DISCUSSING EMPLOYABILITY IN RURAL AREAS OF UZBEKISTAN WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
“Skills Development for Employability in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan” project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by UNESCO conducted Implementation Phase Launch Meeting with the main objectives a) to discuss the technical details of the planned implementation activities in 2021; b) to initiate the function of the Technical Working Groups; and c) to collect expert advice on the project activities including parallel initiatives and similar activities.
The meeting brought together government officials from the Ministry of higher and secondary specialized education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Delegation of the EU to Uzbekistan, National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO, academic circles and representatives from other international organizations.
The first deputy minister of higher and secondary specialized education Komiljon Karimov noted that the Government of Uzbekistan pays great attention to the education at all levels, particularly to technical vocational education and training since it contributes to developing important skills and enhancing the living standards in rural areas through better employability by preparing girls and boys with relevant skills for the needs of sustainable, diversified and modernized agriculture.
The head of cooperation of the EU Delegation to Uzbekistan Francois Begeot emphasized that the new project will improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the vocational education and training system to match the requirements of the modernised agriculture sector and contribute to the reforms initiated by Uzbekistan in the field of education.
This meeting is also dedicated to the World Youth Skills Day. In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15th of July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.