Education & Skills

Education & Skills

Transition from Education to Employment

The objective of the project, implemented with the funding of the European Union, is to support socio-economic development in Shirak region by improving the synergy between Vocational Educational and Training (VET) institutions and the private sector.

For this purpose, VET institutions’ capacities are being enhanced, new mechanisms for VET-private sector coordination and work-based learning (WBL) are being established, as well as apprenticeships schemes in short non-formal courses piloted in the agriculture and textile sectors. As a result, the quality and relevance of the target VET institutions’ services will be improved, gaps between the education level and private sector requirements are diminished, thus increasing the employability of VET students. 

The project activities aim at enhancing the capacities of 4 VET institutions in Shirak region to monitor the labor market, improving cooperation with the business sector, and facilitating the introduction of WBL․

A new partnership between VET institutions and private businesses are established. Thus VET-Private Sector Coordination Platforms will be established with the participation of the VET institutions, private sector, and other stakeholders like GIZ (German Corporation for International Cooperation) and State Employment Agency (SEA). 

The 4 VET institutions are piloting the innovative approach of the dual system and Work-based learning by modernizing their textile and agribusiness sectorial curricula, introducing WBL component, as well as, by developing and piloting market-based short-term courses for the unemployed. The VETs and business sectors utilize GIZ experience through study visits to GIZ’s ongoing WBL sites and experience sharing other events.

Amasia Craftsman State School (ACSS) serves as the core pilot site and model for the other three target VET institutions in Shirak marz (Maralik Craftsman State School, Artik State College, Shirak State Agricultural College).  

As a result, students participate in the apprenticeships within the piloted short-term courses and private companies gain access to a better-skilled workforce. 

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Past Activities

Let's talk about films in Southern Caucasus (CAUCADOC)

Let's talk about films in Southern Caucasus (CAUCADOC)

CAUCADOC was implemented in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan in 2012-2014. The project was the result of joint efforts of the South Caucasus partner organizations, Sakdoc Film and Media Initiatives Centre, co-financed by the EU Eastern Partnership Culture Program and the Czech Development Agency.

The objective behind CAUCADOC was to promote documentary filmmaking in the South Caucasus and to educate children and raise public awareness through films. In the course of the project implementation, the People in Need NGO made use of its experience of organizing “One World” human rights international documentary film festival.     

Within the framework of CAUCADOC “Teaching through Documentary Films” teaching method was implemented in both Armenia and Georgia.
In 2012-2014, 1300 teachers from Armenia and Georgia attended professional development courses due to collaborative efforts by the National Institute of Education in Armenia and the National Center for Teachers’ Professional Development in Georgia, respectively.
Trainings were conducted by local and international experts. All trainees obtained the “Teaching through Documentary Films” educational toolkit comprised of a teacher manual and film DVD.  
Due to the classes held by trained teachers, 18 500 schoolchildren in RA and Georgia improved their knowledge on human rights, respective social issues, and civic initiatives skills likewise.
In 2014, memoranda of cooperation were signed: in Armenia with the National Institute of Education, in Georgia with National Center for Teachers’ Professional Development; within this scope, the method was incorporated into the teacher professional development program.

Within the framework of CAUCADOC, regional documentary film festivals were held in 22 communities in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.
The objective behind this was to develop a culture of screening and using documentary films, and after the viewing, sessions to promote subsequent topic-based discussions on different levels. The cinematheque consisted of 28 international and local films on human rights, tolerance, migration, environment, and other related issues.  
In total, over 10 000 people participated in the festivals.
Within the scope of CAUCADOC, Masterclasses for local filmmakers were held in Armenia and Georgia.
During the key regional film festivals (Golden Apricot, Batumi Art House Film Festival, and Tbilisi International Film Festival) Masterclasses and lectures were held for a wider community of documentary filmmakers. The Masterclasses were conducted by experts from Europe. In 2012-2014, there were 7 Masterclasses held with about 300 specialists concerned. 

Intensive training courses for gifted and active filmmakers
Intensive training courses on skills and capacity building were held for 26 local teams of filmmakers from Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. As a result, each team developed a film project, of which seven projects received local and international awards in 2012-2013.  These are Pirimze; Biblioteka; Holy Cow; Long Gardens; The Things; Ikarus.

CAUCADOC created an opportunity to voice the problems in film production and discuss these with responsible parties.  
Issues related to documentary films and filmmaking, in general, were brought up for discussion on national and regional levels by local and international experts, professionals, and other stakeholders. The key objective was to contribute to the development of documentary filmmaking in Armenia and Georgia.