Skills Development for Employability in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan

Project name :

Skills Development for Employability in Rural Areas of Uzbekistan

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Location :

This TVET project is funded by the European Union, EU budget contribution is €9,600,000. The activities will be implemented by UNESCO Tashkent office in following regions of Uzbekistan: Karakalpakstan, Khorezm, Bukhara, Surkhandarya. Started on September 1, 2020 and end date is August 31, 2024. Website content is the sole responsibility of the project and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

Project Objectives:

The project aims to support the development of relevant skills of women and men for sustainable, diversified and modernized agriculture in Uzbekistan. This project will contribute to improving the quality, relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the skills development system in the agriculture and irrigation sectors, initiated by the Government of Uzbekistan, with a particular focus on the rural regions selected by the national stakeholders.

The project will help the government to develop, test and pilot new initiatives and approaches in the agriculture and irrigation sectors with a view to scaling up transversal methods, high technology agriculture and food processing, and innovative approaches throughout the country. The overall objective of this project is to enhance living standards in rural areas through better employability for women and men, and the specific objective is to prepare women and men with relevant skills for the needs of a sustainable, diversified and modernized agriculture.


The activities of the project will contribute to the following results:

  • to modernize and strengthen governance of skills development in the agriculture and irrigation sectors in line with the labour market demands;
  • to modernize qualifications and methodologies of skills development to serve the needs of the labour market, learners and workers in the agriculture and irrigation; and
  • to modernize agriculture and irrigation colleges in rural areas with competent management and teaching staff using modern technologies, teaching and learning methods.

SDG 4- Quality Education: 

4.3 Vocational Education,

4.4 Youth with appropriate skills for labour market,

4.5 Gender equality in education.

SDG 5- Gender equality and women empowerment: 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership in political, economic and public life.

SDG 8- Economic growth and employment: 8.5 Full employment, 

8.6 Reduce unemployment of youth.

Project Contact Person:

Spyridon Kleitsas
Senior Project Officer
Zilola Abdukahharova
Communications Officer