Inclusive Vocational Education and Training

Project Overview

Project Title Inclusive Vocational Education and Training
Project Number
Country Kyrgyzstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 0 - 500 000
Project Start – Project End February 15, 2012–October 15, 2013
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 462,379
Implementing Organization / Consortium

Association Federation Handicap International
Public Association for Invalids “Ravenstvo”
Public Association “Movement of Young Invalids”
Public Fund “AVEP”

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Md. Mazedul Haque, Project Manager
Handicap International, Central Asia Programme in Kyrgyzstan
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Beneficiary 400 vulnerable people of working age, including 180 persons with disabilities; 100 relatives of persons with disabilities; 100 teachers and administrative sta‚ of vocational education training schools

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The program aims at creating work opportunities for persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups through enhanced cooperation between vocational educational training schools and employers. In 2012, the Kyrgyz Republic ranked 125th on the HDI scale. Among ±5M people, over 1M are migrant workers in Russia. There is no national wide survey on disability or IE. However, UNICEF research on 2008 reflects that 47% student with disabilities attending formal school and 10% at special school. 75% persons with disabilities are economically inactive. Inclusive VET is a 20 month project which starts in mid-February 2012, finance by European Commission and Canadian Auto Workers Union. Two DPOs and a local NGO are the project partners. Project area located 450km away from the Capital, Karakol, close to China’s border.

Project Objectives

The overall objective is to reduce poverty among persons with disabilities and other vulnerable workers through improved access to vocational educational and employment opportunities.

Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Standards and curriculum development, Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

Second Vocational Education and Skills Development Project

  • Inception workshop with all stakeholders.
  • Capacity development of partners and network creation.
  • Participatory research and identification of beneficiaries.
  • Adaptation of curricula and vocational education training modules to market needs and disability specifics.
  • Cooperation with local authorities to identify people with disabilities and vulnerable groups and to prepare innovative apprenticeships.
Project Results

1. Partners have strengthened capacity in facilitating access to VET of vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities;
2. VET system provides market oriented curricula to enhanced cooperation with private sector and deliver quality inclusive services for persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups;
3. Persons with disabilities are included in primary VET and self-employment skills training by 2 state and 1 private VET that cooperate with employers;
4. Recommendations and information on inclusive VET systems are accessible, disseminated and promoted among the community, NGOs and state institutions.

Links and Materials

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