UNESCO Launches 2020 State of the Education Report for India

UNESCO has launched the ‘2020 State of the Education Report for India: Vocational Education First’ report. A second edition of the State of Education Report, it focuses on technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

The report was launched virtually by UNESCO in New Delhi on Tuesday at an event with more than 400 attendees, including representatives from the government, civil society, academia, partners, and youth.

It aims to support the government with the National Skill Development Mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015. The mission aims to skill over 40 crore Indians by 2022.

UNESCO has launched the ‘2020 State of the Education Report for India: Vocational Education First’ report
UNESCO has launched the ‘2020 State of the Education Report for India: Vocational Education First’ report

The report provides an overview of the present capacity for technical and vocational education and training provision through short-term and long-term courses, by state and non-state actors, and also through educational institutes like schools, colleges, and universities.

It focuses on previous education policies, and the approach to TVET in the light of the priorities of the country as reflected in NEP 2020, and priorities that have come with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations (UN).

The report outlines about 10 broad recommendations that should be adopted to help achieve the stated vision for TVET in the country. These are:

  1. Place learners and their aspirations at the centre of vocational education and training programmes.

  2. Create an appropriate ecosystem for teachers, trainers, and assessors.

  3. Focus on upskilling, re-skilling, and lifelong learning.

  4. Ensure inclusive access to TVET for women, differently-abled, and disadvantaged learners.

  5. Massively expand the digitalisation of vocational education and training.

  6. Support local communities to generate livelihoods by engaging in the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

  7. Align better with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  8. Deploy innovative models of financing TVET.

  9. Expand evidence-based research for better planning and monitoring.

  10. Establish a robust coordinating mechanism for inter-ministerial cooperation.

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(Edited by Teja Lele Desai)

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