Mongolia officially launches the TVET Policy Review Final Report in Ulaanbaatar

In the midst of retreating globalization, threats posed by climate change, growing youth unemployment and the COVID-19 pandemic are exacerbating a sense of uncertainty for children and young people, while they live their lives and prepare for the future and for the world of work. On 8 September 2020, the final report of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Policy Review in Mongolia was officially launched in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, offering timely recommendations to strengthen skills needed in a rapidly changing world. On behalf of UNESCO, Mr. Tapan Mishra, UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia, presented both the English and Mongolian volumes of the Report to Ms. Ariunzaya Ayush, Mongolian Minister of Labour and Social Protection (MoLSP).

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Hon. Ariunzaya Ayush, Mongolian Minister of Labour and Social Protection, expressed her sincere appreciation to UNESCO for partnering with MoLSP so as to review the TVET Sector and make policy recommendations for action by the Mongolian Government and partners.

The Minister reminded launch participants of the critical importance of TVET and skills development, lauding the Report as a significant contribution well aligned with Mongolia’s goal and socioeconomic policy framework for transitioning to a digital economy. She pledged her commitment to implementing the significant TVET sector reform proposed in recommendations made, stating that TVET “is one of the priority areas for the government and Mongolia to develop” and declaring “This TVET review report will be my new tabletop book.”

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TVET aims to empower youth with relevant technical and vocational skills to transition into adult economic and social roles, and to effectively contribute to their community’s socioeconomic development. The Minister affirmed that, under her administration, TVET sector transformation in Mongolia will take place in line with the principles of Sustainable Development Goal 4: seeking to ensure access, equity, inclusion, quality and lifelong learning, leaving no one behind.

Mr. Tapan Mishra, the UN Resident Coordinator, commended the in-depth review of the TVET sector, leading to clear policy recommendations for implementation.  He applauded UNESCO’s dedication to strengthening the TVET sector in Mongolia, which will ultimately contribute to a holistic, equitable and quality development of the country, and towards achieving all Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG4 and SDG8. Mr. Mishra assured the Minister of the Mongolia UN Country Team’s strong commitment to work with MoLS to advance TVET and Skills Development in Mongolia.   

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