Monday, October 14, 2019

The ILO Regional Office for Arab States and the ILO Office in Cairo started in 2006 the implementation of the KAB programme in vocational and technical education in order to foster entrepreneurship thinking among youth and promote self-employment as a career option.

The overall objective of the meeting is to improve the knowledge and understanding of the KAB practitioners, facilitators and promoters of the programme content, implementation methodology, management and strategic future developments needed.

The meeting was attended by 57 representatives of ministries and national partners who have implemented the programme namely from Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. And KAB certified Regional and National Key Facilitators and coordinators/supervisors also took part in the meeting from the same countries mentioned above.

The workshop included presentations from the implementing partners and consultants, and discussions revolved around KAB’s target groups and how to best reach them, as well as suggested additions to the KAB materials from different users.

At the end of the meeting participants and facilitators agreed on programme recommendations, most notably:

1-  Organizing more competitions at national/regional levels for the best business plan, best facilitator and institution;

2-  ensuring that the KAB is institutionalized in related national institutions to ensure the sustainability of the programme and its national rollout;

3-  conducting yearly KAB follow up meetings for experience sharing and development;

4-  providing continuous training to the KAB facilitators to keep them abreast of new developments and updates;

5- conducting impact assessments of the KAB programme at national levels to build a database of examples and case studies to enhance the evidence-based marketing of the programme;

6-  and further developing the online KAB platform for trainers and implementing countries.  

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Making Cents International is organizing the fourth Global Youth Enterprise and Livelihoods Development Conference to take place at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC September 15-16, 2010. In just three years, this participatory and demand-driven learning event has become the "go to" conference for practitioners, funders, educators, policymakers, members of the private sector, and other professionals who design, implement, monitor, evaluate, and fund programs and policies in this field. Previous conferences have convened on average 300 participants from 45 countries. The 2010 conference themes are: youth enterprise development; youth-inclusive financial services and capabilities; workforce development; monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment; and adolescent girls and young women. Registration and the Call for Proposals process begin April 2, 2010. For more information on how you can become involved, please visit: contact Whitney Harrelson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; +1 202-783-4090).

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Making Cents International is organising the Global Youth Enterprise Conference in Washington D.C. on 29-30 September  at George Washington University. The conference will see a diverse range of participants that are working to promote youth employment and youth entrepreneurship across the world. There is a growing growing community committed to investing in young people, and the innovations necessary to ensure programs and policies achieve greater impact, sustainability, and scale.

The ILO is organising a session on the experiencs and lessons learned from the implementation of the Know About Business (KAB) entrepreneurship education programme. Joni Simpson, Klaus Haftendorn and Jens Dyring Christensen, along with a young entrepreneur from Syria who participated in the KAB programme in Syria, will talk about how to make the entrepreneurship educaion case to policy makers and the importance of introducing entrepreneurship into general education.

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