Putting Skills to Work for Inclusive and also Sustainable Growth

The particular forum, which investigated a range of efficient policies and techniques for skills development, current expansion of labour markets in the area, and also demands for skilled employees at middle and higher levels, was described as regular by  UNESCO Bangkok Chief of Device, Gwang-Chol Chang.

Certainly, UNESCO’s 2012 Schooling for All Global Monitoring Record (GMR), ‘Youth and also Skills: Putting Schooling to Work’ has centered on this important problem.

“This is because the social and also economic challenges of recent times have focused attention on skills deficits among young people. The particular challenges of rising youngsters unemployment amid economic downturn in certain areas brought a feeling of urgency towards the third Education for All Goal to make it an obvious focus for GMR 2012 edition. This Objective has arguably not been given the attention this deserves previously, partly because of the ambiguity from the commitments made whenever EFA goals were founded in 3000, ” Gwang-Chol said.

“Now, needs are changing and so too priorities should also shift. The focus is particularly on those who face the best disadvantages in acquiring skills because of circumstance at delivery – such as poverty, gender and their current address. The particular voices of these teenagers are least noticed, but they are in most need of skills training to ensure they could expect a good life and work, ” he said.

Based on the Record, the number of out-of-school children has decreased over the past decade, yet the region still houses 41 million out of school youngsters (East Asia and Pacific, and South and also West Asia), that represents some 65% associated with 70 million away from school lower extra level youth worldwide. They will lack necessary foundation ability, which are a prerequisite to allow them to continue within further education and exercising, and also regarding acquiring transferable, and also technical and vocational skills, unless alternative understanding opportunities are provided.

Buying education and skills is not just important for the individual and to ensure they could escape working in poverty, additionally it is good company. As the GMR has calculated, $1 committed to a child’s training and skills pays back at least tenfold within economic growth for the reason that person’s life time.

Regarding UNESCO, the discussion board provided opportunity to existing findings from the 2012 edition from the EFA GMR with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

General, the meeting brought about diverse perspectives on skills development in the area with some important messages emerging, many of which may include the following:

  • Successful education and training techniques cannot be built with no strong government leadership and also commitment;
  • Education-industry co-operation is not always easy but essential aspect to strong skills development;
  • There is no universal formula and no short-cut to skills development and rapid economic growth: the particular experiences of other countries can be discovered, but necessary adaptation and “localization” of these are essential, accompanied with continuous monitoring of policy execution.

For additional information, you need to contact Gwang-chol Chang [gc.chang(at)unesco.org] at  the  Schooling Policy and Reform Device.


Authored by Ms. Rachel McCarthy [r.mccarthy(at)unesco.org]


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  Schooling for All Global Monitoring Record 2012 

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