Under the framework of joint projects with the Business Development Centre (BDC) and the Development and Employment Fund (DEF) which aim to promote an entrepreneurship culture among Jordanian youth, the ILO continues to roll out the KAB programme in vocational and technical education with the assistance of the Ministry of Education and the Vocational Training Corporation.
On 25 February, Enterprise Specialist at the ILO Regional Office for Arab States Rania Bikhazi, together with DEF and the VTC, held the KAB certification ceremony at the VTC premises in Amman. During the ceremony, 19 KAB National Facilitators, three supervisors and two KAB coordinators from both VTC and DEF were awarded certification. The ceremony was held under the patronage of the Minister of Labour represented by Mr. Abdallah Freij, Director General of DEF, who chaired the event.
On 5 March, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Education chaired by H.E. Mr. Mohammad Thneibat, in the presence of 24 school directors, KAB teachers and a number of ministry officials. ILO provided a detailed presentation of the KAB programme and BDC highlighted the national pilot experience that reached a total of 72 facilitators and approximately 1,569 students.
Teachers shared their views on the KAB programme and raised the following requests:
- Increasing the number of KAB teachers;
- assigning rooms for KAB teaching in schools;
- integrating KAB within teaching hours;
- providing school directors with awareness sessions on KAB; and
- sending an official letter from the Ministry of Education to each school to ensure the roll out of the programme.
The meeting ended with the Minister’s support and readiness to:
- Endorse and continue the current implementation of KAB in vocational schools;
- roll-out KAB in secondary general education in the 11th grade as a first step of the national dissemination; and
- continue the second phase of dissemination by introducing it to 10th and 11th grades.
On the same day, the ILO awarded certification to 24 KAB National Facilitators, two supervisors from the Ministry of Education and two coordinators (one from BDC and one from the MoE).
ILO/DEF KAB Certification Ceremony
Under the framework of the ILO/Riyadah project and in an effort to increase the KAB programme outreach, a second Training of Facilitators ‘workshop was conducted from 28 November to 10 December 2015. The workshop targeted 20 women TVTC teachers coming from 13 colleges across the Kingdom and was facilitated by the Senior Enterprise Specialist at ILO/RO-Beirut, Ms. Rania Bikhazi.
Throughout the workshop, the teacher were very committed and participated in the activities with a high level of interest and enthusiasm. They welcomed the participatory training techniques of the KAB programme and exerted every effort to display them in their micro teaching sessions. They also appreciated in the games which they found very relevant, and appropriate for students to learn the programme content.
Participants created a group on whatsapp to remain in touch and exchange information and ideas among each other. They have all started teaching the KAB programme and are expected to reunite in a 4 days refresher workshop once they complete the delivery of the first four modules of KAB.
Under the framework of the ILO project to nationalize KAB in vocational and technical training in Palestine, the implementation phase continues with the introduction of the KAB programme in vocational centres in partnership with the Ministry of Labour (MoL) and in secondary vocational schools in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE).
A 12-day Training of Facilitators took place from December 20th until December 31st, 2015 in Hebron, with the aim of introducing the KAB curriculum to 25 teachers, 8 from vocational training centres functioning under MoL and 17 from secondary vocational schools functioning under MoEHE. The workshop was facilitated by KAB National Key Facilitators (NKF) from Palestine Mr. Abdullah El Silawi from MoL and Mr. Raed Abou Menshar from MoEHE.
The workshop was attended by 25 participants (13 women and 12 men) who appreciated the presence of trainers from both ministries and considered it to be a good learning experience.
One of the recommendations made by the trainers is for ministries to organize follow up visits and monitoring to all the facilitators implementing KAB with students.
A refresher workshop is expected to take place when facilitators complete the delivery of the first four modules of the Programme.
Under the framework of the ILO project to nationalize KAB in vocational and technical training in Palestine, the implementation phase continues to introduce the KAB programme in vocational centres in partnership with the Ministry of Labour (MoL) and in secondary vocational schools in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE).
12-day training took place from November 1st until November 12th, 2015 in Nablus, with the aim of introducing the KAB curriculum to 25 teachers, 6 from vocational training centres functioning under MoL, 18 from secondary vocational schools functioning under MoEHE and one official from MoEHE who will serve as a KAB supervisor after completing all necessary requirements. The workshop was facilitated by KAB National Key Facilitators (NKF) from Palestine namely Mr. Abdullah El Silawi from MoL and Mr. Ahmad Samhan from MoEHE.
The workshop was attended by 25 participants (8 women and 17 men) who showed a high level of involvement and commitment.
During the workshop, trainers and participants agreed on several actions to be implemented by teachers and supervisors during the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year:
- Start implementing the programme directly after the training
- Ensure all students fill out the pre-test form on the first day of enrollment in the programme
- Fill out the summary sheet of all entry forms
- The number of students in each class should be between 15-30 students
A refresher workshop is expected to take place after facilitators complete the delivery of the first four modules of the KAB programme to students.
Under the framework of the ILO KAB project with the Business Development Centre (BDC) a follow-up workshop was conducted for 3 days during the period 1- 3 September, 2015 in in Aqaba. The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Rania Bikhazi, KAB International Key Facilitator (IKF) and Mr. Abduallah El Silawi, KAB National Key Facilitator (NKF) from Palestine.
The workshop was attended by 23 participants (16 males, 7 females) from 5 community colleges.
The workshop aimed to go over the challenges and lessons learned from the implementation of KAB part one (modules 1-5), during 2015 and review some topics to facilitate implementation of KAB part two. A revision of the technical content of KAB part two was conducted in detail to refresh the memory of teachers and prepare them for implementation. The revision also covered all games related to modules 5-8 together with the business game that was played again to ensure a thorough understanding of the instructions and extract lessons learned.
During the closing ceremony, participants discussed together with BDC some challenges/solutions to be addressed such as distribution of student certificates, provision of stationary and increase in follow up visits from BDC and the Ministry of Education.
Under the framework of the ILO KAB project with the Business Development Centre (BDC), a follow-up KAB workshop targeted vocational education teachers in Northern city, Irbid. The workshop held from 28 to 30 August, 2015, was facilitated by Ms. Rania Bikhazi, KAB International Key Facilitator (IKF) and Mr. Abduallah El Silawi, KAB National Key Facilitator (NKF) from Palestine.
This was the second refresher workshop and it was attended by 29 participants (11 males, 18 females) from 16 vocational schools who delivered the full KAB program in one year (2014-2015).
During the training workshop, participants shared experiences and presented challenges faced and lessons learned. Many participants showed pictures of their classrooms while implementing KAB highlighting the participatory aspects and the creativity used in the teaching.
Main challenges expressed by the participants were tackled with immediate solutions by BDC KAB Coordinator Mr. Ghaleb Hijazi and Mr. Tahsin Gfishi, KAB Supervisor from the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training. Some of these challenges were issuance of student certificates, provision of stationary, timely issuance of official letters from the government, and compensation means for facilitators.
The participants showed a high level of sharing and commitment during the workshop.
KAB facilitators will be delivering a second round of KAB courses during the 2015-2016 academic year in the hope of reaching a nationalisation decision soon.
Under the framework of the ILO project with the Business Development Centre (BDC) that aims to promote entrepreneurship education in Jordan, the pilot phase continues to introduce the KAB programme in secondary vocational schools in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
The 6-day training (Part one of KAB) took place on August 22-27 in Amman, with the aim of introducing the KAB curriculum to 29 teachers, from 14 secondary vocational schools and one community college, pre-selected by Jordan’s Ministry of Education. The workshop was facilitated by KAB International Key Facilitator (IKF) Rania Bikhazi and National Key Facilitator (NKF) from Palestine Mr. Abdullah El Silawi.
The workshop was attended by 28 participants (7 women and 21 men) who showed a high level of participation and commitment and were enthusiastic about the new teaching methods. Participants applied “learning by doing teaching methodology” whereby all participants gave a micro teaching session from the KAB package and were evaluated on it (teaching techniques and content). Participants used the various KAB teaching techniques such as presentations, games, brainstorming sessions, group work, and role play and brought in guest speakers to facilitate the different types of sessions. Modules 1 through 5 were covered in the training.
Upon completion of the training, KAB facilitators will begin teaching the curriculum to students in secondary vocational schools in coordination with BDC and the Ministry of Education who will implement monitoring and follow up visits.
Part Two of the training is expected to take place beginning of 2016 after facilitators have completed implementing phase 1 with their students.
Under the framework of the ILO/Riyadah project and to begin roll-out of the KAB programme at the Technical Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) Women Section institutes across the Kingdom, a Training of Facilitators workshop was undertaken from March 28-April 9, 2015 in Riyadh.The project aims to foster an entrepreneurship culture among Saudi nationals and encourage self-employment as a potential career option Saudi youth.
The trainees were 33 women teachers representing 17 colleges under the TVTC across the Kingdom. Implementation of the KAB programme will start immediately in some colleges (Al Hissa, Tabuk, Breida and Riyadh), while others will start implementation after Ramadan (end of July 2015). Participants were enthusiastic regarding the KAB programme objectives and will report back to the ILO on successes and challenges faced during implementation with their students.
As part of ILO’s project with the Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS) to improve Yemeni youth’s accessto Decent Work, the Mubadara Entrepreneurship Education programme was developed and pilot tested in eight Yemeni universities targeting youth in their graduating year. As part of the programme, a business plan competition is planned to be held in partnership with the private sector and the sponsorship of Al Tadhamon and Al Kuraimi Banks. The winners of the competition will receive financial and/or in-kind support for the establishment of their business start-up.
As part of the programme, a Training of Coaches (TOC) workshop was held in Al Bustan Hotel in Sana’a between November 28 and December 5, 2014. The workshop targeted 26 professors and private sector employees from different areas of Yemen; these men and women will be coaching the 50 graduates whose business plans are selected for entry in the business plan competition. The participants were enthusiastic to learn coaching skills and support Yemeni youth in developing their business plans.
Approximately 380 plans were submitted by students after taking the Mubadara course, showing their great interest in establishing their own business in the future. In 2014, the Mubadara programme reached a total of 1,044 students in 8 universities with 24 teachers instructing across 5 governorates of Yemen.
During the training of coaches’ workshop, a number of prominent Yemenis showed their support for fostering entrepreneurial attitudes among Yemeni youth and the need for close involvement of the private sector to facilitate the process and coach these young people. The opening ceremony speakers included Mr. Youssef Kuraimi, Head of Al Kuraimi Bank, Mr. Rifaat El Miamary, Deputy of the Executive Director at Al Tadhamon Bank, Dr. Ali Qassem, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Mr. Ibrahim Al Hugari, former Minister of Technical Education and Vocational Training.
In addition, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mr. Mohammad Motahar and Mr. Al Nashmy, Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration from the University of Sciences and Technology, attended the workshop’s closing ceremony and distributed certificates of attendance to the participants. The Minister expressed his support of the Mubadara programme and expressed the need to establish entrepreneurship centers in Yemeni universities.
Currently, a revision of the business plans is underway and the top 50 applicants will be contacted in the coming weeks to confirm their enrolment in the Business Plan Competition and move forward in further developing their plans with their assigned coaches.
As part of the process to nationalize the ILO’s KAB programme in Palestine under the Ministry of Labour during the academic year 2013/2014, a Training of Facilitators (TOF) workshop was conducted by KAB National Key Facilitators Mr. Nidal Ayeshand Mr. Shaheer Yakob from 27 October until 7 November 2013.
This comes after the successful implementation of a pilot project in Palestine in 2009-2010, the positive results of an impact assessment, and the decision to nationalize the KAB programme under the Ministries of Labor, Education and Higher Education.
The 11-day workshop was held in Ramallah and falls under the ILO/Welfare Association project entitled “Nationalization of the Know About Business Programme in the Occupied Palestine Territory”. Twenty-four teachers (9 women and 15 men) attended the workshop from Ramallah’s vocational training centres (VTCs), the Ministry of Social Affairs, and other non-profit associations like the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) and Lutheran World Federation to be able to deliver KAB in their respective organizations.
The workshop’s closing session was attended by H.E Dr. Ahmad Al Majdalani, the Minister of Labour, Engineer Mahmoud Njoum, the General Manager of the Vocational Training Directorate and Mr. Mounir Kleibo, ILO Representative in Palestine. During the event, the aforementioned officials expressed to attendees and the press their full support with rolling-out the KAB programme in Ramallah.
Participants showed great enthusiasm and commitment toward the KAB programme, giving specific recommendations for the implementation and monitoring process. Of particular interest for participants was the topic of social entrepreneurship, whereby many teachers developed a feasible plan for greening their VTCs through cooperation with local institutions.
A draft KAB implementation plan outlining the schedule and number of hours to be given was jointly set for the training centres, while participants from YWCA and Lutheran World Federation developed their own implementation plans according to their institutional needs.