Project Presentation

The Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP)

Background

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.

Objective

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.

Focus of the CAEP

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:

  • Quality in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE);
  • Human resource management in VET and HE;
  • Teacher policies, education and training.
Project Tasks
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:

  1. National meetings in each Central Asian country with representatives of ministers, experts and practitioners;
  2. Thematic technical meetings at regional level amongst representatives of Central Asian line ministries, public authorities, education practitioners, representatives of EU and EU Member States and international donors;
  3. Policy-focused regional forums at ministerial level with ministerial representatives of Central Asian countries, representatives of the EU (notably the European Commission) and involved EU Member States;
  4. Follow-up national meetings to examine the results and recommendations of the regional and ministerial forums In planning and organizing these forums, the project should take into account past and on-going similar initiatives in the sector to build on their results maximize synergies and avoid duplication of identical activities.
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.

 Planned Project Results
  1. Europe-Central Asia education sector dialogue improved
  2. Quality of mutual multi-country learning improved
  3. Experience, lessons learned, best/good practices shared
  4. Evidence-based policy approach initiated
  5. People-to-people exchange and mutual understanding enhanced
  6. Support to sector approaches enhanced
  7. Support to local stakeholders to better implement reform programmes at all institutional levels improved
  8. Capacity of policy makers through policy analysis and learning enhanced.
Project Timeframe:

February 2012 – February 2015 (Phase I), March 2015 – March 2018 (Phase II)

Project’s Strategic Partners/Programmes
  • A regional workshop entitled “The Torino Process 2012: VET Developments in Central Asia” was organised together with the European Training Foundation and took place in Astana (12-13 February 2013 );
  • The project is working with the TEMPUS programme to support follow-up activities concerning human resource management in Central Asian higher education institutions;
  • The project has concluded an agreement on a strategic partnership in regional coordination with the Kyrgyz NGO EdNet.