Ashgabat, 21 December 2020: 45 social work specialists recruited by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Turkmenistan have set off for two month field work in all the regions of Turkmenistan upon successful completion of another 5-day intensive foundational training provided by UNDP as part of the UN-Turkmenistan Joint Programme on community-based social services. The training contributed towards their mastery of basic social work theories and increased their professional skills and competencies. 

The social work specialists were trained by the national trainers who had successfully completed the second stage of online training-of-trainers on social work provided by the Bulgarian Social Activities and Practice Institute (SAPI).

Working in their respective etraps across Turkmenistan, the social work specialists are expected to start putting the social work theories into practice by reaching out to the families in need, assessing their individual needs and practice case management before returning to advanced training in social work in March 2021.

The Joint Programme on “Improving the system of social protection through the introduction of inclusive quality community-based social services”, funded by the Joint SDG Fund, is being implemented by the partnering UN agencies, namely, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, and UNODC and Government of Turkmenistan. The Joint Porgramme is aimed at introducing a new model of social services at the community level accompanied by relative legislative reviews and capacity building of national social service workforce. The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of Turkmenistan is a leading national partner. Other key national partners include the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, and Ministry of Finance and Economy.

Implementation period: 2020-2022

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