About QESP-I

Provision of Technical Assistance to the Government of Tajikistan in support to improved quality of education in the areas of secondary education and Initial Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

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          The Quality Education Support Programme I (QESP I) is financed under the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) of the European Union as a part of its Multi-Annual Indicative (MIP) Programme, planned for Tajikistan for the period 2014 – 2020, pursuing the following objectives in the sector of education:           Overall Objective: To assist Tajikistan in its efforts to improve the quality of secondary education and vocational education and training and re-establish the nexus with the labour market. Specific Objectives:

  1. To strengthen planning and budgeting processes and financial management capacities within

Ministries responsible for secondary education and VET.

  1. To improve quality and relevance of secondary education and VET, leading to a more effective school to work transition for school and VET graduates.

For each specific objective the main results are expected to be:

  • Strengthened capacity of the specific Ministries in strategic decision-making, planning and financial management
  • A modernized competency-based curriculum, a strengthened teacher education and improved training system for basic secondary education and VET; that are gender-sensitive, integrated with life skills education and promote inclusive education.

          The overarching objective of the EU intervention in the education sector in Tajikistan is to contribute to the development of a modern education system, able to prepare informed, qualified and ready for the “world of work” citizens. The specific objective of the programme is to support efficient and effective education service delivery at secondary and initial TVET levels in order to improve learning outcomes.

          This is the first phase of EU support in education sector in Tajikistan, which is aiming to build a platform of partnership, dialogue and understanding in the sector in preparation for a scaling up the implementation of the policy reform supported through subsequent phases.

          The Quality Education Support Programme I is designed with the aim of addressing selected national priorities from the National Strategy for Education Development (NSED) of the Republic of Tajikistan till 2020 and the Mid-Term Action Plans for its implementation.  The NSED is a policy document guiding the education sector development to 2020, which is approved by the Government of Tajikistan in July 2012. Its main goal is to create the conditions to ensure universal access to relevant and quality education. Acknowledging all the existing challenges in the education sector, the NSED sets out three objectives:

  • to modernize education content
  • to re-structure the education system
  • to improve access to quality education

          The purpose of implementing the QESP I is to support efficient and effective education service delivery at secondary education and Initial Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) levels in order to improve learning outcomes.

          The Programme aims at supporting the development of a continuous professional development system for secondary education and initial TVET serving teachers and trainers, at supporting the development of a National Learning Assessment System for general education and at strengthening planning, budgeting and monitoring (PBM) process within the education sector.

           Overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to the development of a modern education system, able to prepare informed and qualified citizens who are ready for the “world of work” and who can contribute to greater political stability, economic prosperity and social well-being in Tajikistan.

          Specific objective of the Programme is to improve learning outcomes at secondary and initial TVET level through more efficient and effective delivery of education and training services.

The Programme has four expected results:

      Result 1: A modern, viable and competence based teachers’ CPD system, better responding to teachers’ needs and built on successful national and regional experiences is developed and piloted for secondary school teachers in selected regions.

      Result 2: A modern and viable TVET teachers’ CPD system, better responding to teachers’ and

Lyceums managers’ individual needs and built on successful national and regional good practices is developed, piloted and embedded

      Result 3: A National Learning Assessment System properly developed and implemented, in line with agreed quality standards and targeting selected educational stages, by the National Testing Centre.

      Result 4: A strengthened planning, budgeting and monitoring (PBM) process that results in a more equitable and efficient distribution of resources and is informed by improved monitoring of NSED implementation.

Implementation of QESP I is carrying-out through realisation of two projects:

  • Lot 1 – “Technical Assistance to the Ministry of education and science in the areas of In-Service Teacher Training, Learning Assessment, Planning, Budgeting and Monitoring, and Curriculum Development”, and
  • Lot 2 – “Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of Population in the area of in-service teacher training for the initial TVET system”.

A well-functioning TVET system is one of the key factors to support economic growth in Tajikistan and reduce poverty. The Lot2 under the QESP I is providing a technical assistance to support the development of a modern and viable TVET teachers’ Continuous Professional Development (CPD) system that better responds to teachers’ and school managers’ individual needs, built on available successful national and regional good practices, and corresponding to the needs of the labour market. The Project is seeking strong local ownership through extensive institutional capacity and human resources development of core staff of selected IVET institutions and governance structures, ministries and local stakeholders for all result areas through a participative approach. The project interventions are targeted to strengthening of capacity of the Ministry of Labour Migration and Employment (MoLME) and the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES), and their subordinated structures with responsibilities in implementing the state policy in IVET sub-sector. Particular attention is given to building of sustainable mechanisms of partnership with businesses associations and private sector employers. The project will support piloting across the various result areas, and will embed successful project experiences into regular practice in the TVET system in Tajikistan. The project is implemented in close cooperation with other on-going donors’ activities in VET sector in Tajikistan.