EU and UNDP Support the State Agency on Vocational Education in organizing Online Learning for VET Students in Azerbaijan in times of COVID19

Baku, 24 September 2020 – The European Union, the United Nations Development Programme and the State Agency on Vocational Education (SAVE) continue to produce online lessons for students of vocational education schools in Azerbaijan.

This year, apart from video lessons on different specialties, digital resources for main courses of the curriculum are also being prepared. These video lessons will be aired on national TV channels to help students to continue their classes at home during the pandemic. To date, a series of online lessons have been produced per different specialties.

The lessons cover vocational trainings for entrepreneurship, personal development and career guidance, information technologies, also computer programming and fashion design specialties. They will be broadcasted during “Class Time” programme on ARB Gunesh TV starting from 25 September 2020 and will also be available on digital platforms including YouTube channel of SAVE.

The TV lessons will aim to improve the theoretical and practical knowledge of students giving opportunity to learning for everyone including students with no access to internet. All lessons will also be available on the VIDEO.EDU.AZ portal of the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan.

The lessons have been recorded and produced as part of the “Establishment of Regional Vocational Education and Training Centre of Excellence in the Lankaran Economic Region project” and “Support to the establishment of Regional Industrial Vocational Education and Training (VET) Competence Centre in Ganja” projects, funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP and the State Agency on Vocational Education with the aim to strengthen and modernise Azerbaijan’s vocational education and training system.

Media contact:

For media inquiries, please contact Dilara Umudova, Communications Officer for UNDP in Azerbaijan at dilara.umudova@undp.org.

Gulnara Bayramova, Press and Information Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan at gulnara.bayramova@eeas.europa.eu.

EU funded training on recognition of informal and non-formal learning organized by UNDP, the State Agency on Vocational Education and the Agency for Provision of Quality in Education

Baku, 23 September 2020 – An EU-funded two-days expert training programme on the recognition of informal and non-formal learning was organized by UNDP, the State Agency on Vocational Education and Education Quality Assurance Agency, bringing together VET experts, private sector representatives and field consultants.

The training covered procedures on conducting theoretical and practical assessments of citizens who wish to document and validate their knowledge and skills.

Once these assessments are carried out, the citizens will receive certificates that will help increase their chances to find a job or to take their career to a new level. The promotion of certified recognition of informal and non-formal learning is expected to open new opportunities for skilled and competent workforce on Azerbaijan’s labour market.

The first validation exams will take place this month for candidates wishing to certify their knowledge on plastering and drywall systems. The exams will be organised by the support of the Agency for Provision of Quality in Education and “Knauf Marketing Baku” – the international company experienced on production of construction materials. The special exam commission chaired by the Agency for Provision of Quality in Education will do the assessment and provide certificates to the candidates with high results.

This training programme organised prior to the exams is implemented as part of the “Support to the establishment of Regional Industrial Vocational Education and Training (VET) Competence Centre in Ganja” project, funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP and the State Agency on Vocational Education with the aim to strengthen and modernise Azerbaijan’s vocational education and training system.

Media contact:

For media inquiries, please contact Dilara Umudova, Communications Officer for UNDP in Azerbaijan at dilara.umudova@undp.org.

Gulnara Bayramova, Press and Information Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan at gulnara.bayramova@eeas.europa.eu.

UN75: The Future We Want, The UN We Need

New York, 21 September 2020 – Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s worldwide consultation reveals a strong call for action on inequalities and climate change, as well as more solidarity.

In January 2020, the United Nations launched the global consultation to mark its 75th anniversary. Through surveys and dialogues, it asked people about their hopes and fears for the future – representing the UN’s most ambitious effort to date to understand expectations of international cooperation and of the UN in particular.  It is also the largest survey to date on priorities for recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 21 September 2020, over a million people from all countries and all walks of life had taken part. Their answers provide unique insights into what the public wants at this challenging time for the world. They are released today to coincide with the UN General Assembly’s official commemoration of the 75th anniversary, held under the banner: the future we want, the UN we need. Key findings include:

Priorities for action

·        Across regions, ages and social groups, respondents were broadly united in their priorities for the future.

·        Amid the current COVID-19 crisis, the immediate priority for most respondents is improved access to basic services – healthcare, safe water, sanitation and education, followed by greater international solidarity and increased support to those hardest hit. This includes tackling inequalities and rebuilding a more inclusive economy.

·        Looking to the future, the overwhelming concerns are the climate crisis and the destruction of our natural environment. Other priorities include: ensuring greater respect for human rights, settling conflicts, tackling poverty and reducing corruption.

Perceptions of the UN

·        Over 87% of respondents believe global cooperation is vital to deal with today’s challenges, and that the pandemic has made international cooperation more urgent.

·        Seventy-five years after its founding, six in 10 respondents believe the UN has made the world a better place. Looking to the future, 74% see the UN as “essential” in tackling the challenges.

·        However, respondents want the UN to change and innovate: to be more inclusive of the diversity of actors in the 21st century, and to become more transparent, accountable and effective.


Across this anniversary year, we have engaged in a global conversation. And the results are striking.

People are thinking big – they are also expressing an intense yearning for international cooperation and global solidarity. Now is the time to respond to these aspirations and realize these aims. In this 75th anniversary year, we face our own 1945 moment. We must meet that moment. We must show unity like never before to overcome today’s emergency, get the world moving and working and prospering again, and uphold the vision of the Charter.” – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Full report and press kit: https://www.un.org/un75/presskit
Join the conversation: www.un75.online

Background

  • In January 2020, the UN Secretary-General launched the UN75 initiative, not as a celebration, but as the world’s largest conversation about current global challenges, and the gap between the future we want and where we are headed if current trends continue. 
  • The Secretary-General saw UN75 as an opportunity for the UN to listen to the people it serves and identify their priorities and suggestions for enhanced global cooperation. UN75 was initiated to better understand people’s hopes and fears for the future, inviting people everywhere to imagine the future they want and contribute ideas on how to make it a reality, building a better and more sustainable world, for all.
  • Through formal and informal surveys, and dialogues held across the world, the exercise was intended to take stock of global concerns and gain views from across the world on what sort of global cooperation is required. It was also intended to re-imagine what role the United Nations might play in helping to address our global challenges.
  • After the pandemic made in-person gatherings challenging in many parts of the world, the initiative increased its efforts to reach people online, expanding the one-minute survey and social media outreach to shift the dialogues to online settings, where possible. At the same time, it put more emphasis – and resources – on reaching those without internet access: working with UN offices and other partners on the ground, and through telephone and SMS communications. 
  • By adding questions on building back better from the pandemic, it was able to conduct the largest and most diverse global survey to date on post-COVID priorities. 
  • To date, over 1 million people have taken the one-minute survey in all UN Member and Observer States and more than 1,000 dialogues have been held in 82 countries across the world. In addition, 50,000 in 50 countries took part in independent polling by Edelman and the Pew Research Center, and artificial intelligence analysis of social and traditional media was conducted in 70 countries, along with academic and policy research mappings in all regions.
  • Together, they represent the UN’s most ambitious attempt to undertake a global reality check and hear from “we the peoples” on their priorities and suggested solutions to global challenges, providing unique insights into the future we want and the UN we need.

For further information and/or to request an interview, please contact Lisa Laskaridis (lisa.laskaridis@un.org)

IOM Azerbaijan continues renovation works in kahrizes located in Aghdam region

Baku, 16 September 2020 – Kankans of IOM Azerbaijan started rehabilitation works in the Heyvali kahriz located in the Ahmadaghali village of the Aghdam district within the current IOM Project “Integrated Rural Development for IDP communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of Kahriz Water Supply System” financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency. This is the third kahriz that rehabilitation work started, now using the new technology. In total 26 wells for Heyvali kahriz will be drilled by a vertical auger drilling machine. This new technology makes it possible to achieve large drilling depths in a relatively short amount of time without labor needs.

Heyvali kahriz beneficiaries are all the IDPs from Banovshali settlement and community of Ahmadaghali village.

The four-year project aims to provide safe and consistent water supplies for over 8,000 families in rural areas of Aghdam, Aghjabedi, Barda, Fuzuli, Ganja, Gazakh, Goranboy and Goygol districts through the renovation of over 40 kahrizes – a man-made, centuries-old, traditional water-supply system that does not need electricity or fossil fuel to function. In addition to the renovating the kahrizes, the project has components that involve capacity building, business development and a strong engagement with academia.

IOM Azerbaijan holds community awareness raising training in regions

Baku, 10 September –  IOM Azerbaijan staff held four distinct community awareness raising training for a community members of Mireshelli village located in Aghdam district within “Integrated Rural Development for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of the Kahriz Water Supply System” project implemented by IOM Azerbaijan and financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Training covered fields such as community safety, effective use of water, kahriz maintenance, and COVID-19 prevention.  

Alongside with the training, IOM staff distributed COVID-19 prevention posters and sanitation items (disposable masks and hand sanitizers) to the community members and displayed information posters in strategic locations of the village.

IOM are planning to provide COVID-19 prevention training and sanitation items (disposable masks and hand sanitizers) to the beneficiaries in 40 communities in 8 project target areas. 

The above mentioned four-year project aims to provide safe and consistent water supplies for over 8,000 families in rural areas of Aghdam, Aghjabedi, Barda, Fuzuli, Ganja, Gazakh, Goranboy and Goygol districts through the renovation of over 40 kahrizes – a man-made, centuries-old, traditional water-supply system that does not need electricity or fossil fuel to function. In addition to the renovating the kahrizes, the project has components that involve capacity building, business development and a strong engagement with academia. 

IOM Azerbaijan conducts monitoring visits to its project fields

Baku, 9 September 2020 – IOM Azerbaijan conducted monitoring visits to Guba, Gusar, Khachmaz, Lankaran and Zagatala regions within the framework of the project “Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity” implemented with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). During the visits, the supported micro-entrepreneurship activities were reviewed, the beneficiaries were provided with basic safety items, and PPEs (Personal Protection Equipment) – such as gloves, facemasks, dust masks, eyeglasses, safety shoes, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and at the same time they were given initial instructions on occupational safety. Continue reading “IOM Azerbaijan conducts monitoring visits to its project fields”

EU and WHO deliver medical supplies for patients with COVID-19

Baku, 07 September 2020 – The European Union (EU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today handed over 129 oxygen concentrators and 60 pulse oximeters to Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Health, to help patients recover from severe illness due to COVID-19.

The equipment was procured by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, with funding from the EU, through the Solidarity for Health Initiative.

Oxygen concentrators are a non-invasive way of providing oxygen to patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Such supplemental oxygen is the first essential step for the treatment of severe COVID-19 patients with low blood oxygen levels and should be a primary focus for treatment.

The pulse oximeters supplied will help monitor patients by measuring their blood oxygen levels.

“As a part of Team Europe, the EU program “Solidarity for Health Initiative” continues to support the health system of our partner country Azerbaijan, first, through delivery of personal protective equipment, and now with essential medical devices which will help to save lives”, said Kestutis Jankauskas, Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan.

“We are very pleased that with the Solidarity for Health Initiative we are contributing to the national efforts of and hopefully, making a difference in Azerbaijan”, said Hande Harmanci, WHO Representative in Azerbaijan. “Such equipment is crucial in preventing serious disease and deaths in people who need oxygen therapy. Providing appropriate care in hospitals is extremely important while we try our best to prevent transmission of the disease within the communities.”

“We are grateful to our partners to receive the best type of oxygen concentrators and pulse oximeters”, said Rahim Aliyev, Deputy Minister of Health. “These supplies from the EU and WHO to Azerbaijan will be used to treat severely ill patients with respiratory distress at designated COVID-19 treatment health-care facilities”.

In the first phase of the project, the PPEs were delivered 86 healthcare facilities in Baku and regions to help enable health-care workers in Azerbaijan to respond effectively and safely to the COVID-19 pandemic. EU and WHO also organized 8 face-to-face and 7 online training sessions for health care professionals, who will in turn train more health care workers on the latest methods in managing and supporting COVID-19 patients.

The donation of these critical supplies is part of the European Union’s response to the outbreak of COVID-19, currently affecting more than 216 countries and territories. On 27 March 2020, the European Union announced an assistance package of €30 million to help prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in six countries of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, including Azerbaijan.

The funds are being used initially to meet immediate emergency needs, such as procuring essential supplies and training for health-care workers and frontline responders. In the longer term, the assistance will go towards strengthening the country’s capacity to respond to public health emergencies.

The project builds upon the European Union’s and WHO’s ongoing support to Azerbaijan.

For further information, contact:

Fanara Bunyadzada, Communication Officer for the WHO CO in Azerbaijan

Gulnara Bayramova, Press Officer for the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan

Parviz Abubakirov, Press Officer of the Ministry of Health

EU funded project for modernising Vocational Education in Azerbaijan kicks off

Baku, 7 September 2020 – The European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Education have signed a new project worth EUR 5.6 million to strengthen the quality of the vocational education system (VET) in Azerbaijan and to improve its image and attractiveness among young people.

The four-year project, funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP, will support the State Agency on Vocational Education in modernizing VET institutions to deliver competence-based training that is tailored to the current needs of the labour market.

“The EU is continuously supporting Azerbaijan to move to a new economic structure driven by a diversified, efficient and innovative non-oil sector,” explains EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan Kestutis Jankauskas, “A skilled and competent workforce is critical to achieving this goal.”
The new project aims to promote innovation and update the infrastructure and equipment of seven selected providers of vocational education, as well as to help develop the capacities of all VET providers throughout Azerbaijan. More than 5,000 students will directly benefit from the modernisation of these institutions.

The project will also cover several different areas, such as career guidance services, skills development through digitalization, cooperation with the private sector and the procurement of equipment and supplies to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

The Director of the State Agency on Vocational Education, Parviz Yusifov, stressed the importance of the partnership: “This initiative will help create a sustainable platform for collaboration, bringing together all key stakeholders to change the attitude and the discourse around vocational education and provide market-driven and future-focused changes in education provision.”

UNDP’s Resident Representative Alessandro Fracassetti added: “Ensuring quality education will prepare Azerbaijan’s skilled youth for the future of work and will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting inclusive and quality learning opportunities for all.”

This project is fully funded by the EU under its ‘Education for Employment’ Programme.

Media contact:

For media inquiries, please contact Dilara Umudova, Communications Officer for UNDP in Azerbaijan at dilara.umudova@undp.org.
Gulnara Bayramova, Press and Information Officer at the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan at gulnara.bayramova@eeas.europa.eu.

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