“It will happen!” Workshop on the Presentation of Quality Assurance System ISO 29990 for the Centres of Competence in Palestine”
Ramallah, 22 January 2014
In cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education convened a workshop, 22 January 2014, in Ramallah Chamber of Commerce on “Quality Assurance System ISO 29990 for the Centres of Competence in Palestine”.
The workshop was attended by representatives of the two Ministries, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CCI), directors and heads of colleges, vocational schools and vocational training centers, as well as international cooperation partners of the Swiss Development Cooperation. It was the first time a workshop on Quality Assurance for TVET providers was hosted by the private sector. The workshop was chaired by the Director General of TVET in the Ministry of Labour, Mahmoud Njoum, and Mahmoud Saleh, the General Director TVET in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in presence of the SDC coordinator and representatives of GIZ Andreas Adrian. The international key experts, Mr. Peter Voelk, the CEO of TUV Thuringen Italia and Mr. Paul Knoblauch, Vice Director of the Aarau Vocational Training School in Switzerland, presented the main principles of the ISO 29990 Norm and gave examples of the implementation in the Aarau vocational school in Switzerland. A lively discussion on existing quality systems in the TVET sector and the need for improvement followed.
Taking the floor at the opening, Mahmoud Njoum, the General Director of TVET in the Ministry of Labour, has underlined the importance of the development and introduction of a quality assurance system for the Palestinian TVET institutions “by introducing a quality assurance system we will upgrade the entire educational system, improve the quality of the workforce and the public image of TVET and encourage students to enroll in vocational training.” All participants agreed that a quality assurance system is needed and realistic being implemented in the TVET institutions.
The 4 Centres of Competences that are currently developed will function as network of sector institutions and will be the driving force for strengthening the professional qualifications on a national level. Therefore it was decided to begin with them to start building up quality assurance systems.
“If we want to implement a quality management system we have to fill words with action. And we need headmasters and teachers that are on board and participate actively in the execution. But I am very optimistic that this will happen in Palestine”, Mr. Peter Voelk pointed out in his presentation. Further recommendations included the setting up of an overall body that controls the development and implementation.
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