National forum on vocational training for people with disabilities

Mar 7, 2016

Ten women with visual impairments will join Textiles College in September 2016 / UNDP Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, 3 March 2016: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Textile Industry of Turkmenistan held National Forum to discuss the revision of the program of the 10 month vocational training courses of Textile College to accommodate the needs of the people with disabilities.

The National Forum is held within the project “Enhancing social inclusion of people with disabilities through mainstreaming inclusive approach into the vocational trainings institutions” funded by the Government of Finland.

The Forum was attended by the representatives of Parliament of Turkmenistan, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights under President of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Textiles, vocational training institutions of line ministries, public associations of Turkmenistan, UNDP development partners, representatives of the Finland MFA, national and international consultants.

International expert presented international experience and made specific suggestions on the possible amendments and innovations that can be introduced to the curriculum of the vocational schools in Turkmenistan.

“It is important to introduce differentiated methods of education to make sure that students comprehend the materials better. For examples, students with hearing impairments are getting tired because they need to focus their attention on several sources: listen to the teacher, listen to the sign language translation and observe what happens around them. This means that students make more efforts to grasp the material. For this reason, teachers need to introduce new learning activities such as holding the tests on computers or showing the videos with subtitles, i.e. adopt the activities rather than change the requirements,” explained international expert Olga Krasyukova-Erns.

Participants of the national forum discussed issues related to the professional training of the persons with disabilities, the progress of the project in the field of analysis of the educational curriculum of the textiles college and the study visit paid by the delegation of Turkmenistan to Croatia.

“We are getting ready to accept new students. International expert has worked with our students and teachers explaining what disability is and how to work with it. Revising the curriculum of the college is very important and we are committed to make it inclusive and provide high quality vocational training to the students with special needs,” said representative of the textiles college of Turkmenistan.

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Rahmanberdi Hanekov
UNDP Project Manager


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