ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia participated in the first World Vocational and Technical Education Development Conference held in China’s northern coastal city of Tianjin.
The conference was held from August 18–20, 2022, under the theme: “Vocational and Technical Education Development in the Post Pandemic Era-New Changes, New Ways, and New Skills.”
Addressing the conference, Chinese President Xi Jinping said technical and vocational education and training are closely associated with the socio-economic development of a country and noted its significance in boosting entrepreneurship and improving people’s livelihood.
Muferiat Kamil, Minister of Labor and Skills, and Dr. Teshale Berecha, Director General of the Ethiopian Federal Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institute (TVETI) were among 700 government and non-governmental participants who attended the event both in person and online.
Addressing the participants virtually, Minister Muferiat noted that the Ethiopian government, recognizing the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training for the country’s overall socioeconomic development, has developed institutional and legal policy frameworks and made developing the sector a priority.
in this regard, the Luban Workshop Ethiopia, which was launched in 2021 in partnership with Tianjin University of Technology and Education and Ethiopia’s TVETI, is serving the country as a center of excellence in the sector, Muferiat said.
Luban Workshop’s training modules are all at international standard levels, the minister added.
Director General of the TVETI Dr. Teshale reassured the participants that the institute will continue further strengthening its partnership with the Tianjin University of Technology and Education.
Ambassador Teshome Toga, who attended the conference in person, conducted sideline talks with high-level officials of Tianjin city and media personalities where he noted Luban workshop Ethiopia is providing high–end technical skills training to young Ethiopians and helping them meet the skills required of the market demand in the country.
At least 700 government and non-governmental participants from across the globe attended the event both in person and online.
The launching of the International Vocational Education Award, the establishment of the World Technical and Vocational Education Training League, and the launching of The Tianjin Initiative proposals were also announced during the conference.