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KAB Newsletter: Issue 6, October 2012Tuesday, 30 October 2012 06:12
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KAB implementation in FijiThursday, 18 October 2012 13:20
KAB Fiji has been launched as a strategy to prevent children from dropping out of school by contributing towards the creation of an enterprise culture in Fiji, promoting awareness among young people of the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship and self-employment.
This initiative is part of the EU‐ funded Tackling Child Labour through Education (TACKLE) project implemented by the ILO’s International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour, which strengthens formal education and training interventions aimed at preventing children from dropping out of school and entering into child labour.
Photo: ILO CO_Suva Director, Mr. David Lamotte, presenting the ILO Know About Business (KAB) programme to Ministry of Education officials, including Labour and ILO social partners, at an Education Forum in . The KAB presentation was organised in response to a request from the Deputy Secretary of the Fiji Ministry of Education, following a ILO supported SYOB training workshop for secondary school students in technical and vocational education. September 2011.
There are a large number of students dropping out early from school. Each year over 17,000 new entrants join the labour market in Fiji. Of this number approximately 10,000 are mainly secondary school leavers. The prospects of these young school leavers obtaining paid employment in the formal economic sector is limited and appears to be decreasing. In 2004, jobs were created for about half of those entering the labour market. Most of the rest need to find work in the informal sector. With very low growth rates forecasted for the future, the ratio of jobs to jobseekers will continue to decline and unemployment, particularly among youth, is expected to increase. With limited skills and knowledge to improve their livelihoods, early school leavers make up a large number of the unemployed and subsequently contribute to the rising tide of crime and violence.
In the face of the socio‐economic constraints facing the country, the Fiji government is focusing on the development of employment and income‐ generating opportunities in the informal sector, through the promotion of entrepreneurship, self‐ employment and microenterprises.
It is recognised that to effectively address the training needs of the informal economy, new methodologies, content and delivery systems are required. It is also recognised that designing and delivering effective programmes using skills training to exploit income generating opportunities in both the agricultural and non‐farm sectors can lead to subsequent improvements in prevailing health, sanitation, and resource utilization practices in these areas resulting in both an economic and social impact on rural populations and communities. There is also a need to establish and maintain enhanced quality and standards through relevant, competency‐based curriculum and effective quality control at all levels.
Recent Ministry of Education statistics in Fiji show there is an increasing school dropout rate particularly at the secondary school level. Some reasons for early school dropouts and entry into child labour include poverty, poor academic performance, poor access to schools, and failure of school‐ leavers to secure decent work opportunities. In working towards improving access to education, improving the quality of education provided to all children, and reducing school drop‐out rates, the Ministry of Education has identified the need to strengthen the formal education system with entrepreneurial education. The introduction of Know About Business (KAB) will improve the quality of formal education offered to children.
According to the Fiji Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Scio‐Economic Development (RDSSED) 2009‐2014, access to quality education for all will remain a priority for Fiji, and improved quality of teaching supplemented by progressive and responsive curriculum will ensure the achievement of an educated and skilled workforce.
In 2010, the Ministry of Education, with the support of the EU‐ funded Tackling Child labour through Education (TACKLE) project, launched the Start Your Own Business training programme, as a compulsory course for TVET students in secondary schools. This was part of efforts to improve the formal education curriculum through entrepreneurship education programmes. In 2011, TACKLE and the ILO Suva Office, organised an Education Forum where the KAB programme and approach was presented by the Director of ILO CO Suva, Mr. David Lamotte. A month later, a representative from the Ministry of Education was sent to attend the KAB training course at the ITC. A paper on KAB was then presented to the Minister of Education at a Ministers meeting on the 16th of January 2012 whereby KAB was approved to be offered in schools and a proposal sent to the ILO requesting approval and assistance for implementation.
The Ministry of Education proposed to implement a Pilot Phase of KAB in selected number of schools in Fiji beginning in October 2012. The pilot phase aims at developing a sustainability framework which will plan for the full implementation of KAB through the formal education curriculum. Teachers of selected schools and relevant staff of the Ministry of Education will be trained to become National KAB Facilitators. KAB resources and business skills training resources will be printed and made available to the schools and training institutions. In addition, the first pilot phase will be evaluated and lessons learnt shared with key partners to inform the design of the KAB implementations and sustainability framework.
The ultimate beneficiaries of KAB training are students in schools. The typical age group would be 15 to 17 year olds. It is anticipated that approximately 2500 students will enrol in the KAB curriculum for pilot phase. The Ministry of Education, teachers and students will be main stakeholders in the pilot project implementation. Once KAB is introduced in the national curriculum the final beneficiaries will be all students of secondary schools in Fiji. KAB helps in achieving the Fiji DWCP PRIORITY 2: “Promotion of decent employment opportunities”, specifically Outcome 2.1. Adoption of employment related policies and plans. It also fits into the implementation strategies of National Employment Policies that promote early interventions with school‐age youths to realise the goals in generating decent and productive employment in the formal and informal economy. By supporting the implementation of KAB, TACKLE contributes to Outcome 2.3.2. on mainstreaming of child labour issues into national policies and programmes.The Pilot Phase is visually explained in attachment.
KAB Training to take place in Sindh province of PakistanWednesday, 17 October 2012 06:43
The KAB Pakistan team has received two notifications of Sindh TEVTA informing that a total of 22 TVET Institutes of Sindh have adopted Know-About-Business (KAB) module in their regular courses. This has surpassed the ILO target of 20 institutes planned up to the end of this year (started in September 2011).
This has been the first pilot of KAB in Pakistan and marks an achievement in many terms.
The project is now moving ahead in helping S-TEVTA to internalize the expertise on KAB implementation as well as to play a key role in further expansion of KAB in other provinces. One such training is currently being implemented in Punjab - jointly facilitated by ILO Consultant and STEVTA KAB Facilitator (trained by Project). The KAB module has also been translated in Urdu and sufficient copies are available for future use/expansion.
In a recent development, the Sindh Government has also approved a Credit Line of PKR 300 million for starting a Loan Programme to support business plans of TEVT Trainees. The EET Project is providing technical assistance to STEVTA in developing a suitable delivery mechanism for this Loan Programme with the guidance of ILO Social Finance Unit.
The 80 to 120 hours of KAB/entrepreneurship Training Courses in 22 Vocational Traning Institutes and Polytechnic Institutes - for which 62 instroctors were trained by ILO Islamabad - will be taking place accross the Sindh Province of Pakistan, at the following locations: