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/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 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.
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.
Under the framework of the ILO project with the Business Development Center (BDC) that aims to promote entrepreneurship education in Jordan, the second pilot phase has begun to introduce the KAB programme in secondary vocational schools in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
The 12-day training took place on August 16-28 in the Northern city Irbid, with the aim of introducing the KAB curriculum to 14 secondary vocational schools pre-selected by Jordan’s Ministry of Education. The workshop was facilitated by the KAB Regional Key Facilitators (RKFs), Mr. Wael Ghosn and Mr. Samih Jaber.
The workshop was attended by 26 participants (15 women and 11 men) who were highly engaged and enthusiastic about the new teaching methods and materials they will introduce in their classrooms. Upon completion of the training, KAB facilitators will begin teaching the curriculum to students in secondary vocational schools across Jordan, including the areas of Ajlun, Irbid, Ramtha, Kafr Youba, Beit Java, Ma’an, Tafilah, Zarqa, Russeifa, and Amman.
After they have begun teaching, the Ministry of Education and BDC staff will implement monitoring and follow-up visits to teachers at their schools, and a refresher workshop by the ILO is foreseen.
Under the framework of the ILO project with the Business Development Center in Jordan which aims to integrate the KAB programme in secondary vocational schools and community colleges in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research represented by Al Balka’a Applied University, part 1 of the KAB TOF workshop was conducted over 6 days from 26 to 31 October 2013 at the Geneva Hotel in Amman. The workshop was facilitated by the KAB Regional Key Facilitators (RKFs), Mr. Wael Ghosn and Mr. Samih Jaber.
The workshop was attended by 22 participants (18 men and 4 women) of which 20 from the following 7 faculties of AL Balqa Applied University are ready to start teaching KAB to the students immediately:
- Faculty of Zarqa,
- Faculty of Engineering Technology,
- Faculty of Huson, Faculty of Princess Alia,
- Faculty of Princess Rahma,
- Irbid Faculty, and
- Faculty of Ajloun.
The participants showed a high level of engagement and commitment during the workshop and enthusiasm toward the KAB programme. After participants finish the delivery of the first 4 modules of the KAB in class another TOF is foreseen to train them on the second part of the package.
Under the framework of the ILO project with the Business Development Center in Jordan which aims to integrate the KAB programme in secondary vocational schools and community colleges in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research represented by Al Balka’a Applied University, part 1 of the KAB TOF workshop was conducted over 6 days from 5-10 October 2013 at the Bristol Hotel in Amman. The workshop was facilitated by the KAB Regional Key Facilitators (RKFs), Mr. Wael Ghosn and Mr. Samih Jaber and targeted teachers from vocational schools.
The workshop was attended by 25 participants (17 men and 8 women) from the MoE (Ministry of Education) from the following schools:
- Sahab Technical School,
- Ein Jalout Comprehensive Technical Secondary School for Girls,
- Rural Development Center/Al Balqa’a – Deir Alla,
- Al Nasr Technical School,
- Ibn Al Nafees Industrial School/Sweileh,
- Qutaibah Ibn Muslem Technical School/ Al Hashemi Al Shamali,
- Hala Bint Khuwailed Comprehensive Technical Secondary School for Girls/Jabal Altaj,
- Al Bayader Comprehensive Technical Secondary School for Girls/ Al Jandaweel,
- Al Nuzha Comprehensive Technical Secondary School for Girls,
- Marj Al Hamam Technical Secondary School,
- Wadi Al Sair Technical Secondary School,
- Al Shareef Abdel Hameed Sharaf Technical Secondary School, and
- Al Dhulail Central School.
- The 25 teachers who attended the workshop will start piloting KAB in classrooms during the 2013-2014 academic year.
- The nominated 2-3 KAB supervisors from the MoE will follow up on the pilot implementation of the KAB programme and oversee the teachers’ performance by conducting a minimum of 2 class visits per teacher for quality assurance and to assess teachers as part of their certification.
- After participants finish the delivery of the first 4 modules of the KAB in class another TOF is foreseen to train them on the second part of the package.