The Millennium Challenge Account – Georgia organized a roundtable
meeting with technical and vocational training providers funded under the Industry-Led
Skills and Workforce Development Project (ISWD) to discuss gender and social
equity in vocational education programs.
The roundtable meeting focused on the business examples of integrating gender and social aspects into vocational education by the TVET providers, who received grant funding to develop industry-led vocational education programs. Their approaches are ranging from encouraging women’s participation in the traditionally non-female occupations to gender equal recruitment. TVET institutions shared their practices of gender equality and social inclusion reflected in the representation of women and socially disadvantaged among students and faculty, accessibility of learning environment, unbiased instruction and non-stereotypical attitudes and learning materials.
Magda Magradze, CEO of Millennium Challenge Account – Georgia, Jenner Edelman, Resident Country Director of Millennium Challenge Corporation and the representatives of universities and colleges that are offering vocational programs took part in the roundtable discussion.
"Gender and Social equality is a crosscutting priority for Millennium Challenge Account. We pay a lot of attention to those strategies and approaches that are used by TVET Providers that receive funding from us. Today, we discussed how gender and social aspects are integrated in new vocational programs that have been developing through our projects. In total, Millennium Challenge Account invested 12 million USD in ten vocational education providers, who have already started offering new TVET programs in 2017-2018”, - Magda Magradze commented.