On March 16, 2023, a seminar on "Networking and exchange of experience in vocational education" was held in Baku. The event was held with the support of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) within the framework of the joint cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Department of Informatization of the Education System (TSII) the Bureau on ICT for Education.
The main goal of the event is to promote project-based learning experiences in the country in order to support pedagogical staff training activities that meet the requirements of the 21st century in the vocational education and training system in Azerbaijan. For this purpose, together with the project "Vocational Education and Training for the Future" financed by the EU and implemented by UNDP, the possibilities of involving the staff of vocational education institutions (VET) in the "eTwinning" project were discussed. The seminar is aimed at supporting the process of studying the pioneering practices of European countries in vocational education and the exchange of teachers.
Vusal Khanlarov, head of the Bureau on ICT for Education, Jeyhun Karamov, deputy director of the State Agency for Vocational Education, acting director, Eltakin Omarov, manager of the "Vocational Education and Training for the Future" project of the United Nations Development Program were among the official representatives.
During the speeches, opinions were expressed about the integration of the "eTwinning" project into the education system and its successful implementation in our country. At the same time, it was noted that teachers who join the project have the opportunity to benefit from the construction of a project-based lesson model, the development of student-oriented education, and online professional development opportunities. Important issues such as developing critical thinking in the digital environment, computer science and coding, and ensuring student safety in the online environment are particularly emphasized. It has been reported that certain vocational education institutions have joined the project activity since the current year.
As part of the seminar, sessions were held on the creation and management of the teacher platform, opportunities for local teachers to cooperate with their European colleagues, as well as discussions on "Project-based learning and project methodology" within the framework of the "Vocational Education and Training for the Future" project as a successful project model. It was also noted that the "Vocational Education and Training for the Future" project is relevant to the implementation of innovations in VET centres, as well as capacity building and development of networking, and will be continuously supported.