Objectives focused on exploiting digitalization opportunities



Farhan Julaihi

SEAMEO Secretariat Director Dr Ethel P Valenzuela hopes that the continued efforts and work of SEAMEO Voctech (SV) will bring SEAMEO closer to its mission of promoting regional cooperation and understanding and achieving the goal of integration. from ASEAN.

He expressed his hopes during an e-forum organized jointly with the SV 32sd Board meeting on “Managing the challenges and opportunities of the TVET pandemic in the digital age”.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) of the Ministry of Education (MoE) and guest of honor, Dr Chin Wei Keh welcomed the timely initiative to bring together different stakeholders in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to share perspectives and strategies to deal with the impact of the pandemic and to take advantage of digitalization opportunities.

SV Center Director Alias ​​bin Haji Abu Bakar encouraged participants to view the forum as an investment in their personal development, and expressed confidence that speakers from major international agencies and member countries would give participants a wealth of information.

First Keynote Speaker Education Sector Group Leader, Asian Development Bank (AfDB), Philippines, Dr Brajesh Panth spoke on “Robust and Resilient TVET in the VUCA World (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity)” .

Industry panel speakers. PHOTO: SEAMEO VOCTECH

He said that to ensure higher TVET standards and skills for greater mobility and sustainability of employment, the Southeast Asia region must continue to invest in strengthening literacy and numeracy as a solid foundation for more advanced TVET.

Member of the Legislative Council and Chairman of the Brunei Section of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abd Rahman presented an ASEAN legacy project titled “Harnessing Impact with Employability digitally resilient (HIRED) ”.

The conference aimed to provide young, unemployed and current workers the opportunity to participate in skills upgrading and retraining through online training and mentoring programs.

International Labor Organization (ILO) Skills Development and Employability Specialist for South East Asia and the Pacific, Dr Akiko Sakamoto discussed “Preparing TVET for Future Skills to meet the demands of a changing world of work ”.

She highlighted the need for every worker to be resilient and adaptive, and to develop digital and analytical skills to understand the job market and industry developments. She also urged TVET institutions to adapt as learning organizations as well.

In the presentation “Initiatives in Advancing TVET in ASEAN’s New Norm: RECOTVET’s Perspectives”, the program director of GIZ-RECOTVET, Germany, Ingo Imhoff spoke about the challenges faced by TVET providers in providing adequate equipment to create business. digital content, internet accessibility and digital skills upgrading among TVET teachers.

The growing demand for highly skilled labor to perform complex tasks dictated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) is forcing TVET institutions to keep abreast of changing skill requirements by improving systematically the TVET ecosystem.

In the final opening speech, Sarah Elson-Rogers from UNESCO-UNEVOC, Germany presented on “Comparing innovation and learning in TVET”, which is a global platform for partnership, dialogue and sharing of innovative TVET practices, in particular on how to integrate skills into the TVET curriculum. , with a focus on digitization and green skills.

Three roundtables involving representatives of SEAMEO member countries and industry addressed the theme of the conference, focusing on national policies, institutional practices and industry’s contribution to TVET in the management of pandemic challenges and seizing the opportunities of TVET in the digital age.



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