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Dialogue session on Technical and Vocational Education and Training: A Strategy for the Economic Empowerment of Women

11.06.2023 / Created by WS

The Association of University Graduates organized a dialogue session as part of the activities of the “Women Deserve” project, in partnership with the Palestinian Working Women Association for Development and through the FemPawer program. “Vocational and technical education and training is a strategy for the economic empowerment of women” said Mrs. Wadad Sourani - Director General of the Association welcomed the audience, which brought together Mr. Ahmed Al-Najjar - Deputy Director General of Vocational Training Centers, Eng. Rebhi Odeh, Director of the Guidance and Counseling Department of the Ministry of Labor, and Mr. Ahmed Sawan - Coordinator of Professional Diploma Programs at the University College of Applied Sciences and Thala Among the university graduates, explaining that the association works to empower female graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to access decent job opportunities, which are almost non-existent in light of the accumulation of graduates annually and increasing unemployment rates, and indicated that the association seeks to direct female graduates to think outside the box and possess skills that enhance their chances in the labor market. She stressed the importance of the participation of women in the vocational and technical education sector and the need to develop programs that aim to create new and non-traditional specializations in the vocational field that are compatible with the requirements of the labor market. The session discussed the concept of vocational and technical training, the vocational specializations available in the Gaza Strip for young women, their enrollment rate, as well as the obstacles facing women to enroll in the field of education and vocational training, as well as the institutions that provide education and vocational training services. The session came out with recommendations, including: increasing the level of awareness of society as a whole of the importance of vocational and technical education and training in general and targeting females in particular as a tool for development, the need to adopt incentive policies for women to enter the field of education and vocational training, developing vocational programs that are attractive to women and are compatible with market needs, and uniting the efforts of the bodies that manage the technical and vocational education and training sector in the Gaza Strip, whether public and private sector institutions, civil society institutions, and related institutions, to develop the education and vocational training sector system in the Gaza Strip.


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