First IVETA South Asian Regional Conference in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is to host the first IVETA South Asian Regional Conference
from August 19 to 22, 2009. This year's theme which has been selected by
the member countries is "Innovative TVET Initiatives to Support
Sustainable Economic Development and Poverty Reduction, and the Role of
TVET in Improving Social Equity".
The four-day conference where expected to participate over 200
national and international delegates includes seminars, workshops,
exhibitions and several other activities with the assistance of the nine
provincial technical colleges. Vocational and Technical Training
Minister Piyasena Gamage said that the conference will address the
issue; vocational and technical education as a tool for poverty
alleviation, social equity, peace promotion and economic development of
The Minister further said that the theme is very important for
countries in the Asia region as it could also focus on TVET as having
influence on economic development for peace building and conflict
resolution. Minister Gamage also highlighted that among these topics the
conference would prioritize on human resource development in a post war
"The regional conference will be a forum for participants from
different countries and regions to share and transfer experiences
through expertise, policy guidance, diffusion of their model of
development", the Minister added.
He said that the TVET experts in the European, American, African,
Arabian, Australian and Asian continents would use the conference as a
platform to share their experiences on using the TVET as a powerful tool
for sustainable economic development which paves the way for a peaceful
Vocational and Technical Training Ministry spokesman Nimal Perera
said that arrangements have been made to transport delegates to visit
the country's main technical colleges in nine provinces.
He said that as the war is over, conference delegates will receive a
chance to visit the moderated Jaffna Technical College.
Meanwhile, the country's first technical college known as Maradana
Technical College which was started in 1893 has arranged a special
exhibition concurrently with the South Asian Regional Conference on
Vocational and Technical Education.
IVETA (International Vocational Education Training Association) which
organizes this conference annually is an organization and network of
vocational educators, vocational skills training organizations, business
and industrial firms and individuals and groups interested or involved
in vocational education and training worldwide.
(Courtesy: Asian Tribune)