Promoting East Jerusalem innovation and sustainable economic development through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Funded by the European Union
Wednesday, 3 May 2017 –East Jerusalem:On 2 and 3 May, the Italian NGO COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale in collaboration with Mercy Corps, organized the first “Vocational and Educational EXPO” in East Jerusalem, in the courtyard of the Industrial Secondary School – the Arab Orphan Committee, to give the opportunity to Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) involved in the project (namely the Lutheran World Federation – Vocational Training Program, the Industrial Secondary School – Arab Orphan Committee, the Youth Women Christian Association and the Industrial Islamic Orphanage) to present their courses to the students coming from Awkaf, private and municipality schools, as well as representatives of the private sector.
The EXPO, which will be organized on an annual basis, is part of a larger project funded by the European Union for a total amount of 1.6 million Euro entitled: “Promoting East Jerusalem innovation and sustainable economic development through Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)”.
More than one thousand students of 10th grade coming from 14 schools, as well as students from the VTCs, had the chance to visit the booths dedicated to vocational jobs as bamboo, tailoring, printing, handcrafts, electricity, computers and networking, hotel management and catering, car mechanics, telecommunication, welding and aluminum, carpentry, plumbing and HVAC, CNC, photography and graphic design, office management and applications’ development. All of them expressed their high appreciation for the chance offered by COOPI to discover the world of vocational education and training, while receiving suggestions and guidance on possible professional paths.
The Director of the Directorate of Education in Jerusalem, Samir Jibril, and the Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Fadi Hidmi, paid a visit to the event, as well as representatives of the Bank of Palestine, the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC).
Thanks to this project, COOPI and the European Union aims at strengthening the resilience of East Jerusalem residents by fostering youth and women professional skills development and promoting a more dynamic sustainable market. This objective will be achieved through awareness activities aimed at increasing positive attitude towards VET, as well as the development of a more relevant and respondent to market supply/demand TVET sector and the strengthening of sustainable development of the local market thanks to the empowerment of local businesses, women and youth.
Issa Akel – COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale – Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – Tel: +972 54 906 8496
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