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With the support of our partners, and a high commitment of the local community, we are proud of our achievements and contributions:

 

Green Skills Training in Rural Areas (G-STAR) Project

Project name  

Green Skills Training in Rural Areas (G-STAR) Project

Donors

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation

Duration

January 2016 – December 2018

Geography of implementation

Chui oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Goal of the project

On the basis of a system of sustainable vocational training, more young people (unemployed) and potential migrants will increase their "green" skills and know-how, which will subsequently lead to employment or self-employment and increased income in energy-efficient construction. Thus, the project will contribute to increasing number of insulated houses and energy-efficient stoves in the Chui region.

Short description

 

The direct beneficiaries of the project are young people, unemployed with construction skills, employed with irregular income in the construction sector and potential migrants who intend to find work or increase their income by improving energy-efficient skills (insulation of houses and building energy efficient stoves) in the construction sector.

The project works in close cooperation with leading private sector firms, precisely with energy efficient building materials suppliers and private training providers in rural areas. This gives the project an opportunity to work with system players and work on system change. The project's interventions will focus on establishing an effective training mechanism that will enable the development of sustainable and market-oriented short-term trainings.

Currently, PF "AVEP" is implementing a pilot phase of the project, which is innovative for HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Kyrgyzstan. During the implementation of the pilot phase of the project, PF "AVEP" intends to contribute by performing the following tasks:

·      Promotion of the dual training program (theory and practice) in cooperation with the Public Association "AMETIS" and the Public Foundation "CEEBA" on the development of energy-efficient skills (insulation of houses and construction of stoves) in rural areas of Chui oblast;

·      Increasing the capacity of the Public Association "AMETIS", Public Fund "CEEBA" and 15 construction teams through the organization of trainings for the improvement of the qualifications of participants;

·      Providing financial and technical support for construction teams for effective promotion of their services and increasing orders;

·      Organization of information campaigns and promotion of mechanisms for financing EE activities in cooperation with Unison.

Achievements

·         Signed an agreement on cooperation with 3 main partners and signed 3 Memorandums with suppliers of building materials;

·         3 training modules on green skills were developed;

·         Organized more than 50 workshops and meetings;

·         Organized 14 practical trainings on insulation of houses and building energy efficient stoves ;

·         14 houses of socially vulnerable families in rural areas were insulated during practical trainings;

·         18 trainers improved their qualifications;

·         Provided equipment for 2 training providers;

·         207 young builders successfully completed short-term trainings and improved their skills;

·         64% of graduates were employed;

·         Graduates received an income of around 2,970,600 KGS from completed orders within 1 year;

·         Graduates insulated 59 houses and built 101 energy-efficient stoves;

·         Over 1,479 homeowners in Chui Oblast improved access to energy efficiency measures and financial mechanisms;

Partners

·         Association of Masters for Energy-efficient Technologies and Construction (AMETiS);

·         Public Fund Center for Energy-efficient Construction in Central Asia (CEEBA);

·         Unison Group;

Project “Green skills training in construction sphere”

Project name  

Green skills training in construction sphere

Donors

Embassy of Finland in Astana, Kazakhstan  

Duration

September 2015December 2017

Geography of implementation

Issyk-Kul oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Goal of the project

On the basis of a system of sustainable vocational training, more young people (unemployed) and potential migrants will increase their "green" skills and know-how, which will subsequently lead to employment or self-employment and increased income in energy-efficient construction. Thus, the project will contribute to increasing number of insulated houses and energy-efficient stoves.

Short description

The innovative project "Vocational training in green building skills" was implemented in close cooperation with three training providers and private companies in the field of energy efficient construction. To properly use energy-efficient building materials needed professionally trained personnel in the field of thermal insulation and energy-efficient technologies. Within the framework of this project, young people and potential migrants had the opportunity to gain practical skills in heat insulation of houses and in the construction of energy efficient furnaces. It should be noted that properly insulated house saves energy to 50-70% and will allows families a simple resident to save their budgets more significantly, and also contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere as a whole.

Achievements

·         In the framework of the project have been developed modules for the thermal insulation of houses and for the construction of energy efficient furnaces;

·         Training providers are equipped with workshops. Skills of masters and potential of managers and employees are increased;

·         Jointly training providers conducted information campaigns in the Issyk-Kul region on the provision of short-term courses on the thermal insulation of houses and the construction of energy efficient furnaces;

·         16 groups were issued, i.e. 209 young people and potential migrants received practical skills in heat insulation of houses and in the construction of energy efficient furnaces;

·         Within the framework of the project, 9 social facilities were insulated with the efforts of participants of short-term courses, including 6 houses of low-income families. Also, 8 energy efficient furnaces were built;

·         155 graduates (74%) work in the specialties that were received under the project;

·         Graduates created 17 brigades (93 people), 8 brigades on thermal insulation and 9 brigades on the construction of energy efficient furnaces. 44 graduates work independently, 18 graduates use their skills at home;

·         During the project's work, the graduates completed 43 orders for insulation of houses and built 75 energy-efficient furnaces. Twenty-six other orders, such as the installation of canopies, windows, roofs, and finishing works, were performed in parallel.

Partners

·         Public Association AMETiS

·         Training Center "Uspeh"

·         Vocational school #14 in Karakol



More information at: https://www.facebook.com/greenskillskg/

Project “Madrasah – skills training in rural areas”

Project name  

Madrasah – skills training in rural areas

Donors

US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan

 

Duration

 

January 2014 – December 2019

 

Geography of implementation

 

Countrywide, Kyrgyzstan

 

Goal of the project

 

Providing opportunities for career and personal growth to madrasah students through demanded professional and necessary life skills training.

 

Short description

 

Madrasah graduates interested in pursuing secular careers face a significant obstacle. They are unable to attend post-secondary and vocational education because they do not receive a state-recognized diploma. With no option to pursue continued education, madrasah graduates often find themselves unemployed and ill-equipped to compete in the labor market.
On a basic level, madrasah youth often lack the life skills to make thoughtful decisions about their futures, careers, families and finances. On a secondary level, madrasah youth lack the technical skills needed for employment or to create self-employment opportunities. Due to it planned next expectations:


·         Improve institutional support for madrasahs expanding their support for secular careers;

·         Private Training Center have the capacity to meet the continued training needs of madrasah students ;

·         Madrasah youth are better prepared to be independent after graduating ;

·         Madrasah graduates have better employment outcomes.

 

The project phases:

·         1st phase of the project implemented in Chui oblast (2014 – 2015).

·         2nd phase of the project is started in Osh, Batken and Jalal-Abad oblasts in 2017 (2017-2018).

·         3rd phase of the project is atarted in Chui, Issyk-Kul, Naryn and Talas oblasts in 2018 (2018-2019).

 

Achievements

 

·         Project covered 14 madrasas from all oblasts of the Kyrgyzstan;

·         Developed modules for training courses;

·         Organized 14 training courses;

·         Provided equipment for 14 madrasas according to the identified professions;

·         For today graduated 560 students;

·         65% of the graduates are employed.

 

Partners

·         State Commission on Religious Affairs;

·         Muslim Spiritual Authority of Kyrgyzstan – Muftiat;

·         Regional representatives of the Mufti;

·         Regional madrasas;

·         Private training centers;

·         Theology faculties of the universities (Islam University, Arabaev University etc.).



 https://www.facebook.com/projectmstar/

Program on Integrated Economic Development Issyk-Kul -"KARAGAT +"

Project name  

Program on Integrated Economic Development Issyk-Kul -"KARAGAT +"

Donors

Kumtor Gold Company

Duration

January 2013 – December 2018

Geography of implementation

Issyk-Kul oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Goal of the project

Through market oriented, diversified production and fostered relationships with buyers (trade and processing enterprises), rural citizens of Issyk-Kul Oblast improve their economic situation and migrate less out of the region for work.

Short description

The Kumtor Company and AVEP Public Foundation have launched their joint project, KARAGAT +", designed to give a boost to communities and expand the potential of the fruit and berry market in Kyrgyzstan. The Project area is the Issyk-Kul region, the southern coast of Lake Issyk-Kul in particular. Under this environmentally oriented Project, the Foundation will be training the farmers in the field of growing new varieties of fruit and berries, high-yield and cold- and disease-resistant, and innovative irrigation methods. AVEP experts will also provide assistance in creating a network of nursery gardens and farming goods reception centers.

Achievements

·         Organized yearly fruit and berry festival. During the festival between farmers and processors signed contract for 300 tons apricot, 400 tons apple and 130 tons of blackcurrant

·         Imported 8 varieties of the fruit trees and 12 varieties of the berry bushes and they are registered in National fruit and berry registration;

·         Organized research visits to demo plots and nursery gardens with participation of the experts from Scientific academy;

·         Developed 3 modules on “Blackcurrant”, “Greenhouse” and “Gardner”. 3 of those modules were registered on training plans of the Republican scientific-methodical center and short-term trainings suggested to students and farmers in Issyk-Kul;

·         In partner Vocational schools from short-term courses graduated 1102 farmers: from “Blackcurrant” courses 551 students were graduated, from “Greenhouse” courses 438 students were graduated and from “Gardner” courses 113 students were graduated;

·         With the help of the local training centers in 50 villages developed 100 Farmer groups (FG), and 1500 farmers are registered as members of those FG;

·         Established 33 collecting points. The owners (farmers) of the collecting points had trained on various topics. During the period of the project collecting points could sold 2025 ton apple, 1500 tons pear, 500 tons of blackcurrant etc.;

·         From 2013 to 2017 constructed 11 greenhouses in orphanages and kindergartens;

·         With the help of the project financed 8 cooling containers, area of the each cooling container consist 70 m3 and it is possible to stir 22 tons of products on each;

·         From 2013 to 2017 totally in cooling containers stored 1000 tons of fruit and berries;

Partners

·         Ministry of Agriculture of the Food Industry and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic;

·         Ministry of Culture of Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic;

·         Issyk-Kul Oblast Administration;

·         District administrations – Issyk-Kul, Jeti-Oguz, Ton, Ak-Suu, Tup;

·         Fruit and berry Nursery Associations;

·         Public Foundation “Forward”;

·         Public Foundation “Next generation”;

·         Tourist Information Center;

·         Vocational schools #55, 81, 82;

·         Training center “Bilim”;

·         Training center “Utan”;

·         Training center “Uspeh”;

·         Ltd. OSCO

·         Ltd. Coopromservice

“Women Leading Tourism” project

Project name  

Women Leading Tourism project

Donors

American organization ACDI / VOCA, USAID

Duration

April 2014 – May 2015

Geography of implementation

Issyk-Kul oblast and Kochkor district, Naryn oblast

Goal of the project

The primary objective of the Women Leading Tourism project is to connect women entrepreneurs, in the tourism sector, with the technical knowledge and expert support to stimulate the growth of their small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Short description

The project has provided real assistance in building human, social and financial capital of women entrepreneurs, owners of small and medium-sized enterprises, focused on the growth of their business in the tourism sector. Participants received increasing support measures; women entrepreneurs received training on best practices and leadership development. A number of modular courses on business management were provided, covering topics such as business planning, marketing, financial management, etc. Round tables were organized, and participation in tourist fairs and visits for the exchange of experiences were organized.

Achievements

·         Developed 3 modules: Best practices for servicing and receiving guests in guest houses. Advanced methods for servicing and attracting customers in cafes, restaurants and developing leadership qualities;

·         Within the framework of the project conducted trainings and coaching for 100 women entrepreneurs on the above given modules;

·         Additionally provided trainings on business planning, marketing and financial management;

·         In order to unite women entrepreneurs of Issyk-Kul oblast and Kochkor district and create conditions for joint work to improve business were held two regional meetings of women entrepreneurs in the field of tourism;

·         A round table was held with travel agencies on the topic "Creating networks in the promotion of tourism services." To the round table attended 24 project beneficiaries and representatives of travel agencies;

·         For active participants, the project organized participation in the “Issyk-Kul – 2015” tourism fair and experience exchange to the Chui oblast and Bishkek;

·         16 women entrepreneurs at the "Best Business Plan" competition won a grant to develop their business.

Partners

·         "Women's Leadership in Small and Medium Business" program ACDI / VOCA;

·         Training center "Utan";

·         Issyk-Kul Regional Center for Development and Education of the Population.

01.10.2014
 

”Promotion of Issyk-Kul as a tourist region” project

Project name  

Promotion of Issyk-Kul as a tourist region,

Tourist Information Centre (TIC)

Donors

USAID

Duration

January 2011 – December 2013

Geography of implementation

Bishkek city, Issyk-Kul oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Goal of the project

The overall goal of the TIC is to contribute to the development of Issyk-Kul as an attractive region, and to establish its presence as highly desirable local, regional and international tourist destination.

Short description

The project is aimed at promoting local economic development of Issyk-Kul through the functioning of the Tourist Information Center, whose goal is to provide reliable and full information, both for tourists and residents of the region, who plan to visit and discover Issyk-Kul. Visitors\tourists can contact to the center for any advice and reference information, as well as get a map of Issyk-Kul, buy souvenirs and guidebooks.

Achievements

·         Developed database on tourist sites;

·         Developed tours to the sights of Issyk-Kul;

·         Served more than 3000 tourists, provided information about the region, tours, etc.;

·         Two offices were opened within the framework of the project, one in Balykchy and the other in Bishkek;

Partners

·         Ministry of Culture of Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic;

·         Issyk-Kul Oblast Administration;

·         District administrations - Issyk-Kul, Jeti-Oguz, Ton, Ak-Suu, Tup;

·         Travel companies in Kyrgyzstan;

·         Association of tour operators.

Expanding access to modern education and increasing the income of rural residents

Project name  

Expanding access to modern education and increasing the income of rural residents

Donors

The European Union

Duration

February 2012 –  September 2013

Geography of implementation

Countrywide

 

Goal of the project

The goal of the action was to achieve the greater contribution and impact to the national Vocational Education and Training system in its activities towards better management, market-oriented and accessible education services provided to the population.

 

Short description

Assistance in implementation of innovative approaches in the sphere of education and contribution to the reform of the education system of the Kyrgyz Republic. A project designed to expand access to modern and innovative vocational training for better employment and increase income of rural residents by improving the capacity of rural training providers to respond flexibly to labor market demands. The project is based on three main activities - strengthening the capacity of key stakeholders in the system of vocational education (vet), the creation of social partnership at the regional level, and the introduction of innovations in vet at the national level.

 

Achievements

·         Signed memorandum    about implementation of the project with Agency of Vocational Education (AVE) and Republic Science Methodical Center (RSMC) and fixing of the work plan by AVE;

·         23 workers form RCMC and AVE, 63 heads of administrations, 190 teachers form VS’s improved their qualifications;

·         On the base of Labor Market was identified 14 professions;

·         Schools were provided with modular packages and the workshop classrooms were equipped with modern equipment and interactive boards  

·         Every schools uses a web-portal

·         Learning new specialties  carried  out on the base on a modular system , used  an interactive method of teaching, among them for 4 professions were worked out modular packages;

·         1706 students in 14 professions got education in short term courses from 20 vocational schools and 1 education center;

·         For graduates were conducted tracer study by vocational schools;

·         In every oblast was form a regional working group, they closely cooperated with vocational schools;

·         The tools, which worked out by the project, was given to Agency of Vocational Schools and Republic Science of Methodical Center:

ü Reference book  for Labor Market

ü The basis  line assessment and the tracer study  conception

ü Monitoring and couching conceptions

ü Management of methodological and vocational technic training programs.

ü Strategic plans

 

Partners

·         Ministry of education and science of the Kyrgyzstan;

·         Agency of Vocational Education under the Ministry of education and science of the Kyrgyzstan;

·         Vocational schools of the Kyrgyzstan;

·         Republic Science Methodical Center

·         Private training centers;

·         International and national experts

·         NGO ICCO

·         Ministry of Labor, Migration and Youth

Project “Tourism – Skills Training in Rural Areas”

Project name

Tourism – Skills Training in Rural Areas (T-STAR)

Donors

Lichtenstein Development Service, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

Duration

January 2009December 2014

Geography of implementation

Issyk-Kul oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Goal of the project

Contribute to the development and institutionalization of training offers in the hospitality sector, which lead to improved income opportunities for employed and increased chances on the labour market for unemployed rural and semi-urban adults.

Short description

Under the framework of the T-STAR project, was established “The School of Hospitality Training Hotel”, which offers short-term and mobile courses in tourism field to the local population of the Issyk-Kul region for the acquisition of a new profession and the upgrading of the already existing employees of hotels and restaurants:

·         Waiter - 7 days + practice;

·         Maid - 3 days + practice;

·         Basics of hospitality - 2 days + practice;

·         Cook for beginners - 10 days + practice;

·         Cook for the continuer - 7 days + practice;

·         Receptionist - 3 days + practice;

·         Floriculturist-landscaper - 5 days + practice;

·         Confectioner - 5 days + practice;

·         Guide - 3 days + practice.

The courses are developed according to the methodology of the International Labor Organization in cooperation with teachers from Kyrgyz Turkish University "Manas" and independent experts-trainers. For the best mastering of the material on the courses, much attention is paid to practical exercises, so that the trainees acquire the necessary working skills.

Courses are different from other topics that are held on the basis of working hotels and restaurants, which are called Training Hotels. At present 16 leading hotels in the Issyk-Kul region working as Training hotels and regularly provide their base for conducting courses.

The activities of the School of Hospitality Training Hotel in Issyk-Kul region are carried out by two training centers located in the Karakol and Cholpon-Ata towns.

The project was implemented in 4 stages:

·         2009 - Pilot phase of the project;

·         2010-2011 Phase I;

·         2012-2013 Phase II;

·         2014 Phase III.

Achievements

·         Strengthened capacity of 2 training centers;

·         9 training courses were developed;

·         More than 40 trainers in the field of hospitality have been trained;

·         20 Training Hotels continue to train the local population at their base;

·         Over 1,600 people have been trained.

Partners

·         Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation in the Kyrgyz Republic;

·         2 training centers in the city of Cholpon-Ata and Karakol;

·         Kyrgyz-Turkish University "Manas"

·         143 cafes and hotels of Issyk-Kul region;

·         State Employment Service of the Kyrgyz Republic


https://www.facebook.com/Training-Hotel-176253139079362/?fref=ts


Project “Agricultural Skills Training in Rural Areas”

Project name  

Project “Agricultural Skills Training in Rural Areas” (A-STAR)

Donors

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation   

Duration

June 2007 – December 2012

Geography of implementation

Naryn, Talas, Chui, Issyk-Kul and Batken oblasts, Kyrgyzstan

 

Goal of the project

Assistance in mobilizing financial resources from local financial sources, as well as national and international donors, to cover the operating costs of vocational schools related to training.

 

Short description

The project was making efforts to ensure sustainability through the introduction of the idea of co-financing through local bodies of vocational training - KOJO, which mobilize financial resources from various sources to cover the operating costs of courses for rural residents. In addition, students of the course had the opportunity to improve their skills in working with credit resources - the students of the course had the opportunity to obtain micro-loans for the implementation of their own business projects and in parallel improve practical skills during student practice in farms.
"KOJO" - as the name itself says, acts as the "master" of the professional course and unifies (unites or acts on behalf of) the parties both the local community and state authorities, and other sectors of society that have provided financial resources and are responsible for the sustainable organization of the course.


 

Achievements

·         Fourteen new modular blocks were additionally identified for 2010 meeting the requirements of the International Labor Organization methodology, and became approved by the State Agency for Vocational Education and Training under the Government, and these 14 modules were translated into Kyrgyz;

·         The development strategies of seven Vocational Schools for the years of 2010-2017 for were elaborated;

·         337 teachers and masters were provided various topical training courses and methodological backstopping support;

·         Internet access was provided to all seven Vocational Schools;

·         A study was conducted and priority branches were identified taking into consideration strategic development trends in Kyrgyzstan by the two independent Green Economy sector organizations;

·         2,938,465 Kyrgyz Soms were accumulated by KOJO Funds

 

Partners

·         Ministry of education and science of the Kyrgyzstan;

·         Agency of Vocational Education under the Ministry of education and science of the Kyrgyzstan;

·         Vocational schools of the Kyrgyzstan;

·         Republic Science Methodical Center

·         Private training centers;

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