Support to the Education Sector in Turkmenistan



 Project Overview
Project Title Support to the Education Sector in Turkmenistan
Project Number EuropeAid/136701/DH/SER/TM
Country Turkmenistan,
Overall Project Value (EUR) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End 01/10/2016 –
Project Status Active
 Funding and Implementing Organizations
Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget (EUR) 4700000
Implementing Organization / Consortium European Profiles (Greece) in consortium with International Bund (Germany), Pearson Education Ltd. (UK) and European Projects Management Management Ltd -EPM (SIA Eiropas Projektu Vadiba) (Latvia)
Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Dr Dimitris BAKOLAS, Project Director

Telephone +30 210 82 10 895, int. 0440
Mobile +30 694 469 4447
Email dbak@europeanprofiles.gr

Mrs Aspasia MIOTERI, Backstopping manager

Telephone +30 210 82 10 895, int. 0338
Email amioteri@europeanprofiles.gr

Mr Stefan SIEWERT, Key Expert 1, Education Strategy Expert, Team Leader  

Telephone + 49 172 3143 128
Email siewert@email.de

Mr Ioannis VANDOULAKIS, Key Expert 2: Education Expert/ General Secondary

Telephone +30 6948 722 637
Email ivan@europeanprofiles.gr

Ms Yochka ANASTASOVA, Key Expert 3: Education Expert/ Vocational Education

Telephone +359888003064
Email yoto1955@yahoo.com

Mr Dimitrios VASSILIOU, Key Expert 4: Labour Market Expert

Telephone   +30 6973 838 821
Email vasdim58@gmail.com
Beneficiary Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Turkmenistan

 Project Summary, Objectives and Results
Project Summary

Overall Objective: To further support the Government of Turkmenistan in the creation of a modern education system in line with international educational standards

Specific Objective: To contribute to the on-going education reform process by facilitating the introduction of educational standards and adapting professional education programmes to labour market needs

Main Results to be achieved:

Component 1 – Strategic planning – institutional capacity building

Result 1 – The planning, implementation and monitoring capacity of the overall reform of education and professional education is strengthened through better collaboration of relevant stakeholders;

Result 2 – The existing education strategy is reviewed and adopted and follows international standards. A closer dialogue with the labour environment is established with the creation of sector councils.

Component 2 – Program development – Delivery of general and vocational education

Sub-component 1 – General Secondary Education

Result 3 – The content of general secondary education is revised taking into consideration the European Reference Framework for key competencies and staff, teachers and managers are ready to implement the new content.

Sub-component 2 – Vocational Education

Result 4 – The qualifications offered in selected sectors of vocational education and for identified job profiles are reviewed on the basis of modern criteria with the support of trained staff, teachers and managers. New curricula are developed in line with the identified qualifications.

Sub-component 3 – School Management

Result 5 – Maintenance of stable experience exchange between schools is provided through the establishment of a national school community platform. School management capacities are established by enhanced best international management practices.

Result 6 – The current situation in cooperation between VET schools, local administration and enterprises is analysed and proposals for innovative approaches in an extended cooperation, emphasizing labour market demands, made and implemented.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to further support the Government of Turkmenistan in the creation of a modern education system in line with international educational standards. The purpose of the project is to contribute to the on-going education reform process by facilitating the introduction of educational standards and adapting professional education programmes to labour market needs.

Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process
Occupational Field Art, Economy, Trade, Business and Administration, Forestry and Wood Processing , Geology, Mining, Oil and Chemical Industries, Graphic Technology and Audio Visual Media Design, Health Care and Social Welfare , Interdisciplinary Sciences, Jurisprudence, Leather and Textiles, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geosciences, Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Shipbuilding and Metallurgy, Medicine and Veterinary, Not applicable, Philology, Philosophy, Ethnology, History, Political Sciences, Public Administration , Public Affairs, Security Services, Personal and Other Services, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science
Target Groups Suppliers / developers of learning media, Trade unions
Related Projects
Activities

COMPONENT 1: Strategic Planning – Institutional Capacity Building

Specific objective: To strengthen the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring capacities of national stakeholders. An overall Life Long Learning strategy with the involvement of all relevant counterparts by involvement of general and vocational education will be developed and adopted. The VET Action Plan proposal has to be further developed, discussed and made operational. To link the education sector with the labour market, the collaboration between the MoE, MoLCP and respective line ministries will be intensified to support the setting up of Sectoral Councils.

The following preliminary activities are estimated:

  1. I) Review of existing education strategy with regard to the design of a Life Long Learning Strategy. II) Establishment of roles, competencies, specific budget and responsibilities for general and vocational education; III) Review the VET strategy within the overall education strategy, including CVET and IVET, defining objectives, roles and responsibilities; IV) Definition of planning for sectors councils with working groups to oversee the progress of VET reform; V) Establishment of sector councils comprising the line ministries, companies and pilot schools. VI) Review organizational structures of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Civil Protection, National Institute of Education and interlinks with respective regional and local authorities. VII) Support the development of an Education Management Information System (EMIS). IIX) Support the establishment of an Internet Education Portal for regular information to teachers and school managers on the development of the overall education reform. IX) Adapt and operationalise the Action Plan on VET by elaboration of detailed implementation steps with precise timelines, responsible actors and respective budgets.

 

COMPONENT 2: Program Development – Delivery of General and Vocational Education

Specific Objective: To continue the process of modernization of education through revision and the development of new contents to ensure coherence with the socio-economic needs of Turkmenistan and reflecting international practices. The content of general education will follow the approach of the European Reference Framework for Lifelong Learning.

Sub-component 1 – General Secondary Education

With regard to general education, the project aims to modernise the system in line with additional key competences as specified by the European Reference Framework, which sets out eight key competences for the education of all individuals in terms of personal fulfilment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment.  The new key competences addressed by this project will cover: IT, mathematics, learning to learn and entrepreneurship, and will be introduced in general secondary schools selected all over the country. The assistance will focus on the 11th and 12th grade of general secondary education.

The following preliminary activities in general secondary education involving a number of pilot schools are estimated:

  1. Development of an educational program/curriculum framework.
  2. Development of educational programs/curricula including key competences: IT, mathematics, learning to learn and entrepreneurship.
  • Creation and assistance of a train the trainers group for at least 50 teachers in different levels of education.
  1. Assistance in development of a comprehensive career guidance policy framework, where broader strategies related to youth, education and employment are expressed.
  2. Definition and testing of a model for school self-evaluation on the basis of European “Best Practice”.
  3. Organization of seminars, study visits and peer-learning actions with schools in EU countries to introduce a quality assurance system.
  • Identification of mechanisms for monitoring and assessment by adoption and application of indicators in line with international trends.

 

Sub-component 2 – Vocational Education

As for vocational education, the project will continue to give assistance in   agriculture, construction and tourism sectors. In the recent pilot sectors the process of identifying new job profiles will be supported.

Other priority sectors such as textiles and transport will be involved and a sufficient number of additional pilot schools nominated. Changes in terms of restructuring additional job profiles in the new sectors will be carried out.

In vocational educational programs the involvement of entrepreneurs in curricula development, practical training, examination and certification will be supported. Special attention will be -placed on assisting in pilot program implementation. The distribution of the pilot programs via NIE and MoE to all VET schools in Turkmenistan will be supported.

The following preliminary activities in vocational secondary education involving 15 pilot schools are estimated:

  1. Assessment of qualifications needs in terms of knowledge, skills and competence in the chosen sectors
  2. Development of an overall framework for the curricula content for vocational competences including learner assessment
  • Identification of an indicative number of 4-5 new job profiles in agriculture, tourism and the construction sector
  1. Development of occupational standards and vocational education programs for implementation in the previous 11 pilot schools
  2. Identification of an indicative number of 6-8 job profiles for the new sectors e.g. of transport, textile , development of occupational standards, vocational/education programs, to be implemented in new pilot schools
  3. Development of a certification methodology in at least 6 sectors
  • Defining and testing a model for school self-evaluation on the basis of European “Best Practice”
  • Defining models for career guidance at all levels of the VET system introducing also VET students tracer study
  1. Producing manuals for VET career guidance management and training an indicative number of 5 specialists in VET career guidance from each of the pilot schools.
  2. Identification and introduction of VET based quality indicators using EU “Best Practice”.
  3. Organizing training, coaching, study visits and peer-learning with VET schools in EU countries

Sub-component 3 – School Management – Partnership Improvement

The project will support the process of exchange of information and experience between regional general and vocational schools and between the VET schools under involvement of European experience with the aim of establishing school networks. The extended cooperation between VET schools and business enterprises should lead to coordinated actions for new training standard development and involvement in examination and certification processes. School managers, teachers and regional counterparts should participate in tailor-made capacity building measures.

The following preliminary activities are estimated:

  1. Establishment of networks/platforms of general schools and vocational schools for exchange of experience
  2. Provision of training in cooperation subjects and inviting schools, regional/local administration representatives and enterprises
  • Introduction of modern management techniques for general and VET school managers and training an indicative number of 1-2 managers from each pilot school
  1. Definition of a model for the VET school and enterprise cooperation and development of a related handbook
  2. Definition of models for school development and production of connected handbooks

Training in project management subjects and promoting capacities for project implementation at VET and general school level; involving specialists, teachers and managers from all pilot schools.

The contractor will ensure the capitalization on and sharing of knowledge related to the implementation of the project. It concerns observation of technical and pedagogical values, which are of interest to other professionals and which do not infringe the obligations of article 14 of the General Conditions of the contract.

Project Results

Component 1 – Strategic planning – institutional capacity building

Results:

– The planning, implementation and monitoring capacity of the overall reform of education and professional education is strengthened through better collaboration of relevant stakeholders.

– The existing education strategy is reviewed and adopted and follows international standards. A closer dialogue with the labour environment is established with the creation of sector councils.

 

Component 2 – Program development – delivery of general and vocational education

Results:

Sub-component 1 – General Secondary Education

– The content of general secondary education is revised taking into consideration the European Reference Framework for key competencies and staff, teachers and managers are ready to implement the new content.

 

Sub-component 2 – Vocational Education

– The qualifications offered in selected sectors of vocational education and for identified job profiles are reviewed on the basis of modern criteria with the support of trained staff, teachers and managers. New curricula are developed in line with the identified qualifications.

 

Sub-component 3 – School Management

– Maintenance of stable experience exchange between schools is provided through the establishment of a national school community platform. School management capacities are established by enhanced best international management practices.

– The current situation in cooperation between VET schools, local administration and enterprises is analysed and proposals for innovative approaches in an extended cooperation, emphasizing labour market demands, made and implemented.

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