Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation in Kyrgyz Republic
The Skills Training in the Rural Areas Project
The Skills Training in the Rural Areas (STAR) is a project planned until 2008, within the long-term program of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation.
The Agricultural Training and Rural Vocational Education project, launched in January 2001 in the Naryn region to support the Kyrgyz partners and local communities in adapting the existing system of agricultural vocational education to the new market economy conditions.
This had two components:
- Vocational agricultural training in rural areas (A – STAR). The project collaborated with partner training providers in the Naryn, Issyk-Kul, Chui and Talas regions, which at that time had trained more than 1,000 students, with over 500 graduates in two different three-year courses as well as 16-month courses. Vocational schools worked here using their own facilities and natural resources.
- Vocational training for the hotel and restaurant sector in rural areas (T – STAR). The project facilitated the establishment and implementation of sustainable short-term training delivery mechanisms for the hotel employees, as well as for the unemployed who were employed for seasonal work in the lake Issyk-Kul catchment area. To create as many actual and practical opportunities as possible for training participants, training was offered directly in the hotels of partner organisation. The initial phase covered adaptation courses offered in Switzerland and adjusted to the local conditions of Kyrgyzstan.
Briefly about STAR
Pilot phase: 2001 - 2002
Phase I: 2003 - 2005
Phase II: 2006 - 2008
Phase III: 2009 - 2012
Phase IV: 2013 - 2016
Funding: about 500,000 US dollars per year
Outcomes achieved: the project focused its activities on the development of rural areas in general, promoting an effective and sustainable system of vocational education, which would allow graduates to acquire knowledge, skills and attitude for successful private rural business activities, thereby contributing to the ability to find their place in the labor market.