VET during the Pandemic: Achievements and Challenges

VET during the Pandemic: Achievements and Challenges

Vocational schools and their teaching staff faced many challenges during the pandemic to adapt to distance learning conditions. But how is the teaching process currently carried out in vocational education? How can we design innovative curricula in this “new normality”?

To answer these questions and to discuss findings of the “Evaluation of the Teaching Process in Vocational Schools in Albania, 2020-2021” study, conducted by the National Agency for Education, Vocational Training and Qualifications in cooperation with S4J, in November we organized an activity with representatives from VET institutions, local and international teaching experts, staff of vocational schools in the country and company representatives.

Prof. em. Dr. Urs Gröhbiel, Director of the Swiss Network for Education Innovation, presented the lessons learned and international achievements in this regard, while Ms. Migena Kapllanaj, expert at Skills for Jobs, presented a summary of the study findings and recommendations for improvement.

Among other things, the discussion in the panel and with the teachers focused on:

• The readiness educational institutions showed in integrating new distance learning methods and future premises.

• Fast preparation of digital materials and use of online platforms.

• The positive approach of teachers during new digital and technological solutions, as well as the benefits of their technical training.

• Partnerships that were built with many private entities, as a very important element of students’ professional development.

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