Skill Training for Women and Girls the Focus of ADB Seminar

BEIJING, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – Keeping girls in school and improving their access to technical and vocational training is the focus of a three-day regional seminar being hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Education officials and advocates from 13 Asia-Pacific countries will share ways to increase girls’ access to quality secondary and technical vocational education and training (TVET) that can improve their chances at securing better jobs and incomes.

“Getting more women and girls into secondary school and TVET programs can help meet the region’s rapidly changing labor market needs, as well as help women access better paying jobs in economies focused on knowledge and technology,” said Shireen Lateef, ADB’s senior gender advisor.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for meeting Asia’s aspirations of inclusive and sustainable development. The United Nations estimates that the region loses more than $40 billion per year as a result of gender gaps in education and women’s limited access to employment opportunities.

Over the past four decades, ADB has provided $8.2 billion to its developing member countries to increase access to education; improve quality; strengthen management; mobilize resources; strengthen partnerships; and apply new and innovative technologies. ADB supports stipends, scholarships, apprenticeships, and dormitories for girls in order to help them complete their secondary school educations and participate in TVET and skills development.