An intensive workshop for International Best Practices on Gender and Disability inclusive Vet and drafting recommendations, took place at the Business Entrepreneurship Skill Technology Centre (BEST) in the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).
It was organised by the Technical Vocational Educational Training (TVET), GIZ and European Union (EU) in collaboration with the ACCI’s BEST Centre.
The mobile training which was launched in 2016 is an initiative to expand the reach of training programs to those who need it the most particularly groups in remote rural regions with little access to education and vocational training.
The organisers, emphasised that as training takes place within the community, it makes it easier for girls, women and disadvantaged groups to participate.
The workshop training’s objectives is to create a common understanding of what gender and disability inclusive Technical vocational Educational Training (TVET) is among staffs of ACCI’s BEST Centre and private partners and to elaborate policy and advocacy oriented recommendations relating to gender and disability inclusion in Nigeria.
BEST Centre Provost, Professor Adesoji Adesugba in his keynote address urged participants to take the training very seriously, put in their best as it would go a long way in the improvement of gender and disability in accessing Technical Educational Vocational Training (TVET).
Nadege Riche an International Disability and Diversity Consultant and Aisha Lawal Ahmed, Gender and Business Development Specialist who were the facilitators of the workshop divided all the participants into four groups each with 7-8 people and further gave them a country focus and topics relating to the theme of the workshop to dialogue and digest on with the purpose of them coming up with recommendations and solutions which would enhance best practices on gender and disability vet.
Three sessions were aimed at with objectives which are: Presentation and discussion of international best practices on gender inclusive vet with the objective of understanding the needs of women and girls in accessing vet; presentation and discussion of international best practices on disability inclusive vet with objective of understanding the needs of girl’s, boy’s, women and men with disabilities in accessing vet and drafting recommendations on gender and inclusive vet in Nigeria with objectives of discussing way forward to improve gender and disabilities in accessing vet.
The Director General of ACCI, Mrs Tonia Shoyele who was also a participant in the workshop stated that people with disabilities should not be seen from a sorry perspective but from other angles as people are who have skills and capacity even in the state of disability.
Amongst the recommendations and solutions, the Director of BEST Centre, Mrs Victoria Akai said creating an app that would be more vocal than visual for the sake of the blind would assist in carrying them along.
The workshop training was concluded with profound recommendations and solutions which would yield to best practices for gender and disability with TVET inclusive.