The Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP) has been 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.
The CAEP was established to support 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 aimed at better coordination of donors’ activities in the education sector in the region.
The CAEP focused on Vocational Education and Training (VET) and on Higher Education (HE). On the basis of a needs assessment and stakeholder consultations, the priority areas for policy dialogue were:
Component 1: Dialogue Forums
Under this component, the project provided technical and logistical support to the organisation of national and regional dialogue forums (conferences, meetings, workshops). The Central Asian partners were invited to propose issues/topics that would be suitable for discussion as part of the platform.
Four stages of dialogue forums were foreseen:
Component 2: Marketing and communication
For this component, a state-of-play on the education sector of each country was completed (including a needs assessment and a stakeholder analysis), and mapping 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 was made during the inception phase to avoid duplication of efforts.
Under this component, a CAEP website was set up. Communication tools such as an e-newsletter were used for promotion and sharing the results of dialogue forums and EU-Central Asia education cooperation and programmes.
Component 3: Studies
Under this component, studies and review reports were carried out to complement the dialogue for additional studies, briefings, and policy advice.
February 2012 – February 2015 (Phase I), March 2015 – March 2019 (Phase II)
At the closing Regional Conference on 13 February 2019, “Strengthening education reforms and employability in Central Asia and the EU – The European Education Initiative (EEI) and the Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP)”, the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) announced that a continuation of CAEP is anticipated 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.
An overview of the outcomes and achievements of CAEP Phase II can be found in a report from the regional conference here.