Eurasia local governments are actively taking steps implementing SDG #4 Quality Education in the context of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some examples.
In Tashkent the Unemployed Will Be Trained According to the Worldskills Standards
In Uzbekistan a project on vocational training of the unemployed and low-income population has been developed. The new system of vocational training consists of the “Ishga Markhamat” monocenters in Kara-Kalpak and regions, as well as vocational training centers of the Labor Ministry in Kara-Kalpak districts, regions and Tashkent. To establish non-governmental vocational training institutions it is envisaged to provide buildings for monocenters upon the recommendation of local governments and citizens’ self-governing bodies. Competencies of graduates of the “Ishga Markhamat” monocenters and vocational training centers based on the WorldSkills standards are assessed, as well as qualifications passports – Skills passports – acknowledged in Uzbekistan and abroad are issued.
For this purpose it is envisaged to allocate 150 billion soms for technical re-equipment, repair, purchase of equipment and materials, current maintenance and payment of salaries to teachers and masters of industrial training of the “Ishga Markhamat” monocenters and vocational training centers, as well as 50 billion soms – to finance projects of winners of the contest “The Best Vocational Training Program”.
Measures being taken will allow to render 800,000 citizens and legal entities state labor and employment services, to provide about 410,000 women and over 300,000 employable young people with jobs.
The Moscow Municipality Pays for an Internship of Graduates
The Moscow Municipality has launched a project on the recruitment of graduates for a paid internship in the social sector institutions. Graduates will be able to practice in flagship job centers, educational institutions, polyclinics and offices of state services. Since August 10, graduates of institutions of higher education and colleges have been selected for the paid internship in institutions of the social development complex of the capital. This project will help young specialists to gain professional experience.
500 graduates can take part in this program. For them positions in 11 areas such as social assistant, education employee, specialist of the “Moi dokumenty” state services center, assistant to a staff member of the Main Archival Department, etc. are open.
In Nur-Sultan Schoolchildren will Study Online
Since September 1, the academic year in all schools of the capital will start remotely for pupils from 1st to 11 grades. It is planned that on-duty classes for primary school students will function upon an application of parents. In addition, all sanitary measures will be strictly observed. For distance-learning it is important that teachers and students are provided with computers and Internet. For today, the need of teachers and pupils for this equipment has been identified, and the procurement is planned. The provision of computers and Internet for students from socially vulnerable families will be mandatory. These are orphans, children from low-income families, children with special educational needs and children from large families.
In Ufa Children Are Provided with School Packs
The charity campaign “Help to Prepare for a School” is taking place in Ufa. Till August 31, “Family” inter-district centers will receive school supplies for disabled children, orphans, children deprived of parental care, children from large, low-income, and single-parent families in difficulty for the purpose of their preparation for a new academic year.
School packs collected will be sent to families registered in the institutions of social support for the population subordinate to the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Bashkortostan.
Kazan – School Restaurants and Free Nutrition for All
In Kazan, all students of a junior school – from 1st to 4th grades – since September 1, 2019, will eat for free. “We have always sought to provide as many children as possible with hot meals. According to this indicator, Kazan is the leader among other major cities,” Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin highlighted.
Besides, during several years, particular attention is being paid to school renovation and reconstruction of canteens in the city. Within a period of seven years 65 canteens of the School Restaurant format have appeared in Kazan schools, where more comfortable conditions for children have been created. This is a place where they can not only eat, but sit in cozy atmosphere, do homework, and talk with their classmates. The creation of cozy atmosphere is essentially reduced to repair and furniture refurbishment– sofas, and bar counters are installed.
In Sebastopol, on the eve of the new academic year all teachers and staffers of pre-school, school, as well as special secondary education establishments have been tested for coronavirus. The examination was carried out by the polymerase chain reaction method.
A unique center of additional education has been built in Presnya Street in Moscow. It is the International Creative Technologies School TUMO. There are no teachers and marks. However, one can on his own study graphic design and robotics, 3D modeling and development of computer games, music, filmmaking and animation.
"Creative technologies – creation of software and computer games, cinema and animation, new media, design and others – are a driver of the development of many world cities”, Mayor of the city Sergey Sobyanin said when opening the center.
This is a great direction for Moscow, extremely popular and very up-to-date. I consider that it will develop and will be in high demand". He thanked enterprises that had invested money into the development of creative education in the capital city and had provided children with comfortable space. The building with an area of 1,000 square meters is equipped with an educational atrium – a 90-seat amphitheater, rooms for seminars, recording studios, robotics studios with Lego Mindstorms designers, as well as a recreation area on the roof. Professional equipment – 65 iMac computers, DSLR cameras and video cameras, graphic stations and tablets with Wacom RFID interface, and 3D printers are at students’ disposal as well.
As a reminder, the International Creative Technologies School TUMO with headquarters in Yerevan was founded in 2011. Nowadays such schools are located in Paris, Beirut, and it is planned to open schools in Berlin, Tokyo, and California. During nine years of the school’s existence, over 50,000 children have been trained. In Moscow it will open in October. No special training and testing for admission is required. Up to 2,000 children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be able to study both online and offline. 100 most talented children will study free of charge. Training under one educational program will take from 10 months to two years. Graduates will form a portfolio of implemented creative projects that will help them to enter a college or an institute of higher education where a creative competition is obligatory.
Source: The “Eurasia Local Governments” Magazine