More than 40 Education Experts from Tajikistan and the EU meet to discuss the development of NQFs

September 17,2016 |Category : Latest News
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High-level National Meeting on National Qualifications Framework in the Tajik education sector brings together deputy ministers, senior officials and education experts from Tajikstan and the European Union as part of the EU funded “Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP)”.

More than 40 Education Experts from Tajikistan and the EU, including the National Erasmus+ Office, met in Dushanbe on September 13 to discuss and reflect the current status of introducing a National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) in Tajikistan. Worldwide, Qualifications Frameworks aim at making qualifications transparent for users, learners and potential employers. NQFs show what learners are expected to know, understand and be able to do on the basis of a given qualification (learning outcomes) based on practical needs for skills in the labour market. Furthermore, they enable learners to move up the qualification level, for example to move from Vocational Education and Training (VET) to qualifications acquired in a university at higher education level.

In the last year, the Tajik government adopted various laws and regulations to emphasise the need for and relevance of high quality education, based on well-developed and needs oriented qualification standards to provide sufficient qualifications for youth and other learners.

After some opening remarks by the CAEP Team Leader, Mr Christian Wagner, highlighting the relevance of NQF strengthening the linkage between the Higher Education sector and VET, Mr Bozorali Odinazoda, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, expressed his appreciation of CAEP activities being conducted to support the further development of the education sectors. The Tajik government currently intensifies efforts to streamline and develop professional qualifications and standards into a coherent system. One major challenge still remains the linkage of qualification levels between VET and Higher Education (HE). The Ministry of Education as lead Ministry to define the education policy cooperates closely with the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of the Population, which is responsible for Initial VET in this respect.

Mr Nozimzhon Sidikov, Deputy Director of the Department of Professional Education and Adult Education in the Ministry of Labour, informed about the set-up of a joint inter-ministerial working group to develop needed occupational and professional standards with high priority. In this context, the Tajik government is supported as well by bilateral donors, such as the German GIZ.

In his opening speech, Mr Maciej Adam Madalinski, Head of Operations Sections of the EU Delegation to Tajikistan, stressed the importance of education at both regional level (as addressed by CAEP) as well as bilateral EU – Tajik cooperation. The Erasmus+ programme plays a major role in the practical implementation, but bilateral projects have been and will be implemented in the future as well, addressing the needs as expressed by the Tajik government.

The presentation given by Ms Tatjana Danilova from Latvia about the Latvian experience in developing and introducing a NQF, opened a vivid and constructive discussion. As result, relevant topics for the planned CAEP peer learning group on NQF could be collected.

This National Meeting has been a “follow-up” of the Riga Regional Conference on National Qualifications Frameworks, where high-ranking representatives from all five Central Asia countries, the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education came together to share their good practice in developing all levels of National and Sectoral Quaification Frameworks. This Riga Conference has also been organised as part of the Central Asia Education Platform.

During a Ministerial Meeting of Ministers for Education between the EU and Central Asia countries in Riga in June 2015, the Ministers agreed on National Qualification Frameworks as well as on Quality Assurance and Accreditation as main topics for continuing the successfully implemented policy dialogue at regional, national and technical level. Latvia and Poland are the Lead EU Member States supporting the exchange for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE) respectively.

Currently, CAEP is preparing a Regional Conference on “Enhancing cooperation in Higher Education between Central Asia countries and the European Union” in Cracow, Poland, from November 16-18, leading towards the 2nd Ministerial Meeting planned for mid-2017.

More information on the upcoming CAEP Regional Conference in Cracow you will find here:

http://www.caep-project.org/cracow2016/

All materials of the NQF National Meeting in Dushanbe can be downloaded here:

http://www.caep-project.org/event(*)

For detailed information about CAEP and specific CAEP events, please contact:

Ms Dilya Woodward, CAEP Communication Expert, email: [email protected]

 

More information on the National Eramus+ Office in Kyrgyzstan and its activities you can find here:

http://erasmusplus.tj/?lang=en

More information on the European Training Foundation (ETF) and its activities in Central Asia you can find here:

http://www.etf.europa.eu/web.nsf/pages/Central_Asia