ILO’s Know About Business programme conducts ground-breaking activities across Arab States region

Entrepreneurship education promoted in the Arab Region through a number of capacity building workshops targeting technical and vocational education teachers using the ILO Know About Business Programme (KAB).

Article | 24 July 2017

KAB Training of Facilitators (TOF) in Erbil, Kurdistan Region: August 27-September 8, 2016

Under the framework of the ILO/UNFPA project, and at the request of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA), a KAB/TOF workshop was conducted in Erbil-Kurdistan.
The twelve-day training took place from August 27th till September 8th, 2016, with the aim of introducing the KAB curriculum to Kurdish Vocational Training Center (VTC) teachers. The workshop was facilitated by two certified KAB Key Facilitators, namely Mr. Wael Ghosn and Ms. Rania Bikhazi.

Twenty participants (six women and fourteen men) attended the TOF. They each presented a micro teaching session from the KAB package, and were evaluated based on their performance. Nine already certified KAB National Key Facilitators (NKFs) from MOLSA were invited to participate in the workshop for two days, to refresh their content knowledge and training techniques.

Upon completion of the training, nineteen KAB facilitators were ready to deliver the KAB in their classrooms. To ensure that teachers are delivering according to the programme standards and requirements, monitoring and evaluation visits to the training centers will need to be undertaken by the NKFs. Subject to the availability of funds (as the project closed), a refresher workshop is expected to be conducted as soon as the facilitators complete the delivery of the first four modules.

KAB Refresher Training of Facilitators Workshop (RTOF) in Ramallah: September 24-29, 2016

Under the framework of the ILO KAB project with the Palestine for Development Foundation (PsDF), a KAB refresher workshop, which targeted twenty-five previously trained teachers of technical colleges, took place from 24 to 29 September 2016, in Ramallah. The refresher workshop was facilitated by Ms. Rania Bikhazi, KAB International Key Facilitator (IKF) and Mr. Samih Jaber, KAB Regional Key Facilitator (RKF).

The six-day refresher workshop was attended by twenty-five teachers (twelve women and thirteen men) who had previously attended a KAB training in 2012. During the training workshop, they shared experiences and presented challenges faced and lessons learned from the implementation of the programme. Each participant was assigned a topic to present in a micro teaching session, with a special focus on the new modules added to the package and on the ones related to finance and accounting.

KAB Training of Facilitators (TOF) in Ramallah and Hebron: January 14-26, 2017

Under the framework of the ILO/KAB project with the Palestine for Development Foundation (PsDF), and in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE), two twelve-day KAB TOFs were conducted from 14 to 26 January 2017; one in Ramallah and another in Hebron.

The workshop that took place in Ramallah was facilitated by Mr. Ahmad Samhan from MoEHE and Mr. Abdullah El Silawi from the Ministry of Labour (MoL), both KAB National Key Facilitators (NKFs) from Palestine. The workshop that took place in Hebron was facilitated by Mr. Samih Jaber KAB Regional Key Facilitator (RKF), and Mr. Mohammad Awad KAB National Key Facilitator (NKF).

Twenty-eight participants (nine women and nineteen men) and twenty-two participants (seven women and fifteen men) attended the twelve-day workshops in Ramallah and Hebron, respectively. They all presented micro teaching sessions, on which they were evaluated. Working in groups, participants prepared business plans using the KAB template available in the package to ensure a thorough understanding of its content. Teachers were given the latest KAB Arabic version together with the Games Guide and the Business Game. An electronic version of the package was also provided on a flash drive to each participant.

Trainers recommended that the NKFs under the MoEHE conduct monitoring and evaluation visits to ensure proper implementation of the KAB in the classrooms. Once the teachers complete the delivery of the first four modules of the programme, two refresher workshops are expected to take place.

KAB Training of Facilitators (TOF) in Amman: January 28-February 9, 2017

Under the framework of the ILO/KAB project with the Business Development Centre (BDC) in Jordan, a KAB/TOF workshop, facilitated by the KAB Regional Key Facilitator (RKF), Mr. Wael Ghosn, was conducted from 28 January to 9 February 2017 in Amman.

The twelve-day workshop was attended by twenty-two participants (thirteen women and nine men), out of which three were potential KAB supervisors from the MoE. During the workshop, participants presented two micro teaching sessions each, to ensure proper understanding of the content and to enable them to practice the newly acquired teaching techniques.

Upon successful completion of the training, twenty-one participants were ready to deliver KAB to their students. A refresher workshop is expected to take place when facilitators complete the delivery of KAB’s first four modules.

KAB Training of Facilitators (TOF) in Gaza: January 28-February 9, 2017

Under the framework of the ILO/KAB project with the Palestine for Development Foundation (PsDF), and in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE), a KAB TOF workshop took place in Gaza from January 28th to February 9th 2017.

The twelve-day workshop, facilitated by the KAB Regional Key Facilitator (RKF), Mr. Samih Jaber, and the National Key Facilitator (NKF), Mr. Abdallah El Silawi, was attended by twenty-nine participants (ten women and nineteen men).

Throughout the workshop, the facilitators conducted different games and used various teaching aids and training techniques. Each participant was provided with the latest KAB Arabic version in hard and electronic versions together with the Games Guide and Business Game. A meeting with representatives from different institutions was also conducted to agree on the implementation plan of the KAB programme.

At the end of the workshop, all participants were found ready to deliver the programme. Facilitators stressed on the importance of conducting the two ILO follow-up refresher workshops as well as monitoring and evaluation visits (to be undertaken by supervisors from the Ministry).