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ADB allocates $20 mln to Kyrgyzstan for improvement of vocational education.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Rie Hiraoka and Minister of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic Olga Lavrova have signed a $10 million grant and a $10 million loan agreement designed to enhance vocational education, ADB Country Office said. "Many enterprises in the Kyrgyz Republic experience difficulties in finding skilled workers. We hope this project will help address this issue by increasing the employability of young people," said Ms. Hiraoka The Second Vocational Education and Skills Development Project in the Kyrgyz Republic project seeks to improve the quality and relevance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the country. The TVET system will be improved through modernization of training methods and improving teaching. The project will focus on seven priority sectors and involve employers selecting key occupations and determining the skills required for these occupations. "The project is very timely and necessary to modernize the TVET system nationwide to meet the demands of the labor market," noted Ms. Lavrova after the signing of the agreement. Equal access will be improved through the introduction of an innovative skills development fund to provide training in response to urgent labor market needs. The fund will focus on specific groups, such as ethnic minorities, and those living with disabilities to provide them with employment-friendly skills. The project also includes support to rural vocational schools outside Bishkek and Osh, and will promote better access for women. The project will build on the achievements under the first Vocational Education and Skills Development Project (VESDP), which is supporting reforms to the TVET system. A key achievement under VESDP is the introduction of competency-based training in 25 vocational schools for 18 priority occupations, along with improvement of the learning environment.

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Date:Dec 24, 2012
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