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28 April, 2016
The GIZ, on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and with the support of the UNEVOC Centre ‘TVET for Sustainable Development’ has initiated a Regional Programme for Private Sector Development in the South Caucasus with the aim of supporting technical and vocational education and training (TVET) reforms in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The project will focus on, amongst other things, the development of teaching personnel.
The start of the ‘Master Trainer in TVET’ programme for the South Caucasus was announced during an opening ceremony held on 11 April 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The ceremony was attended by Ms Ketevan Natriashvili, Deputy Minister of the Georgian Ministry of Science and Education, the GIZ Country Director Georgia, and the GIZ Programme Director of the Private Sector Development Programme in the South Caucasus. The Regional Programme for Private Sector Development in the South Caucasus is in line with the EU4 Business Initiative and the South Caucasus Initiative of the German government, as well as the goals and targets laid out in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
The project will be implemented with the support of the UNEVOC Centre ‘TVET for Sustainable Development’ in Germany. The UNEVOC Centre is a consortium including the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, the GIZ and the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation. The ‘Master Trainer in TVET’ programme will be developed in cooperation with the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg and will train teachers from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The training will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia, and in Germany, and students who take place in the teacher training programme will receive 60 ECTS credits. These credits can be transferred and enable TVET teachers to complete their Master’s Degree programmes.