TVET in the Bhutanese Education System

“The wealth of educational experience acquired from AAF and QUT could help us bring multidimensional impact [in] policy… capacity building… and financial assistance.”

Attending the Australia Awards Fellowship (AAF): Developing Curriculum for Implementation of VET In-School Program Framework at QUT in 2017 was a real boon as it has helped us upscale and deepen Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Bhutan. The wealth of educational experience acquired from AAF and QUT could help us bring multidimensional impact in

  1. Policy

We could bring about impactful change in developing TVET pathways in the mainstream and Deaf education system. Our education system inclined more towards academic could be improved with an alternative TVET pathway, thereby offering the choice of subjects as per the interest and potential of the students, besides building a better image of TVET. The strategic organisation of learning with the inclusion of TVET curriculum as vocational clubs, Pre-Vocational Orientation Program and subjects of specialisation in various levels of schools provide a proper progression of learning. The competency-based curriculum framework which captures all these pertinent points is endorsed by the curriculum board for implementation.

2. Capacity building

With the financial assistance of the Asian Development Bank, the instructors that teach TVET subjects which are offered in seven schools and Institute for the Deaf are trained, besides providing infrastructure and other required resources.

3. Financial assistance

The proposal to strengthen TVET could be materialised with the grant of the Asian Development Bank. With the initial set up of infrastructure and provision of human and material resources, the government has committed to continue the program. Thus, the AAF could indeed enable us to think out of the box and strategise TVET as an alternative pathway to education. This has not only helped us to materialise the dreams of empowering our youths but also to address unemployment problems caused due to lack of skills. It can now be an example even to other countries.

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