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Uzbekistan|politics|November 7, 2022 / 12:07 PM
First Sector Skills Council for Irrigation launched in Uzbekistan with support from the European Union and UNESCO

AKIPRESS.COM - The EU-funded project "Skills Development for Employability in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan", which is implemented by UNESCO, has been supporting the operationalization of the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) in Agriculture and Irrigation sectors, the UNESCO press service reported.

The opening ceremony of Irrigation Sector Skills Council was attended by Minister of Water Resources, Director of Institute of Employment and Labor Market Research, Head of Political, Press and Information Section of the Delegation of the European Union in Uzbekistan, UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan and other project stakeholders.

SSCs in Uzbekistan were defined and established for 29 sectors in December 2020. The project has been working to enhance the capacity of SSC through knowledge transfer workshops, where experts have shown different good models of SSC, as well as the lessons learned in other countries. The project developed the national occupational standards in agriculture and irrigation sectors, where agriculture and irrigation SSCs are proactively involved.

"The project is aligned with major initiatives of the Government of Uzbekistan, such as the Presidential Decree on improvement of the vocational education system, the Uzbekistan Agriculture Modernization and Development Strategy 2020-2030. EU will remain committed to supporting the efforts of Uzbekistan in education reforms, and especially in the development of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for agriculture and irrigation," Head of Political, Press and Information Section of the Delegation of EU in Uzbekistan Mindaugas Kacerauskis said.

"UNESCO supports technical vocational education and training development reforms, which eventually should bring a positive impact on development of skilled human capital and lead to economic growth as well as employability of young women and men in rural areas of Uzbekistan. The project continues to further support the SSC by facilitating the knowledge exchange with other countries, through study tour and by inviting international experts to Uzbekistan to reach wider audiences including SSCs for other sectors," UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan Sara Noshadi noted.

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