Climate change and environmental degradation are currently threatening the very existence of Europe and the world. In particular, climate change is a “crisis multiplier” that has profound implications for international peace and stability. If we continue on our current path, we are going to face the disastrous consequences, meaning the collapse of everything that gives us safety and security.
Thus, the time to act is NOW!
In this context, now more than ever, VET education has a responsibility to foster the correct type of skills, attitudes, and behavior that will lead to sustainable and inclusive growth. More specifically, the global imperatives of addressing the challenges posed by climate change, and the need for sustainable development, increasing human well-being, and protecting the planet from ecological destruction have profound implications for education. This was addressed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015. Hence, we must fundamentally change the way we think about education and its important role in global development and the accomplishment of sustainable goals.
After all, the global urgency for climate change mitigation has resulted in the need for a labor force with the skill sets necessary for establishing and sustaining new environmental industries, services, and practices. This emerging labor market requires vocational education and training systems and skills development programs to respond. The transformation needed for a cleaner, greener planet requires integrative, innovative, and creative thinking, cultivated jointly by the VET sector, governments, civil society organizations, and companies. This collaboration calls for VET education that goes beyond knowledge transfer and desirable behaviors by focusing on multiple perspectives – economic, ecological, environmental, and sociocultural – and developing empowered, critical, mindful, and competent citizens.
The specific hours of the conference will be announced along with the detailed programme in the coming days.
Stay tuned for more details!
President of EVBB, Chairman of the Board – IB
Thiemo Fojkar’s career began at Bundeswehr University in Munich, where he graduated with a degree in education. In 1988 he became managing director of the Bildungswerk der Baden-Württembergischen Wirtschaft, which is an educational institute for Baden-Württemberg´s economy.
Thiemo Fojkar started his career at Internationaler Bund in 2009 as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2013 he was appointed CEO. His tasks here are the political representation of the entire IB Group, the strategic orientation of the company, corporate organization, quality management, corporate communications and other fields of activity.
In addition to his full-time work, Thiemo Fojkar works in several honorary functions as an official. He acts as chairman of the Federal Association of Vocational Training Providers (BBB). He is also a member of the Presidium of Europa-Union Germany (EUD) and a board member of the European Movement Germany (EBD). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the German Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, where he is responsible for education.
These prices are valid until 14 October – for the early birds!
From 15 October prices will be plus 10%.
So, make sure that you will register in time!
Please keep in mind that the above prices (regarding the accommodation) are for check-in on the 20th of October & check-out 22nd of October, and are all-inclusive (accommodation, food, transportation within Athens).
If you wish to extend your stay, please let us know, as we have arranged a special price for you at the hotel!
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