Inclusive Technical Vocational Education & Training: Prioritizing Rights, Equality, & Inclusion for Marginalized Groups

With education systems across the world evolving from being teacher centred to learner centred, there has been a shift, not only in the curricular design and pedagogical approaches, but also in the assessment process.  

After 3 days at UKFIET – The Education and Development Forum, I bring with me many more questions than answers. This is good. Although not many sessions where focused or included TVET as topic, much of the reflections are perfectly connected to the work that our stakeholders every day promote.
A huge gathering of Researchers, Project Managers, NGO Operators, Trainers, Donors, International Agencies to discuss about education for social and environmental justice in a context of emerging diversity, sustainability at risk and need for a common responsibility & collective agency.
Is justice at risk? In an era of hard contrast between hyperpolitization (based on opinion) and technicism (based only on numbers), can education play a disruptive role for a brighter future? How can transformative pedagogies activate not only learners’ but also teachers’ agency? How can we invest in socialemotionalearning without neglecting foundational and technical skills, for a Integral Human Development?
DIVERSITY: The international setting helped in opening our vision towards consolidated or emerging diversities and challenges: displaced peoples due to the impact of climate change (UNU IAS); disabilities and guidelines to support this target (Priscilla Gatonye) or migrants (Natalie Ax); SEL and its emerging role in the curriculum, as practically showcased by Danielle De La Fuente and her collegues, or the studies on measurement of lifeskills by Martin Ariapa and Mauro Giacomazzi. Great stories and impressive work by School2030 (by the way, call for researchers open!)
SUSTAINABILITY: great examples from the work developed by #Transformin gEducation For Sustainable Futures ( and the presentation by Simon McGrath on sustainable livelihoods or sustainable cities, communities… Food for thoughts for our next EfVET conference 2023!
RESPONSIBILITY is the crucial in the educational process, nurturing collective agency. As mentioned in my presentation on Governance for Inclusive Vocational Excellence- GIVE, we need an ecosystemic approach, the quintuple helix, where school-industry-polity-research-institutions cooperate to multiply the impact that every single actor, every person can generate, first of all in terms of cultural shift.

Paolo Nardi, EfVET Executive Director

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