The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) in cooperation with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training, (CTVET), Nepal, held an In-Country Program on Developing Monitoring and Evaluation tools for TVET System at the Training Institute for Technical Instruction (TITI) in Bhaktapur, Nepal from March 9-13, 2015. The program involved the participation of 22 administrators and trainers from the different colleges across the country.
The economic system of Nepal has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last decade, with its demographic advantage of a growing number of youth, in comparison with the aging societies in most of the more advanced countries in the region. The country currently stands at a development crossroads as it is faced with the need to balance the goal of becoming generally competitive and at the same time achieving comprehensive development. In spite of remarkable growth in the recent past, a growing body of evidence also points to serious concerns, which include growing incidences of youth unemployment and quality of TVET related issues that require urgent action to help the Nepal to sustain its progress and make significant achievements.
The In-Country Program was conceived in order to develop practical skills of the participants in coming up with a Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) tools designed for specific TVET programs. The M & E scheme shall incorporate the principles of quality management, specifically in the utilization of appropriate tools and techniques, the formulation of performance indicators and the actual implementation of activities for monitoring and evaluation.
At the end of the one-week program, the participants were expected to: (1) appreciate the concepts and processes of monitoring and evaluation in TVET systems; (2) explain and evaluate tools and techniques which are applicable in M & E activities; (3) design a suitable monitoring and evaluation tools, incorporating feedback mechanisms, for relevant TVET programs and (4) prepare an action plan for integrating monitoring and evaluation of TVET system.
The program also involved updated methodologies in teaching such as the Blended Learning method which included a face to face (F2F) interaction and other special lectures such as video presentations and an interactive OnCOURSE. Case study and experience sharing exercises were also conducted to encourage the participants to deepen their understanding on the concepts and share field experiences and lessons. Group tasks and discussions, study visits, field studies and action plan writing activities were also held to ensure the effective transfer of knowledge from the resource persons to the participants.
Dr. Rajesh receives tokens from the CTEVT officials
CTVET’s Technical Division and Consortium of College’s Education Foundation Coordinator Prof. Dr. Pramod Shrestha was invited to impart a local knowledge on M&E tools and strategies to the participants. Dr. Lokendra Poudyal, Chairperson of Contemporary Development Center tackled the applicability of the Labor Information Management Systems (LIMS) in TVET as Resource Person as well.
Overall program supervision was under the helm of Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General together with CTEVT's Vice Chairperson Dr. Gopal Prasad Khanal and Member Secretary Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane. Program arrangement and design was handled by Dr. Rajesh Khambayat, former Faculty Consultant of CPSC and the Head of the Department of Education & Research of the National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training & Research in Bhopal, India. Local coordination and management was executed through the efforts of Mr. Pushpa Raman Wagle, Director of the Technical Division, CTVET and Ir. Mohan Bahadur Karki, Dy. Ms. Aba Bernadine Lim, CPSC Staff, provided support in the conduct of the program.
CTEVT's Member of National Planning Commission Dr. Yagu Bahudur Karki was the guest of honor in the opening ceremony. He cited the challenges that Nepal faces in the future and the potential of an educated, multi-skilled workforce in changing the economic landscape of the country.
Another highlight of the program was the National Seminar on Skilling Youth for Employability: Challenges and Perspective which was held in the same venue on March 12, 2015. The event was attended by 63 administrators and staff from TITI and CTVET.
The seminar served as a platform for academicians and practitioners to exchange ideas and experiences to provide an insight on addressing global concerns on addressing poverty and unemployment of TVET graduates in the region. The seminar provided a timely opportunity for participants to share knowledge and experiences on the educational and training dimension of enhancing employability skills in TVET and discussed policy tools coordinating mechanisms and the scope of national educational and training strategies to deal with them.
The National Seminar was inaugurated by Dr. Bishwo Prakash Pandit, Education Secretary of CTVET. In his opening remarks, he expressed his wholehearted support on the efforts of both CTEVT and CPSC in conducting a program relevant to the needs of the country. The roster of speakers included Prof. (Dr.) Rajesh P. Khambayat, Prof. Dr. Tanka Nath Sharma, Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane, Dr. Bhawan Shanker Subedi, and Prof. Dr. Krishna Prasad Paudel. The speakers tackled different issues on youth employability and provided insights about the successful diffusion of skills for employability mechanism within the TVET system.