UCA supports civil service training programme for youth

Date: 07 June 2010
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Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 7 June 2010The first cohort of instructors have completed their training of trainers under the programme Recruitment of New Generation Managers into Public and Municipal Service on June 5, 2010. The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), the first operational education program of the University of Central Asia (UCA) provided its expertise to support the initiative. 

The special recruitment programme was announced by the Provisional Government in late April to involve young people in peaceful governance renewal process and to improve their professional skills necessary to participate in public and municipal service. The coordinating role in special recruitment program implementation is vested into the Academy of Management under the President of Kyrgyz Republic.

At the same time the Provisional Government turned to the donor community and international organizations to support this initiative. UCA offered to create programs to train civil servants in senior and junior levels of qualification. Instructors trained under this program will then provide civil service management courses for some 2,000 young people from all over the country.

In collaboration with the Academy of Management, SPCE developed a curriculum for a Training of Teachers (ToT) certificate program, Local Economic and Community Development, which gives teachers 30 credits ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The program is comprised of 4 modules: Local Economic Development, Community Development, Information Technologies, and Management. The modules are interconnected so as to provide the civil servants with short-term, intensive training in the areas of economics, management and other applied skills.

Gulnara Djunushalieva, Director of the School of Professional and Continuing Education UCA, stressed that training courses are specifically designed for this program and include a full set of materials for instructors. Each instructor will receive developed curriculum, syllabi, student’s manual, exam materials, materials for practical classes in Russian and Kyrgyz language both in paper and electronic formats.

The first three and five-day trainings for 21 instructors from Batken, Osh, Jalal-Abad, Talas, Issyk-Kul and Naryn oblasts as well as Bishkek in Information Technologies for civil servants and Entrepreneurship and Funding were completed last week.  There are two remaining cohorts of 24 instructors who will be trained in the coming weeks. Training is held at the Management Academy which is responsible for the instructor selection process. 

The program was developed by SPCE in three weeks and is based on already existing SPCE programs which incorporate best practices from international programs as well as newly developed courses such as the Information Technologies course.  It was developed on the basis of the Curriculum 5.0 International/European Computer Driving License (ICDL/ECDL). Civil servants from all over the world take the ECDL exam to receive professional certification. Kyrgyzstan will now become a part of this global system as SPCE is an officially registered ECDL testing center which is open to those who wish to pursue relevant training in Russian or Kyrgyz and pass the final exam. Civil servants will be offered programs such as: Windows XP, Word, and Excel.

Head of Finance and Credits Department at Osh State University Chinara Kulyeva participated in the Local Economic Development module and expressed her appreciation of the training process and methodology. “Micro-credits and Entrepreneurship, which was the theme of the training and rational usages of it allowed representatives from regions to discuss problems that unites us, even though we are coming from different regions. The problem of irrational usage of granted money brought us to consensus and the same outcomes that will be taught further to local business owners, students and professors by us. It is a great training and such should be conducted more often,” stated Chinara Kulyeva.

SPCE will also publish 20,000 Kyrgyz and Russian language textbooks and manuals for three of the four modules: Local Economic Development, Local Community Development and Information Technologies.