Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training
Greeting from the new Director, ILO/Cinterfor
It is an honor to assume the directorship of Cinterfor. But it is also a great responsibility to lead Cinterfor at this challenging time.
The world has changed in many significant ways in the first semester of this year.
During 2019, we commemorated the ILO’s Centenary, born immediately after the First World War in 1919, in the midst of a crisis caused by this conflict, but also the economic and social consequences generated by the industrial revolution. Something unique was created, an organization with the mission of promoting social justice with the participation of governments, enterprises and workers integrated in a tripartite structure. It is an inspiration for those involved in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to recall that the ILO Constitution, in its second paragraph, already emphasized the role of training in its mandate.
Those founding principles that serve as a compass were reinforced 100 years later in the new ILO Declaration on the Future of Work (2019), which, once again, emphasizes the role of skills and lifelong learning in facilitating people's transitions in the labour market. In the same way, the report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work “Working for a brighter future” launched in February 2019 included as its first pillar increasing investment in people's skills.
The second century of the ILO finds us in the midst of another type of crisis. History repeats itself and the world continues to need the International Labour Organization to help find, through cooperation and tripartite dialogue, the way forward to achieve social justice and develop skills.
Like the ILO, Cinterfor was created (1963) from a need expressed by Latin American countries to have a tool that, through cooperation, would support training, reskilling and upskilling as well as ensure the quality and supply of TVET, which has such an essential contribution to make in achieving economic and social development objectives. Since its foundation, Cinterfor has worked to serve the TVET institutions and organizations that are members of its network, promoting and encouraging the spirit of generosity and cooperation that inspired its creation.
In the era of COVID-19 and the global pandemia, Cinterfor stands ready to serve its members.
Our cycle of COVID-19 activities and video-conferences has reinforced the fundamental importance of our network for information-sharing, exchanging good practices, and strengthening the design, development and delivery of training to build and strengthen capacities, including to meet the increasing demand for enhanced distance learning.
Anne Caroline Posthuma