|Project Title||Central Asia Education Cooperation Network (CAEN)|
|Country||Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Uzbekistan|
|Overall Project Value(EUR)||0 - 500 000|
|Project Start – Project End||October 6, 2003–September 30, 2005|
Funding and Implementing Organizations
|Origin of Funding||Asian Development Bank (ADB)|
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|Contact / Team Leader / Project Team||
Responsible ADB Officer
Project Summary, Objectives and Results
The Central Asia Republics (CARs) faced dramatic political and socioeconomic changes following independence from the Former Soviet Union. One sector greatly affected has been education. One of the main obstacles to effective education reforms in the region has been a centralized, top-down approach to education planning and administration, resulting in the exclusion of major stakeholders. Furthermore, information systems and data on education in the CARs are often unreliable, incomparable, and are not always relevant to policy work. This technical assistance (TA) was co-prepared and co-financed by the Open Society Institute (Budapest) and covered four countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and had the objective to increase communication among education stakeholders in the region, leading to the creation of the Central Asia Education Network (CAEN).
The TA contributed to the education reform process in the CARs by improving cooperation in the region. The outcome of the Project was the establishment of a network of education stakeholders in the CARs, interacting primarily through an Internet interface, to share information on education reforms, projects, legislation, statistics, analytical reports and other resources.
|Education Sector||HE, VET (IVET & CVET)|
|Components of the Education Process||Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Mobility and international exchange, Standards and curriculum development|
|Occupational Field||Not applicable|
|Target Groups||Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies|
– The main assignment of the team was to build and populate the Internet interface, a main tool for the communication of the network. This part of the work took most of the resources, while less attention was given to the actual “building of the network”.
Main outputs of the TA included:
(i) opening the education reform process to a variety of stakeholders groups;
(ii) developing the capacity of local education professionals for educational policy research, analysis, reporting, monitoring and advocacy;
(iii) increasing the awareness among CAR policy makers regarding international experience in reforming education;
(iv) creating a platform for discussing and initiating cooperation and partnership between education stakeholders in the CARs.
Therefore, additional activities were undertaken during the implementation of the Project to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of the TA.
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