information you may contact:
incluD-ed Network Secretariat
Tel.: 34 933 670 400
Tel. dir.: 34.933670434
Thank you in advance for your contributions!