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
Total budget 161,781.00

Delivery in previous fiscal year(s)

Year Amount, USD
2015 49,729.00

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