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KAB Classroom Monitoring Visits, May-June 2013, LebanonSaturday, 27 July 2013 21:51
Under the framework of the Entrepreneurial Learning project, and the pilot implementation of KAB in general and vocational secondary education during the 2012-2013 academic year, a series of classroom monitoring visits were conducted by Mr. Wael Ghosn, KAB Regional Key Facilitator to assess the performance of teachers and ensure the proper implementation of the KAB programme.
Findings from the general education school visists:
- 16 out of the 21 teachers selected to take part in the KAB pilot actually implemented the programme in classrooms. One teacher had to stop delivery at the beginning of the school year due to the security situation in his region and the remaining 4 did not provide clear reasons for not taking part in the pilot.
- All school directors expressed their interest in the KAB programme and their support to ensure its successful impelemntation in the pilot phase.
- The KAB programme was welcomed by students who greatly benefited from it as was reflected by their improved engagement with their teachers and their active participation in class.
- Due to the delay in issuing the decree to launch the KAB pilot implementation during the 2012-2013 academic year and the strike that was held during that time by teachers and other public officials for a significant period of time, teachers were left with a limited time span that prevented them to fully cover all the course's content.
- Some schools did not provide teachers with the necessary stationary required to deliver the course (flipcharts, markers, flashcards etc...)
Findings from the vocational education school visits:
- Of the 19 teachers, only 10 delivered KAB in classrooms while the rest were not able to do so for any of the following reasons: a lack of students, their contract status, or the extended strike that occured during the academic year.
- All school directors were very enthusiastic about the KAB programme and made sure to provide teachers with the adequate classrooms for the course delivery and the required stationary.
- KAB teachers were very motivated and excited about the KAB programme and worked hard to perfect their classroom delivery of the course by using the programme's participatory teaching techniques.
- Some of the challenges faced include the delay in issuing the decree and the strikd that were mentioned above, the delivery of the course as an extra curricular activity which affeted the students' committment and the insufficient classroom monitoring visits conducted by the assigned KAB supervisors.
Based on the findings of these visits, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education along with the project partners (ILO-UNESCO-ETF) decided to extend the KAB pilot to a second phase and continue the implementation during the 2013-2014 academic year. This would allow to address the challenges faced in the first year, continue the monitoring of teacher's performance for their potential certification and the proper assessment of the programme for its potential integration in the national curricula of both general and vocational secondary education.
Attached are some photos taken during the classroom visits.
KAB National Key Facilitators Workshop in Cairo-March 2013Wednesday, 05 June 2013 15:53
Under the framework of the ILO/CIDA project entitled: “Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People (DJEP)”, and specifically under the self-employment and entrepreneurship development component, a KAB National Key Facilitator Workshop was facilitated by the RO-Beirut Enterprise Development Specialist, Ms. Rania Bikhazi, upon the request of ILO-Cairo Office.
The workshop was held at the Pyramisa Hotel from 24-28 March 2013. The opening session was attended by officials from the ILO office in Cairo namely Ms. Kholoud Al Khaldi, Senior Enterprise Development Specialist, Mr. Magdy Wahba, SME Expert, Ms. Perihan Tawfik, Project Officer and Mr. Sayed Kasseb, Director of Pathways. Opening speeches focused on the importance of tackling youth unemployment and promoting self-employment as a career option among Egyptian youth.
Following the introduction of the programme and the leveling of participants’ expectations made at the beginning of the workshop by the Enterprise Development Specialist who is a KAB International Key Facilitator (IKF); a brief presentation was made by Mr. Magdy Wahba on the history of the KAB programme in Egypt and the current ILO/CIDA project. Ms. Kholoud Al Khaldi in her turn presented the ILO implementation of the KAB programme in North Africa and also delivered a session on Gender Equality. The IKF, Ms. Rania Bikhazi, made a brief presentation on the KAB implementation in the Middle East followed by Ms. Perihan Tawfik who presented the content of the KAB Key Facilitator Guide.
Twenty two university professors/potential national key facilitators from eight universities across Egypt participated in the NKF workshop. Under the Pathways project in Egypt, almost all of the professors contributed to the KAB training delivered in summer 2012 and/or winter 2013 in addition to some who contributed to some of the promotional awareness sessions in their universities.
Since it was not possible for the Enterprise Specialist to monitor the delivery of the professors in their classrooms, they were each asked to prepare a 15 minutes presentation to report their achievements in KAB teaching and to demonstrate their facilitation skills. Each presentation was followed by a short feedback session to which both the participants and the Enterprise Development Specialist contributed.
On Tuesday 26 March, a two-hour session was allocated for the presentation of the online version of the KAB programme. Participants were guided in a step-by-step application of the online programme which they found interesting and useful if blended with face-to-face training to reduce the training hours in the classrooms. The session was delivered by Ms. Doaa Al Jabali, teacher previously trained on KAB.
On Wednesday 27 March, a two-hour session was allocated to discuss the topic of social entrepreneurship which was delivered by Mr. Ayman Tarabishi from George Washington University. The concept of social entrepreneurship was not very clear to participants who were guided through the definition of the concept in a plane game they all appreciated.
On the last day of the workshop a written test was administered to assess the participants’ knowledge of the KAB programme and its content. Certificates of attendance were also distributed to all participants during the closing session attended by the same officials present at the opening.
APYouthNet Talk Show #18 – Youth employment and access to finance (April 2013)Monday, 13 May 2013 09:11
In this edition of the APYouthNet Talk Show, Lyn Kok, President & CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Thailand discusses the role and prospects of corporate banking in the field of microfinance, and its impact on youth employment.
KAB Focus Groups in Jordan March 2013Sunday, 17 March 2013 15:08
Under the ILO/BDC project “Know About Business in the National Company for Employment and Training” and as part of the short-term KAB impact assessment, 7 focus group sessions were held from 4-7 March 2013 at the Business Development Center (BDC) in Amman, Jordan. The focus groups were held with the following participants:
1. Former students at the NCET who did not attend KAB classes
2. Former KAB students at the NCET who got employed
3. Former KAB students at the NCET who opened their own business
4. Former KAB students at the NCET who are unemployed
5. Employers of former KAB students at the NCET
6. Parents of former KAB students at the NCET
7. KAB Trainers at the NCET
The focus groups were facilitated by Alexandra Irani, ILO consultant, and co-facilitated by Ms. Farah Al-Azab as part of her capacity building process as a KAB Coordinator on an upcoming ILO/BDC project. The focus group participants were selected and contacted by the National Company for Employment and Training based on a selection criteria that was made available to them ahead of the focus group dates. Most focus groups included 8-12 participants; ranged between 1 to 2 hours and were video-taped for record keeping. The participants were informed of the confidentiality of the recordings and their consent was sought before proceeding with the recording.
Findings from all focus groups showed the following main points:
- KAB had a significant positive impact on students on a personal level and a business level. It helped increase their self-confidence and taught them how to think strategically, plan all activities they want to undertake and organize their time.
- Even KAB students who faced difficulties in finding a job or are still currently unemployed mentioned the positive impact KAB had on them.
- KAB students, trainers and parents all recommended providing financial linkages to students who complete their business plans and are ready to establish or grow their business.
Thanks to the continuous efforts of Mr. Mohammad Bin Yassin and Mr. Mohamad el Saoub, supervisors at the NCET; Mr. Alaa Abou Hajeh, KAB National Facilitator; Ms. Farah Al Azab, Ms. Hadeel Issa and Mr. Ghaleb Hijazi from BDC, the 7 focus groups were successfully held and the required information from the selected participants was obtained.
Afghan women unleashing their business potentialMonday, 04 March 2013 08:41
Afghan women unleashing their business potential
How entrepreneurship enabled an Afghan woman to create a successful company and help other women do the same.
After graduating in engineering from Balkh University, she secretly studied English at a time when women seeking an education risked being executed by the Taliban.
“I was studying English in a private house, without textbooks or notebooks, going in a burqa to a hidden English language course,” she says.
At first, she couldn’t get a job but things started to look up for the 35-year-old mother of two after the fall of the Taliban regime.
In 2003, she was invited to follow an entrepreneurship and handicraft course for Afghan women, held at the ILO’s International Training Centre (ITC-ILO) in Turin, Italy, with funding assistance from the Italian government.
It was the first time Yaqobi had travelled outside Afghanistan. She was keen to learn new skills, and excited at the prospect of showing that Afghan women are committed to contribute - shoulder to shoulder with Afghan men - to the sustainable development of their country.
“I learned what business is and how to do marketing and how to start a business. The interesting topic was marketing - how to find customers - and that I did very well.”
During the course they held an “Afghan night” for the public, and the 30 participants were put to the test.
The other women had brought Afghan handicrafts to sell. All Yaqobi had was a roll of henna – traditional red dye.
“I rented two chairs, and when the programme started, guests came to me and asked, ‘what is this?’ I explained and showed them how I had used henna on my hands. Then everybody came to do henna, including the media.”
Yaqobi was greatly inspired by what she learned at the ITC-ILO. She decided to become an entrepreneur, although many thought this was impossible for a woman in Afghanistan.
A huge untapped potentialUpon her return to the country, she founded Balkh Business Development Services, which focuses mainly on business planning, budgeting, English for business and information technology. She leads a team of 26 employees, and says her company is capable of managing projects worth millions of dollars.
Some 500 women have been trained by her organization, 200 of whom have started their own businesses.
“By becoming entrepreneurs we are not only creating jobs for other women but moving from traditional customs to the 21st century,” she says.
According to Hervé Berger, the ILO representative for Afghanistan, Yaqobi’s example shows “what a little quality training, combined with determination, can do to improve lives."
“Afghan women represent half of the untapped potential of Afghanistan. If even a fraction of that potential was unleashed, imagine how that would improve Afghanistan's competitiveness vis-a-vis its competitors! The future of Afghanistan will be much brighter if Afghan women are given the opportunity to enter the labour market as skilled workers.”
Yaqobi herself believes thousands of Afghan women could benefit from business training, and she hopes the ILO will be able to help more young women in the country.
Entrepreneurship training “will enable them to become more confident in making a decent life for themselves and their children, as I did for myself and so many others,” she says.
by Nangyalai Attal, ILO Kabul
KAB NKF Certification in Yemen 12-24 January 2013Monday, 25 February 2013 10:09
Under the framework of the ILO-SMEPS/KAB project in Yemen, the KAB NKF certification process was initiated by the Enterprise Development Specialist on January 12th 2013 in Yemen as part of the nationalization phase of the programme.
Five potential KAB NKFs delivered two KAB TOFs simultaneously at the Bustan Hotel from 12-24 January 2013 for their certification under the technical monitoring of the Enterprise Development Specialist and 2 KAB Regional Key Facilitators. A total of 48 teachers and one official from SMEPS took part in the two KAB TOF workshops.
The nationalization of the programme requires training an additional 100 teachers to be able to cover the remaining vocational centres and complete the commitment made by SMEPS to the MTEVT. The certification of the five NKFs would lead to the institutionalization of the KAB programme in Yemen and will ensure its sustainability at the end of the current ILO project.
The preparations of both workshops were very well done and it is noteworthy to mention that the 4 trainers (in addition to Ms. Khlood Shaker who is very competent but works at SMEPS as the KAB Coordinator) worked extensively ahead of the training and until late hours at night. They were all present at 7:30am to prepare and adjust the training rooms and stayed until 20:00 for their individual coaching sessions taking comments and observations very positively and showing their readiness and willingness to improve.
After evaulating the performance assessments, 4 KAB facilitators were certified as KAB National Key Facilitators and can all proceed with the delivery of up-coming KAB TOFs in Yemen.
ILO and SMEPS are very pleased with this outcome and proud of the project's achievements so far that are leading to the sustainability of the KAB programme in Yemen.
KAB Follow-up Workshop Erbil-Kurdistan 1-4 February 2013Monday, 25 February 2013 09:37
Under the framework of the 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 second KAB follow-up workshop was held in Erbil from 1-4 February 2013.
The workshop was implemented in two parts. The first part started on Friday February 1, 2013 in the afternoon in the presence of 9 KAB facilitators previously trained under an ILO project in 2008-2011. Over two sessions, the ILO facilitators presented and discussed with the participants the changes and additions made on the KAB programme in its new 2013 version, namely the concepts of green enterprises.
The second part of the workshop started on Saturday February 2, 2013 with 22 participants divided as follows:
- 10 “new” KAB facilitators and 2 KAB supervisors trained under the current ILO/UNESCO project (5 from MoHE and Scientific Research and 7 from the MoE).
- 10 “old” KAB facilitators trained under a previous ILO project during the period from 2008 to 2011 (5 from MoHE and Scientific Research and 5 from the MoE)
The opening session was attended by the ILO Enterprise Development Specialist, Mr. Ryo Justin Ragland, the Programme Coordinator at UNESCO/Amman and Mr. Khalid Khoshnaw, UNESCO National Programme Officer in Erbil. TheEnterprise DevelopmentSpecialist seized the opportunity to distribute the long due KAB ‘National Facilitator’ certificates to the “old” KAB teachers who completed the certification requirements as National Facilitators under a previous ILO project but were never provided with certificates.
The main activities of the workshop included the following:
- KAB teachers and supervisors presented their KAB teaching experiences. They highlighted successes, difficulties, challenges faced and how they dealt with them. A discussion was initiated after each presentation to exchange lessons learned and good practices. The presentations served as a good platform for KAB experience sharing and knowledge dissemination among the participants.
- Participants selected a number of KAB topics to be explained/reviewed in the refresher namely:
- Decent work
- Balance sheet
- Cash flow plan
- Business Game/Module 1
All above mentioned topics, including the Business Game, were presented by the participants on a voluntary basis with additions made by the KAB facilitators whenever needed.
The last session of the workshop was dedicated to collecting participants’ ideas and suggestions about the integration of the KAB programme in their teaching curricula based on its pilot implementation. Participants were divided in 2 groups one from the MoE and one from the MoHE and Scientific Research. Some of the recommendations made include:
- Developing a KAB nationalization strategy/work plan based on the chosen alternative which will include training of the required number of new KAB teachers and training/certification of a number of national key facilitators (NKFs) to ensure the sustainability of the programme in Kurdistan.
- Training an additional 30 KAB teachers (10 teachers for Erbil, 10 teachers for Dohuk and 10 teachers for Sulaymaniya) to ensure a good teaching capacity in Kurdistan.
- Liaising with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) to facilitate the financing of business plans developed by students of the MoE and MoEHE who successfully complete the KAB programme.
KAB Follow-Up Workshop Erbil-Kurdistan, Iraq 9-11 December 2012Friday, 21 December 2012 16:15
KAB Follow-Up Workshop
9-11 December 2012: Erbil-Kurdistan, Iraq
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.
KAB Workshops in Sana'a-Yemen November 2012Tuesday, 18 December 2012 20:39
12-20 November 2012: Sana’a, Yemen
KAB NKF Workshop 12-17 November 2012
Under the framework of the ILO/KAB project in Yemen and the decision of the MTEVT to nationalize the KAB programme in Yemen, a KAB National Key Facilitators’ Workshop was held in Sana’a from 12 to 17 November 2012. The KAB NKF was facilitator by two KAB Regional Key Facilitators (RKFs). Throughout the workshop, the RKFs thoroughly observed the performance of KAB teachers to assess their competencies as potential NKFs. As part of their certification, the participants were given a written KAB exam covering the KAB Games and a written KAB exam covering the content and training techniques of the KAB programme.
Following the potential NKFs performance during the workshop and in the KAB exam:
- 6 participants were recommended as potential KAB NKFs (5 from the Ministry of TVET and 1 from SMEPS). These potential KAB NKFs can also perform the duties of the KAB supervisors.
- 13 KAB teachers from the Ministry of TVET were deemed able to perform KAB supervisory duties in addition to teaching KAB to students.
- 7 KAB teachers were not recommended to perform KAB supervisory duties. These teachers will continue teaching KAB to students.
KAB Follow-Up Workshop on new KAB topics 18-20 November 2012
A three days training workshop on the new KAB topics namely Green Enterprises, Social Security, Decent Work, Gender and People with Disabilities was held from 18 to 20 November 2012. The workshop was opened by H.E Abdel Hafez Thabet Neeman Minister of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) who stressed on the need for entrepreneurship education in Yemen and inaugurated the national roll-out of the KAB programme and the new KAB 2013 version of the package which has been customized to fit the Yemeni socio-economic background. H.E also met with the ILO Enterprise Development Specialist to discuss the nationalization plan for the KAB programme. He also suggested ways to support enterprise development in Yemen such as the establishment of a bank that specifically caters for the needs of SMEs. The event was extensively covered by the media which documented the keynote speeches and the workshop proceedings.
During the workshop, small groups of participants (2-3 participants in each group) delivered the new topics added to the KAB programme; additionally, group discussions were held and further explanations of the topics were provided by the RKFs. The facilitators presented examples of how the topics of Gender and People with Disabilities are fully integrated in the KAB topics. The participants also discussed all the suggested changes to the Yemeni KAB version to finalize the package. The latest KAB 2013 Arabic version will be provided to SMEPS and to the Ministry of TVET to be used in the upcoming KAB TOF workshops. One session was allocated to discuss the suggested scenarios for the implementation of KAB in technical education and vocational training institutions.
 Articles in Arabic covering the event can be accessed through the following links:
KAB Selection Interviews for Trainers, Amman-Jordan Nov 2012Tuesday, 18 December 2012 17:58
Under the framework of the ILO-DEF-VTC Project, in Jordan, KAB Selection Interviews were held with the coordinators, trainers and supervisors selected by the Development and Employment Fund (DEF) and the Vocational Training Corporation (VTC).
The purpose of the interviews was to assess the coordinators’, trainers’ and supervisors’ readiness and ability to participate in the KAB pilot which will entail but is not limited to participating in the Training of Facilitators’ Workshop (TOF), subsequent KAB follow-up workshops and delivering/supervising the KAB course in selected vocational training classes. Selected trainers are expected to meet ILO KAB criteria which requires them to be dynamic, ready to learn and implement participatory training techniques and receive and give constructive feedback.
31 interviews were held with coordinators, supervisors and trainers to enquire about the following main points:
- Their attitude towards entrepreneurship education and the KAB programme
- Their motivation level
- Their business and teaching skills
- Whether they previously opened a business
In general, all interviewed participants showed a high level of interest in the KAB programme and its piloting at the selected vocational training centres due to what they heard of the programme during the KAB Awareness Workshop and their previous exposure to various trainings on soft skills and participatory training techniques. The KAB Coordinators and Supervisors specifically expressed high enthusiasm and readiness to dedicate their full time for the successful implementation of the KAB project.
After conducting the interviews and following the interviewer's recommendations, 4 trainers were replaced due to either a lack of interest in the KAB programme or severe time/financial constraints they will be facing that will prevent them from providing the programme the adequate time for a successful implementation.
The KAB Training of Facilitators' Workshop is expected to be held in the first quarter of 2013.