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)
The overall objective of the project 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.
The purpose of this project is to support the development of a modern and viable Continuous Professional Development (CPD) system for TVET teachers of practical subjects’, which better responds to teachers’ needs and builds on successful national and regional experiences.
The project implementing methodology is designed to achieve the following main results:
- Result 1: The Government establishes and embeds a Regulatory Framework defining the roles and responsibilities of the different Ministries and their departments that are responsible for the development and management of the initial TVET sector.
- Result 2: A Competency Framework and a Staff Appraisal System for initial TVET teaching and management staff is developed and implemented.
- Result 3: Capacity of the key In-service teacher training providers is strengthened in order to deliver effective pedagogy and practical skills updating to initial TVET teaching and school management staff.
- Result 4: Collaboration measures are established with the Business community to support the upskilling of initial TVET staff (management and teachers of practical subjects).
- Result 5: The overall capacity of MoLME to develop and manage the initial TVET sector is enhanced.
The Government of the Republic of Tajikistan views initial TVET as a priority in the field of education, which provides the national economy with qualified specialists and significantly contributes to the development of socio-economic and cultural life of the country. One of the main factors for sustainable development of the VET system is the quality of knowledge and skills of engineering staff and teachers in the system. In this con-text, the development and implementation of specific programmes to strengthen the human capacity of the TVET system – from managers to teachers, masters and in-company trainers – is urgently required.
This project is funded by the EU, as a part of the Quality Education Support Programme I (QESP) implementation in Tajikistan. The programme is designed with the aim of addressing selected national priorities from the National Strategy for Education Development (NSED) of the Republic of Tajikistan until 2020 and the Education Action Plan 2015-2017. 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.
Capacity building is the most relevant issue to be addressed in the project implementation. Capacity building is tailored to four different levels relevant to the defined target groups – individual, institutional, network and societal levels, all of which are strongly interrelated.
The existing initial VET governance structure has been the subject of a major change since 2014, when the MoLME has taken over responsibility for the initial TVET sub-sector from the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES). Organizational changes in MoLME are required to implement the structural reforms in initial TVET system in Tajikistan, defined by the Government. By taking the responsibility for the initial TVET sector from MoES, the resources (financial, staffing, assets) need to be concentrated in MoLME, and the project purpose is to assist the MoLME accordingly, and ensure that the transition of governance function is done in a professional and effective manner. The project will provide institutional support to assess the resources and capacities of the relevant departments of the MoLME and agencies to develop and manage the TVET sub-sector; this will involve assistance to the TVET Department at MoLME in drafting task descriptions, preparing new procedural manuals, etc. The project will facilitate as much as possible the dialogue between the VET departments at the two ministries – MoLME and MoES, and in consultation with the Coordination Council for Vocational Education and Training (CCVET) and the inter-ministerial advisory board for TVET. To this end, the project is working in close collaboration with Lot1 and their parallel building of the MoES’ capacity for taking over their new responsibilities.
The Project aims to support the development of a modern and viable initial TVET teachers’ 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 will seek 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 results areas through a participative approach. The project will support piloting across the various results areas, and by working together with the beneficiary – MoLME, and with MoES as a key stakeholder, will embed successful project experiences into regular practice in the TVET system in Tajikistan.
The project started on the 1st February 2017 and will last until 31 July 2020 with overall duration of 42 months. The activities will cover wider target groups from the TVET sector on macro, meso and micro level of VET governance, and key stakeholders. The interventions are mainly targeted to the strengthening of capaci-ty of the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of Population (MoLME) and the Ministry of Education and Science (MoES), and structures under their subordination with responsibilities in implementing the state policy and measures to increase the VET supply efficiency and effectiveness that can contribute to greater political stability, economic prosperity and social well-being in Tajikistan. Particular attention is given to building of sustainable mechanisms of Business-Schools partnership and strengthening the capacities of both, the authorities and TVET professionals, and the business associations and private sector employers for effective communication and beneficial cooperation. The project is implemented in close cooperation with other on-going donors’ activities in the education sector in Tajikistan, and in particular with those in the VET sub-sector.