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Welcome to the Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP) Project Website, the portal for dialogue on education sector reforms in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE) within Central Asia.

The project ran from 2012-2019, including a first phase (CAEP I) from 2012-2015 and a second phase (CAEP II) until March 2019. At the closing Regional Conference in Brussels on 13 February 2019, the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) announced that a continuation of CAEP may be foreseen for mid-2020, following a review of stakeholder needs and to be based on the revised EU-Central Asia strategy to be adopted in 2019.

Until a new phase of CAEP has been finalised, we hope that you will find this website a valuable source of information on education reform and cooperation in Central Asia.

CAEP has been a key pillar of the European Education Initiative for Central Asia with an overall objective of enhancing co-operation between the European Union and Central Asia, as well as regional co-operation between the countries of Central Asia, in order to strengthen education reforms in the region.

As in Europe, key areas of reform have been; providing better and innovative teaching, developing qualification frameworks and ensuring the best quality of lifelong education. The platform has addressed these through organising conferences, seminars and workshops, studies on education reform and a database of donor projects in Central Asia countries.

The EU Member States, notably Latvia and Poland and more recently Romania, have been actively engaged in the project – a first Ministerial Meeting for Education Ministers from Central Asia and the EU successfully took place under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Riga in June 2015. High-level representatives both from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and from the EU endorsed a Joint Communiqué and adopted an Indicative Roadmap of Activities for the CAEP Project Phase II.

The Second Meeting of the European Union and Central Asia Ministers for Education was held on 23 June 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The event was a great success and concluded with the Ministers and delegates agreeing on the Astana Declaration as a basis for future mutual co-operation, highlighting as priorities cooperation and dialogue in the areas of: Qualification Frameworks (NQF), Quality Assurance and Accreditation (QAA), employment and labour market needs, innovative teaching methods, financing of education systems, prevention of violent radicalisation through education, and gender equality.