Closing address at the STEM in TVET Summit

By Mr Khalid Hassan, Director, ILO Country Office for the Philippines at the at the STEM in TVET Summit, 26 January 2024, Manila, Philippines

Statement | Manila, Philippines | 26 January 2024
  • Chancellor Vistan, Dr Monterola, faculty and officials of the University of the Philippines
  • Deputy Director-General Urdaneta, Executive Director Bunggallon and TESDA officials,
  • DepEd teachers, TESDA trainers here and joining online,
  • ILO colleagues,
  • Partners and guests,
  • Ladies and gentlemen, magandang hapon (good afternoon)!
I am honoured to join this first Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Technical Vocational Education or STEM in TVET summit with the University of the Philippines (UP).

We are grateful to partner with UP and TESDA, in promoting STEM in TVET. This was made possible with J.P. Morgan’s support through the ILO’s Women in STEM Workforce Readiness and Development Programme.

In 2020, we started to integrate STEM competencies in technical vocational curriculum. Together with Dr Sheryl and the innovative TESDA team led by Director Bunggallon, we designed competency-based learning materials and enhanced the capacity of TESDA trainers and DEPED teachers.

Let me congratulate our trainers from TESDA, state universities and colleges as pioneer STEM in TVET trainers. We had more trainers last year when the UK Skills for Prosperity Programme introduced the learner-centred TVET, community-based demand driven integration in Samar and Aklan.

I previously worked in education in Pakistan and trained teachers on child labour in Africa. Working with teachers has always been close to my heart.

It brings me great joy to see and meet all the teachers and find how such initiative has expanded since the pandemic. Through this, we open STEM opportunities in your schools and at the university on technologies like 3D printing, Generative AI and App development.

This learning comes at an opportune time while globalization, technological, demographic and climate change, including crises like COVID-19 cause disruptions in education, training and employment.

We must invest in skills development and lifelong learning as societies, economies and jobs evolve. Core skills must be promoted for successful transitions to and within the labour market.

STEM skills help learners stay agile and competitive in the workplace, especially in TVET institutions and schools. Education and training should adapt to new skills.

The Decent Work Country Programme highlights responsive TVET to enable people to adapt to the rapidly changing demands of the future of work.

We believe that the knowledge you learned and the skills you gained will lead to training innovations for your schools and institutions.

Together we can provide inclusive access to high quality skills development and lifelong learning to promote decent work, advance social justice and leave no one behind.

Maraming salamat po (Thank you very much).