Enhancing social inclusion of people with disabilities through mainstreaming inclusive approach into the vocational trainings institutions
What is the project about
Turkmenistan acceded to the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (PWDs) in 2008 and ratified its Optional Protocol in 2010. The national legislation envisions protection of right of persons with disabilities and guarantees their equal access to education, health services, and social welfare benefits.
A new Social Security Code of Turkmenistan, issued in 2012, aligns with many articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and expands opportunities for people with disabilities. The Government continues to demonstrate strong commitment to the introduction of social oriented policies and opportunities to create employment for people with disabilities (e.g. quotas for employers for hiring people with disabilities).
A new Law of Turkmenistan on Education issued in May 2013 contains articles, which guarantee inclusive education, special educational standards, adaptive programs, and social support for children with disabilities.
At the same time, different challenges remain in the area of integration and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Labor rehabilitation for people with disabilities has been widely recognized as one of the best ways for their full inclusion in society life.
The overall objective of the project is to promote employment opportunities for people with Disabilities (PWDs) through mainstreaming an inclusive approach into selected vocational training institutions. The project strategy focuses on four major areas as follows:
1. Establish a forum to engage relevant stakeholders, to discuss a design for an inclusive model to facilitate PWDs to participate in training courses conducted by selected vocational institutions, in keeping with the revised legislation.
2. Review and revise the current Ministry of Textile vocational training programme (existing 10 month programme) together with Ministries of Education with the view to integrate an inclusive model ensuring the needs of the PWDs are accommodated.
3. Assist the Ministry of Textiles to prepare the necessary training materials and processes to accommodate potential PWDs in the 10-month training.
4. Support potential PWDs applicants for the course to strengthen their applications for enrollment to the course.
The project activities will enable PWDs to increase access to vocational trainings and possible jobs for PWDs. The primary beneficiary group of the project will be the members of the Deaf and Blind Society (DBST).
What we aim to accomplish
1. The project under the first pillar will engage all relevant stakeholders in consultation to discuss and reach a consensus on how best to integrate, according to the revised legislation, an inclusive model that supports the inclusion of PWDs in vocational trainings. Mechanisms of financial support for vocational trainings for PWDs will be a part of the inclusive model. This forum will also discuss potential jobs for PWDs that may be available arising from taking these courses. High-level international expert who can share similar experiences from other countries will support the consultations.
2. Under the second pillar, the vocational training institution under the Ministry of Textiles will be targeted to pilot the rolling out a vocational course that is PWD friendly. A national and international expert will be recruited to review and revise, together with the vocational training institution under the Ministry of Textiles, their current 10 month vocational training course to identify any aspects that may prevent PWDs from actively participating in their course. The experts will share with the institution the international educational standards and make recommendations on how to make teaching methodologies and process more effective and compliant with provision of the CRPD.
3. A study visit will be organized for member of the vocational training institute under the Ministry of Textiles, the Ministry of Education and member of the DBST to a country which have well established mechanisms for engaging PWDs in the textile industry.
4. The third pillar will include assisting the textile institute for vocational training to develop the necessary training materials and other processes for PWDs. The target group of beneficiaries to participate in the pilot vocational training will be selected from among members of DBST. Individual support will be provided during the application process period and during the classes. This support will include sign language interpretation, and other assistance devises and technologies.
5. The fourth pillar will focus on supporting individual PWDs needs, depending on type of disability and required resources for overcoming barriers to becoming and effective participant in the courses. A specialist on social inclusion will be recruited to establish working relationships with vocational educational entities and institutions who recruit PWDs and then provide this information to DBST to expand opportunities for PWDs.
6. A final round-table discussion with the relevant stakeholders will be held to discuss the results and lessons learnt from all the pillars and put forward all the necessary recommendations.
Who Finances it
|Donor||Amount contributed, USD
|Deaf and Blind Society of Turkmenistan||in-kind donation|
|Government of Finland||161,781.00|
Delivery in previous fiscal year(s)