HONDURAS - Strengthening Vocational Training in the Tourism Sector

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In mid-October the CIEP carried out a new mission in Honduras as part of the project “Support for non-university technical training in the tourism sector”.

Funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) within the framework of the debt reduction and development contract, this project is supported by the French Embassy in Honduras. It is part of the actions undertaken by the Honduran government to promote tourism, considered as one of the six priority sectors in the country’s socioeconomic development. 

Carried out by the CIEP on behalf of the Honduran Ministry of Education (SEDUC), the 36-month project offers project management assistance, the main objective of which is the development of a public policy for technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

The project, whose main focus is to consolidate the Honduran Ministry of Education (SEDUC) institutionally in order to support it in the institutional modernization of TVET, has three aspects:

  • steering the system, a framework of standards, and building the capacity of those involved in the development, the implementation and the evaluation of processes of change;
  • the improvement of non-university technical training courses in the tourism sector and how they link up with the wider economy;
  • the modernization of three pilot training establishments located in San Pedro Sula, the economic capital of the country, and Tela, a seaside town on the country’s Caribbean coast. 

The CIEP’s mission in October, carried out with an expert from the hotel industry college in Strasbourg and another from the Toulouse higher institution for teaching and education (École supérieure du professorat et de l’éducation, ESPE), forms part of the ongoing preparatory phase (April / October 2017). The aim of this phase is to present to the Honduran Ministry of Education the two pre-diagnostic reports prepared by the CIEP following its two previous missions (Tegucigalpa, June 2017 and San Pedro Sula and Tela, July 2017). This joint action should lead to a diagnosis and a work plan reflecting the strategic and operational options adopted at the end of the mission.