A final CAEP Regional Conference entitled “Strengthening education reforms and employability in Central Asia and the EU – The European Education Initiative (EEI) and the Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP) 2012-2019” will take place in Brussels on 13 February 2019.
The purpose of this Regional Conference is to review the outcomes of the CAEP project to date and discuss future perspectives for cooperation in Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education & Training (VET) between the European Union, Member States and Central Asian countries at regional level.
Participants from the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), the CAEP Team and project partners Erasmus+ and the European Training Foundation (ETF) will address the overall achievements of cooperation between the EU and Central Asia in supporting policy dialogue and education reform in HE and VET in the region, and then look specifically at the outcomes of the CAEP project. Since 2015, over 30 events have been organised under the umbrella of CAEP Phase II, including Ministerial Meetings, Regional Conferences, National Seminars, Peer Learning and Working Group meetings and online webinars. The platform has seen active involvement from all five Central Asian countries and valuable contributions from its project partners and education experts from lead Member States Poland and Latvia.
At the conference, representatives from the Central Asian Ministries of Education will be invited to share recent developments on education reform in their country, taking into account the priority fields of action identified in the Astana Declaration, agreed at the CAEP Second Meeting for Ministers of Education in 2017. These priority fields include National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF), Quality Assurance and Accreditation (QAA), employment and labour market needs and the contribution of education to prevent violent radicalisation of youth and address gender inequalities. Participants from EU Member States will also put forward their experiences of contributing to policy dialogue and supporting education reform in the region and the use of peer learning methodology and evidence-based policy making within the CAEP framework will be presented and discussed. To close, in a round table session, participants will consider the outlook on future cooperation in education between the EU, the EU Member States and Central Asia countries at both bilateral and regional level.