The DVV International team in Kyrgyzstan
Vocational education course on sewing, Batken Training Centre, Kyzyl Bel village
Training on "Penitentiary psychology. Social support" with prison staff and government representatives, Issykkul region
Mountains in the Issykkul region
Since 2002, DVV International has supported adult education and lifelong learning in Kyrgyzstan; a country office was opened in Bishkek in 2012.
In 2014, the country – with 5.65 million inhabitants – was ranked 125th on the Human Development Index of the United Nations, which covers 187 countries. Therefore, Kyrgyzstan is one of a group of countries with “medium-level human development”. Through courses for non-formal vocational and civic education, DVV International supports socially disadvantaged groups in Kyrgyzstan, including the unemployed, prisoners, socially disadvantaged young people and women. The country office also further strengthens the capacity of adult education institutions and their representatives, thus contributing to improving the quality of education in the country. Through policy advice, the conducting of studies and the transfer of German and European practices in the field of adult education and lifelong learning, it also contributes to the sustainable improvement of the framework of the education sector in Kyrgyzstan.
Improvement of educational offers for socially disadvantaged groups: For socially disadvantaged groups such as the unemployed, prisoners, women and young people from rural areas, labour market oriented training courses are offered in cooperation with adult education centres in different provinces of Kyrgyzstan
Strengthening the capacity of adult education centres in Kyrgyzstan: In order to improve the quality of the courses offered, DVV International works in different regions of the Republic with the Kyrgyz adult education centres. This includes the further training of educational and administrative personnel, the updating of curricula and the preparing of materials.
Strengthening of the Kyrgyz Adult Education Association: DVV International contributes to strengthening of the Kyrgyz Adult Education Association and supports it in its civil society engagement and in its role as stakeholder representative of adult education. Moreover, DVV International promotes cooperation of the association with other adult education networks from the Central Asian region, but also with trans-national networks such as ASPBAE, the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education.
Promoting the national and international exchange of issues related to adult education: Through consultation, study tours and the organisation of roundtables and conferences in collaboration with national and international actors, DVV International contributes to the improvement of conditions in the education sector. In order to promote international exchanges, DVV International supports the participation of Kyrgyz adult educators as well as decision-makers in regional and international events.
Among the partners of DVV International in Kyrgyzstan, both state and non-state actors are included. State partners of DVV International are the State Prison System Administration and the Agency for Vocational Training at the Ministry of Youth, Labour and Employment of the Kyrgyz Republic. The non-governmental partners include the Kyrgyz Adult Education Association (KAEA) and its member organisations – adult education centres and the non-governmental organisations “Institute of Youth development” and “Youth of Osh”. An international partner is the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE).