The Central Asian Education Platform

The Central Asian Education Platform (CAEP) is a key pillar of the European Education Initiative for Central Asia which is to “contribute to the adaptation of education systems of Central Asian States to the needs to the globalised world” as well as the necessities of the region and the societies in each particular country.

Objective

The CAEP is being established to increase cooperation between the European Union and Central Asia, and to improve regional cooperation between Central Asian countries in order to reinforce their education sector reforms. It also aims at better coordinating donors’ activities in the education sector.

Tasks

The main tasks of the Project are to develop and implement a CA education platform by:

  1. Initiating, preparing, implementing and wrapping up a needs-oriented national and regional dialogue in the education sector;
  2. Communicating and disseminating the results of the dialogue forums and other achievements of technical assistance in education
  3. Preparing, feeding and wrapping up the regional and national dialogue with supplementary research studies

Contents

The CAEP includes the whole education system and focuses on two main components:

  • Higher education;
  • Vocational education and training.

CAEP uses, improves and further disseminates programmes and projects that are already in place in Central Asia and have proved highly successful, for example:

  • Tempus Programme;
  • Erasmus Mundus Exchange Programme;
  • ETF projects.

Within the CAEP, they will be focused strictly on the needs of the education systems in the CA region, and of the

societies in the particular countries.

Expected Results

The CAEP will contribute towards designing and providing education services leading to higher competitiveness and productivity in the CA countries. Education of young people in, and based on, principles of rule of law, democracy, good governance, market economy, etc., will produce multipliers of values to which the EU has committed itself and which it also wants to share with CA countries.

The CAEP Project will lead to the following results:

  1. Europe/CA education sector dialogue is improved;
  2. Quality of mutual multi-country learning is improved, lessons learned, best/good practices shared;
  3. Evidence-based policy approach is initiated;
  4. People-to-people exchange and mutual understanding are enhanced;
  5. Support to local stakeholders to better implement education reform programmes at all institutional levels is improved;
  6. Capacity of policy makers through policy analysis and learning is enhanced.