The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has launched an education toolkit aimed at incorporating tourism as a subject in high schools worldwide.
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili advocated for the inclusion of tourism as a subject in schools and the establishment of more tourism academies and universities globally during the Global Education Forum at the 25th General Assembly of UNWTO.
Pololikashvili emphasized the importance of providing training and support to current and future tourism workers, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet evolving employer demands and create a resilient and competitive tourism sector.
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Key Pointers of this UNWTO New Toolkit:-
The introduction of tourism as a subject in high schools underscores the growing significance of the tourism sector as a driver of economic and social development. Collaboration with Ministries of Tourism is crucial for its successful implementation.
The education toolkit includes modules designed for Ministries of Education, parents, school directors, and teachers, recognizing the need for robust support and empowerment in this endeavor.
The toolkit was officially launched by Kunal Vasudeva, co-founder and managing director of the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) during the event.
Importance of Innovative Educational Programs:
In a sector characterized by constant transformation, innovative educational programs are vital for sustainable progress and nurturing the next generation of hospitality leaders.
- Global Approach to Hospitality Education: There is a call for a global approach to hospitality education, and a UNWTO-backed accreditation could become the gold standard for such education.
- Foundation for Necessary Skills: Introducing tourism education and training at an early stage in high schools lays the foundation for developing the essential skills and knowledge required for careers in the tourism sector.
- Role of Ministries of Tourism: The successful implementation of the toolkit will rely on the leadership of the Ministries of Tourism of UNWTO member states, including articulating a compelling vision for introducing tourism into high schools and actively engaging all relevant stakeholders.