Under the framework of the newly initiated ILO/UNESCO project entitled “Expansion of the KAB programme in Kurdistan targeting students enrolled in vocational education institutions and unemployed youth graduates of TVET”, a KAB Awareness Workshop and a KAB Training of Facilitators’ (TOF) Workshop were held.
On Saturday September 8, the TOF workshop was opened by the UNESCO representative Mr. Khaled Khoshnaw and the ILO-RO SME Specialist in the presence of 28 participants of which, 14 from MoLSA (13 facilitators and one supervisor), 7 from MoHE and Scientific Research (6 facilitators and one supervisor) and 7 from MoE (6 facilitators and one supervisor). The workshop was facilitated by two KAB Regional Key Facilitators, Mr. Wael Ghosn and Mr. Samih Jaber.
The project and KAB programme awareness workshop was held on Monday 10 September at the premises of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour in the presence of 30 people comprising technical institute/college and school headmasters, directors and general directors of vocational education and training in the three Ministries (MOSAL, MOE and MOHE). The workshop was chaired by UNESCO; Ms. Ilaria Vanzin gave the welcoming speech explaining the background of the project and the scope of the collaboration between UNESCO and ILO. The ILO-RO SME Specialist then gave a detailed presentation of the KAB programme and its implementation methodology.
Under the framework of the recently launched ILO/UNESCO project entitled “Expansion of the KAB programme in Kurdistan targeting students enrolled in vocational education institutions and unemployed youth graduates of TVET”, a KAB follow-up workshop was held in Erbil by two KAB Regional Key Facilitators (RKFs).
The workshop was attended by 12 participants (4 teachers and 1 supervisor from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and 6 teachers and one supervisor form the Ministry of Education). During the workshop, participants shared their KAB teaching experiences and KAB supervisors reported the challenges they faced in implementing class visits outside Erbil due to administrative issues.
Training sessions were delivered by participants covering the new topics added to the KAB package, namely greening enterprises, Decent Work, Gender and people with disabilities. The suggested changes and sequence of topics proposed in the KAB 2013 version, (still in its draft form), were also presented to get the feedback and endorsement of the teachers before proceeding with translation and printing of the Kurdish KAB 2013 version. Finally, it was suggested to invite the old KAB facilitators trained under an earlier ILO project from both Ministries to participate in the second follow- workshop that will be held in February 2013 to increase the pool of teachers and equip the Ministries with a sufficient number of teachers to deliver the programme to the largest number of classes.
In Iraq, KAB activities started in 2008, when steps were taken to introduce the programme in technical and vocational education. At the time, materials were adapted to the national context and translated into Kurdish, and workshops began in order to build the country’s capacity for delivering the programme. Thus, two training workshops were conducted in May and April 2008 for a total of 50 Facilitators and Promoters working in vocational training centres, technical colleges and one secondary school. Later, in July, two Iraq-based professionals participated in the annual KAB training workshop at the ILO International Training Centre (ITC-ILO), in Turin, Italy.
A pilot test of KAB within participating institutions started in the school year of 2008-2009 and feedback about the first pilot experience is expected shortly, as well as an evaluation during the second semester of 2009.
Ms Rania Bikhazi - KAB national & regional key facilitator; Enterprise Development Specialist, ILO Beirut
* Note: all data above refers to the information available as of April, 2009. The figures can actually be slightly larger than presented.
Foster Entrepreneurship Culture Among the Iraqi Youth- English Version by Alexandra Irani
Foster Entrepreneurship Culture Among the Iraqi Youth-Arabic Version by Alexandra Irani
KAB National Key Facilitator Workshop-Erbil, Iraq March 2011 by Alexandra Irani
KAB awareness workshop and Training of Facilitators workshop-Erbil-Kurdistan, Iraq by Alexandra Irani
KAB Follow-Up Workshop Erbil, Iraq 2-6 October 2011 by Alexandra Irani
KAB Follow-Up Workshop Erbil-Kurdistan, Iraq 9-11 December 2012 by Alexandra Irani