Know about Business Training of Trainers

This initiative is part of the EU- funded Tackling Child Labour through Education (TACKLE) project implemented by the ILO’s International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour, which strengthens formal education and training interventions aimed at preventing children from dropping out of school and entering into child labour.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) Know About Business (KAB) curriculum is designed to be used with students in secondary schools, vocational-technical institutes, and higher education institutions. The overall purpose of the course is to develop entrepreneurial skills in young people and to prepare them to start a business or to work productively in small or medium-size enterprises. The KAB curriculum is an overview of both (a) entrepreneurial attitudes needed to be successful as an individual, in a family, in the community, as an employee and as a business owner, and (b) the skills needed to start a business.

The curriculum is designed to be delivered by trainers or instructors who possess a diploma or higher-level education and who have some technical skills but may have little or no business or enterprise experience. Instructors must attend a Training of Facilitators course organized and conducted by the ILO or an approved institution.

The Fiji Ministry of Education proposed to implement a Pilot Phase of KAB in selected number of schools in Fiji earlier 2013. The pilot phase aims at developing a sustainability framework which will plan for the full implementation of KAB through the formal education curriculum. Teachers of selected schools and relevant staff of the Ministry of Education have been trained to become National KAB Facilitators. KAB resources and business skills training resources have been printed and made available to the schools and training institutions. In addition, the first pilot phase will be evaluated and lessons learnt shared with key partners to inform the design of the KAB implementations and sustainability framework.

The ultimate beneficiaries of KAB training are students in schools. The typical age group would be 15 to 17 year olds. It is anticipated that approximately 2500 students will enrol in the KAB curriculum for pilot phase. The Ministry of Education, teachers and students will be main stakeholders in the pilot project implementation. Once KAB is introduced in the national curriculum the final beneficiaries will be all students of secondary schools in Fiji.