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TVET Photo Exhibition at ACET 2015

A photo exhibition entitled “Put a New Face on Technical and Vocational Education and Training!” was launched by UNESCO Bangkok on the first day of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training (ACET) held from 3 - 5 August 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The exhibition was the culmination of a photo contest aimed at changing social perception of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) which is still widely regarded as a 'second-choice' for students with low academic performance. The exhibition displayed 30 photos chosen from among more than 160 submissions received from 19 countries from across the region.

The first-place winner, Mr. Romado Fermin Javillonar from the Philippines, was invited to the Conference and recognised by the Director of UNESCO Bangkok, Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim as well as the Deputy Minister of Education II of Malaysia, Kamalanathan s/o. P. Panchanathan. A laptop, the main prize of the competition, was awarded to the winner by Mr. Anshul Sonak, Regional Education Director of Intel.

The highlight of the ceremony was Mr. Javillonar’s presentation of his winning photograph which shows three female trainees learning to maintain power lines. The photograph reflects the theme of the contest by showing the changing face of a previously male-dominated occupation.

Mr. Prasanta Biswas, the second-place winner from India, turned his lens on two students performing microscopic analyses in their laboratory classroom of a Polytechnic College in West Bengal, India. In the third-place, Ms. Aditya Putra Pratama from Indonesia, photographed a female student working on a humanoid robot set to join the RoboCupSoccer 2015 in China.

All three winners of this photo competition were announced in conjunction with the first ever World Youth Skills Day on 15 July declared by the United Nations to raise public awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.

All shortlisted submissions can be viewed in the e-exhibition page on UNESCO Bangkok website.

For more information, please contact Cheol Hee Kim [] at the Education Policy and Reform Unit.

Written by Pundaree Boonkerd [p.boonkerd(at)]

Related Links:  

• TVET Photo E-exhibition

• TVET Photo Competition: Announcement of Results

• Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training

• Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training concludes with ‘Kuala Lumpur Declaration’

• World Youth Skills Day