Int’l conference on TVET for sustainable development from Thursday

Engineers InstituteNGO News Report :: A three-day international conference on ‘Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for Sustainable Development’ is beginning on Apr 30 (Thursday) in Dhaka with the main aims to enhance the number of skilled manpower and build a skill culture.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the conference, first of its kind in Bangladesh, at 10am at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

The Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh and Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), Manila are jointly organising the conference in cooperation with the education ministry, Canada and the World Bank.

Representatives from 17 CPSC member countries will attend the conference. Representatives of development partners based in Dhaka will also join it while TVET specialists from home and abroad will present over 50 papers in different sessions.

Details of the conference were disclosed at a press conference at IDEB Bhaban in Dhaka’s Kakrail on Saturday. IDEB President A K M A Hamid and General Secretary Md Shamsur Rahman addressed the press meet.

Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB) Chairmen Dr Md Mustafizur Rahman, Program Officer at ILO Country Office Dr Hari Pada Das, Skill and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) Deputy Project Director A J M Abdullah Hel Baki and other IDEB office-bearers were present.

They said the aims of the event are to enhance the number of skilled manpower through technological vocational education and training and make national development sustainable through ensuring their greater participation in every field of production and productivity.

The other aims are to bring the researchers, practitioners, educationists and entrepreneurs of the SME and industrial sectors on a common platform to formulate TVET policy, simplify exchanges of the results and experiences of bilateral researches on technical and vocational education and training to build a skill culture for livelihood and prosperity and to identify challenges and future trends in polytechnic education.

The main topics the conference will deal include reorienting TVET policy and barriers towards education for sustainable development; innovative practices and approaches in technical teachers’ education; green and clean technology approach in industry; accreditation and cross mobility for TVET workforce; research, monitoring and evaluation in TVET; and its social and professional integration. BTEB, ILO, STEP, National Skill Development Council (NSDC) and Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) are co-partners of the conference.

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