International Development Week

International Development Week

International Development Week (IDW) is a national initiative that seeks to inspire Canadians, and youth in particular, to learn more about and contribute actively to global issues initiatives. For 27 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year, it will take place from February 5th-11th, 2017 and you are invited to be part of the celebration.

Bow Valley College has over 30 years of international development experience, covering many areas including Competency Based Education and Training (CBET), Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Management and Leadership Training and Education for Employment (EFE). Our projects have focused on entrepreneurship, prior learning assessment and recognition, curriculum review, design and development, employability skills, teacher training and development, and Workplace Essential Skills (WES).

Bow Valley College has or is currently working in Belize, Cameroon, China, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guyana, Jamaica, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.


Schedule for International Development Week 2017:

Monday - February 6th - 11:00am to 12:30pm - 2nd Floor South Campus

Bow Valley College around the World - Public Display

Please join the International Development Team in an interactive display highlighting BVC's projects around the world. 

Light Refreshments will be provided. 

Tuesday - February 7th - 12:30pm to 2:00pm - S2042

Lunch & Learn: Bow Valley College in Tanzania, and Mobility Opportunities for Students.

Bow Valley College is currently working with the Morogoro Vocational Teacher Training College in Tanzania to develop a post-graduate diploma in Teacher Training. Please join the International Development team on an interactive presentation highlighting project outcomes and activities.  

Additionally, Bow Valley College provides students, staff, and faculty with mobility opportunities to broaden their education and development overseas - either through internships, or practicums. 

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday – February 7th – 5:30pm to 7:30pm – South Campus

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) 2017 Top 30 Under 30 Magazine Launch – (By invitation only)

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s Top 30 Under 30 is dedicated to highlighting the extraordinary young people who are working towards a just and sustainable future for everyone. This year’s theme is "Transforming our world: How youth are working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals."

The launch of this magazine will showcase the work of 30 outstanding youth engaged in Alberta and around the world through a shared passion and commitment to sustainable international cooperation and community development.

Tuesday and Wednesday - February 7th and 8th - All Day

The UNEVOC Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Workshop aims to empower technical and vocational education and training experts in Canada to contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promote collaboration in the region. Educational leaders from Western Canada will participate in this two-day workshop, hosted by Bow Valley College.  

Thursday - February 9th - 12:30pm to 1:30pm - S2042

Lunch & Learn: UNESCO-UNEVOC with Special Guest Jens Liebe.

Please join Jens Liebe, Senior Programme Expert at UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for TVET in Bonn, Germany for an interactive presentation on the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, and its network of institutes. This presentation will also provide participants with an understanding of the latest developments in TVET strategy.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday – February 9th – 2:30pm to 4:00pm – N124 (Lecture Theater)  

Presentation: Her Excellency Rev. Dr. Princess Ocansey – Social Climate Justice

Princess Ocansey is a member of the Ocansey Royal Family of Ada, Ghana. She is a philanthropist and business woman who was fostered numerous initiatives including HIV/AIDS awareness, Ebola eradication and economic development. Her initiative GHANADA (Ghana Canada) promotes peace and unity between the two countries. She works at the highest levels of the United Nations, African grassroots communities, dignitaries, celebrities, donors, universities, and with First Ladies from around the world  

As a member of the Justice Action Mobilization Network (JAMN) Steering Committee, Princess Ocansey is organizing in Ghana, throughout Africa, and the world to warn the industrialized world about the urgent need to move rapidly towards 100 percent clean and renewable energy to avoid drought, famine, and political instability in Africa.

Please join Princess Ocansey’s presentation on social climate justice, and her efforts in advocating for the creation of millions of green jobs in Africa, and moving rapidly towards 100 percent clean and renewable energy.


If you require any further information, please contact Felipe Ferreira at