At Monday’s meeting of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov with President of the European Council Charles Michel in New York, it was stressed that the European Union is a long-standing partner of Turkmenistan in the implementation of a number of specialized projects and programs, including in the fields of legislation, education, information and communication technologies, agriculture and water management, environmental protection and climate change.
An example of successful cooperation in the field of education is the five-year project "Dialogue and Action for Resourceful Youth in Central Asia DARYA", launched last year and implemented by the European Training Foundation. This is the first regional project of the European Union aimed at supporting youth in Central Asia through measures promoting inclusion and skills development in the labor market.
The Innovation Information Center (IIC) of the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan actively participates in online conferences and webinars on the DARYA project. In March of this year, a meeting was organized between the staff of the IIC and the National Institute of Education of Turkmenistan with representatives of the European Training Foundation (ETF), which was attended by the Head of Policy Advice and EU Programming Unit Georgios Zisimos and the country coordinator in Turkmenistan Franca Krestani. During the fruitful meeting, activities related to the implementation of the DARYA project were discussed. In June, the Director of the IIC Ch.G.Khanmukhammedov took part in a seminar on supporting digital skills of teachers and students held in Turin, Italy, where he got acquainted with advanced international methods and practices of teaching using digital technologies.
On September 19, the Turkmen partners in the DARYA project, including employees of the IIC, took part in another webinar to explore the possibility of creating a regional qualifications framework. The purpose of the event was to get acquainted with the first results of the DARYA project research on regional cooperation in the field of qualifications in Central Asia. The participants of the meeting were presented with data on current processes in Central Asia related to skills and qualifications (economy and trade, strategic driving forces, labor migration and educational mobility), as well as existing examples of regional and international cooperation in the field of qualifications. The target audience of this introductory event were practitioners from relevant institutions - Ministries of Labor, Education, state agencies for qualifications and professional skills, employers' organizations, sectoral and professional organizations, educational institutions, trade unions.
Specialists of the IIC of the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan are also invited to participate in the event "Module 3: Inclusive Education and Training", which is scheduled to be held within the framework of the DARYA project of the European Training Foundation on October 30 - November 1 in Astana, the Republic of Kazakhstan.