On 24-25 April 2017 CAEP organized the second Peer Learning (PLA) event on National Qualifications Frameworks in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The meeting brought together representatives from the Kyrgyz Republic including the Delegation of the European Union, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Labour and national employers, along with participants from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, education experts from Latvia and Poland, and CAEP experts.
Mr. Johannes Stenbæk Madsen, Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic, opened the meeting and highlighted the importance of CAEP events: “This second meeting deepens some of the focal areas already been tackled during these events, such as Sectoral Qualifications Councils and other aspects of a sound institutional setting and establishment of NQF structures. We hope that meetings at expert level like the one started today will contribute and strengthen mutual ties and make a valuable contribution to improving our educational systems by learning from each other’s best practices”.
Speakers from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan shared the progress made since the 1st meeting in Istanbul, Turkey in February 2017. Kazakhstan delegates presented the example of the Facebook page that has been created where they can publish and discuss updates on NQF developments, and participants from Kyrgyzstan shared the results of their work on NQF, including the inclusion of key terminology in the Labour Code and preparatory discussions on the draft resolution of the Kyrgyz government.
Mr Marat Issabekov from “Atameken” National Chamber of Entrepreneurs presented the key challenges of implementing an NQF in Kazakhstan along with a list of recommendations for the future. Ms Banu Narbekova from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan shared the outcomes of a seminar on NQF held on 19-21 April 2017 by Erasmus Plus in Kazakhstan and Ms Svetlana Simbard presented an analysis of sectoral qualifications development in Kyrgyzstan, focusing on the tourism industry. Mr Claudio Dondi led a presentation and subsequent discussion on thevalidation of learning outcomes achieved through non-formal and informal learning; as part of this he suggested methods and tools for the four processes of identification, documentation, assessment and certification.
On the second day of the meeting Ms Ewa Chmielecka from Poland and Ms Dita Traidas and Ms Elina Purmale–Baumane from Latvia shared best practice examples of communicating the value of NQFs to stakeholders in their respective countries, such as a campaign ofseminars for journalists,using competitions such as “WorldSkills”, and the inclusion of employers in implementation groups.
A plan was then made by participants for the organisation of peer learning activities in the participating countriesand how to involve stakeholders in the dissemination of results. Finally the delegates agreed on the activities needed to be covered before the 3rd and final Peer Learning event of the series to be held in Riga in September.