The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will host a symposium entitled ‘Recognising Green Skills in Non-formal Learning Settings: A comparative study in Asia’ on 30 and 31 August 2016 at its premises in Hamburg. The Symposium is being jointly organised by UIL and the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). As a follow-up to the previous symposium, the event aims to highlight the importance of recognising green skills in settings of non-formal and informal learning, based on a comparative study of eight countries and one territory in Asia (China, India, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Hong Kong SAR China). The symposium will also look at developing and piloting a model for governments to include green skills in their recognition, validation, and accreditation (RVA) frameworks.
Green skills refer to know-how which is needed to manage changing environmental requirements and contribute to environmental and sustainable development. Recognition of such skills, especially in workplace learning, is a critical factor in accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As the comparative study will be published in 2017, the symposium will also discuss how well the publication is likely to address the requirements of academics, educational managers, RVA and green skills practitioners, policy makers and industries.