The Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP) is a key pillar of the European Education Initiative (EEI) for Central Asia which is to “contribute to the adaptation of education systems of Central Asian States to the needs of the globalised world” as well as the necessities of the region and the societies in each particular country.
The CAEP has been established to support a policy dialogue between the EU and the CA countries and within the CA region in order to reinforce education sector reforms in Central Asia. It also aims at better coordination of donors’ activities in the education sector in the region.
The CAEP focuses on Vocational Education and Training (VET) and on Higher Education (HE). The main content areas include Interaction of VET and HE, Teacher Education and Training as well as Quality of Education (VET and HE).
On the basis of a needs assessment and stakeholder consultations, the topics chosen so far for policy dialogues are:
Component 1: Dialogue Forums
Under this component, the project will provide technical and logistical support to the organization of national and regional dialogue forums (conferences, meetings, workshops).
The Central Asian partners will be invited to propose issues/topics that would be suitable for discussion as part of the platform.
Four stages of dialogue forums are foreseen:
Component 2: Marketing and communication
For this component, a state-of-play on the education sector of each country will be completed (including a needs assessment and a stakeholder analysis), and mapping will be done on the activities in the area of education carried out in Central Asia by the project countries, the EU, EU Member States and other international donors.
An inventory of existing studies on the education sector of the Central Asian countries will be made during the inception phase to avoid duplication of efforts.
Under this component, a CAEP website will be set up. Communication tools such as an e-newsletter will be used for promotion and sharing the results of dialogue forums and EU-Central Asia education cooperation and programmes.
Component 3: Studies
Under this component, it is foreseen to carry out studies to complement the dialogue for additional studies, briefings, and policy advice.
February 2012 – February 2015 (Phase I), March 2015 – March 2018 (Phase II)