Friday, December 13, 2019

Rawan Yasmin

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.


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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.

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.

The WISE workshop was conducted in Amman from 1 till 5 December 2013. Fifteen participants attended the workshop, eight from Lebanon and seven from Jordan. The participants consisted of trainers and consultants from different firms of the Lebanese and Jordanian private sectors; as well as representatives from the Lebanese Ministry of Industry, the Industrial Research Institute and ELCIM; and the Jordanian Chambers of Industry.

The workshop was focused on the introduction of the WISE methodology and approach in an effort to provide the participants with an understanding of what the WISE package is exactly, and what their role will be in terms of the WISE program.

At the end of the workshop, during each of the presentations conducted by the participants, members of the training team joined by a member of the ILO evaluated each participant individually, based on specific criteria that were made clear to the participants prior to the presentations.

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.  

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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. 

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