Support of VET reforms in Uzbekistan

Support of VET reforms in Uzbekistan – a SDC funded project implemented by Helvetas and subcontractor SFUVET and CEMETS. The ongoing VET reform in Uzbekistan was initialized by setting into force the presidential decree in 2019. The decree defines a spectacular change in the implementation of VET and demands the inclusion of the business – which is not yet ready and lacks confidence.

Support for vocational training

In the framework of the support of the VET reform SFUVET plays an important role as an advisor and expert organisation in 4 areas: Governance; Quality assurance; Capacity building of teachers; Public-private partnership.

The challenge in the implementation is substantial as in Uzbekistan historically rooted there is no functioning horizontal cooperation between involved ministries and no shared understanding of good VET. The teaching style is rather outdated, there are no useful facilities and no systemic cooperation between business and schools. 

SFUVET’s approach is to implement the situated VET approach and through that smoothly change the cooperative attitude between the schools and the business. In various projects it could be observed that the focus on attitudes impacts a lot the VET system because it changes the deeper layer of the dynamics of the actors. These changes may produce unexpectedly good results. The SFUVET intervention aims at a smooth change of the mindset and the readiness to cooperate in the system due to the focus on attitudes and their relevance in successful VET.

Duration:

Inception Phase May – July 2021, main project December 2021 – December 2024 (option for prolongation to 2033)

Project aims:

Support the VET reforms in Uzbekistan

SFUVET expertise:

Emanuel Wüthrich, Senior Advisor (content see above)

Partners:

Helvetas, CEMETS