UCA’s SPCE instructors conduct seismic safe construction training as part of “Capacity Building for Habitat improvement in the Hindu Kush” project
The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), Khorog conducted a series of seismic-safe construction and thermo insulation Training of Trainer (ToT) workshops in June and November 2011, as part of a three-year project on habitat improvement in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Tajikistan.
SPCE’s Technical and Vocation Education Training (TVET) instructors engaged master trainers in 21 villages, representing all seven districts of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Tajikistan, who then passed on this knowledge and skills to villages.
To facilitate learning, training manuals and learning elements were developed in Tajik and Russian to introduce habitat improvement products to learners.
This initiative is one component of the “Capacity Building for Habitat improvement in the Hindu Kush” project, funded by European Commission (EC) and the Austrian Development Agency through the Austrian NGO, HOPE-87. In 2010, UCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mountain Societies Development Programme (MSDSP) to support the project, which aims to contribute to the long-term improvement to the quality of life and safe habitat of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Tajikistan. Overall, the project seeks to increase household disposable income, enhance employment opportunities for young people, improve health and hygiene conditions and reduce vulnerability to earthquakes and other natural disasters.
TVET instructors were initially trained by Sjoerd Nienhuys, an international energy efficient technologies expert who provided technical oversight and supported energy efficient technologies, thermo insulation, sanitary and ecology product design for the project in Tajikistan and Pakistan. To ensure continuity, he visited the project areas in Tajikistan twice where he conducted a week-long training.
This initiative facilitated a number of joint exchange visits to project sites in Tajikistan and Pakistan. The project will conclude at the end of 2012, providing opportunities for cross-border information sharing, raising awareness, planning and capacity building in and between Tajik and Pakistani the Non State Actors (NSAs) and Local Agencies (LAs); leading to strengthened organizational and implementing capacities and the development of market-based mechanisms to sustain service delivery.
In June 2011, SPCE instructors conducted ToT sessions on internal thermo insulation of buildings for 126 masters from Muminobod, Khovaling, Shurobod districts and city of Kulyab of Khatlon province of Tajikistan. For participants from Afghanistan, SPCE organized practical classes on building Ecosan toilets. They also discovered the real benefit of Ecosan toilet to improve household sanitary conditions and recycling human waste as organic fertilisers for agriculture.
Last November, the project organised an international conference “Habitat Improvement – Experience and Actions” in Khorog, where UCA presented its learnings from this project.
The project addresses the needs of seven GBAO districts and is implemented by MSDSP and five Northern Pakistan districts in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral regions, in partnership with the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, Pakistan (AKPBS). In the GBAO region, 120 villages with a population of 57,600 and in the Pakistan Northern Areas, 30 villages with 27,000 inhabitants are reached through this project. This project also supports training for 340 apprentices through SPCE’s vocational training programme.
SPCE was launched in October 2006 in Khorog and its Learning Centre was established in January 2008 in Dushanbe. To date, SPCE has enrolled over 21,000 learners in over 60 types of training programs and operates out of its town campus, Learning Centre in Dushanbe, Technical Vocational Education and Training Centre in Khorog and Project Office in Faizabad, Afghanistan. SPCE also provides capacity building for the Shegnan’s Teacher Training College in Afghanistan.
International energy efficiency expert Sjoerd Nienhuys conducting instructor
training at UCA’s School of Continuing and Professional Education
GBAO district village masters receive seismic-construction training at SPCE