The KAB follow up workshops targeting teachers from vocational education and general education on delivering KAB in classrooms.
The first workshop that targeted vocational education teachers was facilitated by Mr.Wael Ghosn, KAB Regional Key Facilitator (RKF). The workshop was held from 23 to 25 October 2013 at the Ministry of Education in Beirut and was attended by 17 participants from the General Directorate of Vocational Education (13 men and 4 women) who will later be delivering the KAB in classrooms during the 2013-2014 academic year.
The second workshop that targeted general education teachers was facilitated by Mr.Samih Jaber, KAB Regional Key Facilitator (RKF). The workshop was held from 23 to 25 October 2013 at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Beirut and was attended by 21 participants who will be delivering the KAB in classrooms during the 2013-2014 academic year.
During the training workshops, the RKF was present and took part in facilitating the sessions according to the set agenda: warm up exercises and ice breaking activities were held, the RKF worked with participants on how to complete and analyse them and submit the required programme reports. Teachers were also given an introduction of the workshop objectives and agenda and review of participants’ expectations in view of the workshop objectives and highlighting.
The participants showed a high level of participation and commitment during the workshop and enthusiasm toward the KAB programme.
The second round of delivery for the 2013-2014 academic year has started in the hope of reaching a nationalisation decision.
Work Improvement in Small Enterprises (WISE) is an innovative approach to improving working conditions and productivity in small and medium-sized enterprises around the world. It is a process in which entrepreneurs and managers are empowered and supported to address working conditions issues through the identification, sharing and implementation of local and affordable good practices.
A workshop was conducted in Beirut from 29 to 31 October 2013 to pilot the WISE programme that was recently translated to Arabic and adapted to the needs of the Jordanian and Lebanese economies. It was attended by 27 participants who consisted of representatives from small and medium industrial enterprises across the different sectors in Lebanon, including the food and beverage, packaging, cosmetics, and industrial machinery sectors; as well as representatives from different units of the Ministry of Industry, the Industrial Research Institute and ELCIM.
The workshop focused on introducing the technical modules of the WISE programme to the participants which include productive machine safety, control of hazardous substances, and lighting. Participants were also exposed to the managerial modules of the programme which include Managing and Motivating Workers, Create a Respectful Work Environment, Creating Family Friendly Measures and Managing Wages and Benefits. Since the goal of the workshop was to review and adapt the material based on feedback received from Jordanian and Lebanese SMEs, after each module was explained a discussion was held with participants to go over the required changes and adaptations.
At the end of the workshop, a wrap-up session was held, whereby the trainers reviewed the expectations with the participants and it was determined that 90% of the expectations were met during the workshop.
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.
Under the framework of the Entrepreneurial Learning project, a KAB Awareness Raising Workshop was jointly held by the European Training Foundation (ETF), UNESCO and ILO to raise awareness on entrepreneurship education and the ILO Know About Business programme amongst policymakers, government officials and senior educators in
The Workshop was facilitated by Mr. Samih Jaber, KAB Regional Key Facilitator in the presence of the Enterprise Development Specialist Ms. Rania Bikhazi. Workshop participants included the Advisor to the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Director General of General Education, Vocational Training and
Preparing youth for self-employment and enterprise development is key to national education efforts in Arab countries. The workshop introduced participants to the ILO Know About Business programme, its objectives, implementation methodology and sustainability strategy. Participants drafted and endorsed a detailed work plan for the implementation of KAB in
As a follow- up to the
Under the framework of the Skills Development Project, a second KAB pilot phase was implemented in 7 vocational training centres in various regions in South Lebanon. Following the success of the first Business plan competition that was held in July 2010, KAB participants were encouraged to submit a business plan to be viewed and assessed by a jury on 13 and 14 January 2011.
59 business plans were submitted of which 15 were chosen to present their business plans in front of the jury. There were 4 in-kind prizes of which a 1st prize amounting to 1000$, a 2nd prize amounting to 750$, a 3rd prize of 500$ and a 4th prize of 250$. As there were business plans presented by very young students, honorary prizes were awarded to 3 students with outstanding business plans.
The winners were presented with certificates and their respective prizes during a graduation ceremony that was held in Nabatieh on the 29th of March 2011.
Attached are some photos of the event and the winners.
Under the framework of the Skills Development Project, a KAB pilot phase was implemented in 7 vocational training centres in various regions in South Lebanon. At the end of the KAB course, participants were encouraged to submit a business plan to be viewed and assessed by a jury.
50 business plans were submitted of which 12 were chosen to present their business plans in front of the jury. There were 11 in-kind prizes of which a 1st prize amounting to 1000$, a 2nd prize amounting to 750$, a 3rd prize of 500$, a 4th prize of 250$ and a 200$ prize for a business plan from each school (a total of 7). As this competition encouraged students to attend
The winners were presented with certificates and their respective prizes during a graduation ceremony that was held in Saida on the 8th of July 2010.
Attached are some photos of the event and the winners.
Under the Framework of the Skills Development, Employment Services and Local Economic Recovery for the Construction Sector in South Lebanon a Graduation Ceremony was held on the 29th of March 2011in Nabatieh.
Within the ceremony, 10 teachers were certified as KAB National Facilitators.
This comes after their successful delivery of KAB to students during the pilot phase in various vocational training centers in South Lebanon under the supervision of Rania Bikhazi, KAB International Key Facilitator and Enterprise Development Specialist at the ILO Regional Office for Arab States.
Attached are some graduation photos.
In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region countries such as Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen, have introduced or are in the process of introducing the Know About Business (KAB) entrepreneurship education at various educational levels such as secondary, post-secondary, vocational and technical schools and higher education
The objective of this international conference on entrepreneurship education was to bring together politicians, researchers, educators, practitioners and students mainly from Arabian countries to discuss and share knowledge and experiences with a view to develop better policies and guidelines for the promotion of self-employment and youth entrepreneurship through entrepreneurship education. 190 participants from 28 countries shared their experience and knowledge about entrepreneurship education. The present document synthesizes the main discussions and recommendations made during the conference.
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