New EU-Project in Tajikistan will promote Inclusive Vocational Education for Youth with Disabilities

On April 1st, DVV International in Tajikistan launched the project “INCLUSION: Promotion of Social Change and Inclusive Education in Tajikistan”. The project is funded by the European Union (90%) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (10%) and aims at supporting structures and policies of inclusive (vocational) education with a focus on the needs of young people with disabilities.

On April 1st, DVV International in Tajikistan launched the project “INCLUSION: Promotion of Social Change and Inclusive Education in Tajikistan”. The project is funded by the European Union (90%) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (10%) and aims at supporting structures and policies of inclusive (vocational) education with a focus on the needs of young people with disabilities.

DVV International and its partner organisation will work to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities, to improve the national and local environment for inclusive vocational education and to guarantee a better access to quality vocational and non-formal education services for young people with disabilities in the three pilot cities Rasht, Penjikent and Dushanbe.

Together with the Adult Education Association of Tajikistan and the League of Women with Disabilities “Ishtirok”, DVV International will design and offer vocational training courses that are especially adapted to the needs of people with disabilities. Improved vocational skills will foster their integration into the local labour market. Participants will also learn how to claim their right to education vis-à-vis local and national authorities.

In cooperation with the network of Adult Training Centres (ATCs) under the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Migration with over 36 branches throughout the country as well as the local governments of Rasht, Penjikent and Dushanbe, DVV International will develop and pilot inclusive curricula at three Adult Training Centres. In addition, an accessible infrastructure will be constructed in these centres. The experience in these three centres can later be used to improve the accessibility of all Adult Training Centres in the country.

Furthermore, the 2,5 years project will advocate for inclusive education and raise awareness for the rights of people with disabilities, e.g. through publications and public events.

During the opening event the Project goals and objectives will be presented to the broad public, potential stakeholders, and specialists working with youth with disabilities and their parents. It is anticipated that at least 30 representatives of governmental, non-state, international organisations and media will attend the event.

The event will be held on May 4, 2018 at 09:15 a.m at the conference hall of Dushanbe Plaza, 4th floor.

For more information, please contact:Ms. Zarina Khalikova, Country Director, DVV International in Tajikistan, khalikova@dvv-international.tj

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