Major achievements and plans were discussed at the Third Project Steering Committee meeting

UNESCO Office in Tashkent has conducted the Third Project Steering Committee meeting in the framework of “Skills Development for Employability in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan” Project funded by the European Union. High-level officials from the Ministries of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education, Agriculture, Water resources, Employment and Labor Relations, and the State Inspection for Supervision of Quality in Education, as well as Representative from UNESCO Headquarter office, Representatives from the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the project stakeholders participated at the event. The Committee reviewed the project progress and achievements in the first half of 2022 as well as the remaining work plan activities for 2022.

In her welcoming speech Ms. Sadokat Siddikova, Deputy Minister of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education and the Chairperson of the Project Steering Committee said that: “We appreciate the contribution of the project to the development of Technical Vocational Education and Training in Uzbekistan. Recent Presidential Decree “On measures to improve the management system of the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education” highlighted the importance of this topic. The Department of Coordination of Vocational Education Institutions was established and we look forward to a fruitful cooperation. On behalf of the Ministry we would like to show our gratitude to all our partners participating at this meeting”.

UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan a.i. Mr. Alexandros Makarigakis informed participants that TVET strategy was recently completed and shared with Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education. A draft Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Quality Framework was developed, which will provide the foundation for establishing a National Quality Assurance Framework. Additionally, the project is supporting the operationalization of the Sector Skills Councils in Agriculture and Irrigation sectors and has developed Draft Occupational Maps for the two sectors, in close cooperation with the Institute of Labor Market Research. The development of National Occupational Standards will rely on these maps and is expected to be finalized by the end of 2022. A preliminary infrastructure assessment of the identified pilot colleges in Karakalpakstan Republic, Khorezm, Bukhara, and Surkhandarya regions was done and works are projected to start within the year, when tenders will be prepared. Lastly, together with partner institutions, the project initiated the updating of the curricula and identification of the necessary equipment leading to be procured at a later stage.

Mr. Francois Begeot, Head of Cooperation Section of the European Union Delegation to Uzbekistan expressed his satisfaction with project progress and highlighted that: “This project is strategic for the European Union, since the aim is to train new generation with appropriate skills in agriculture and irrigation sector. That should positively influence on the welfare of population in rural areas and help young people entering the job market”.