December 07
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The Swiss Cooperation Office in Armenia on Tuesday organized the launch event of the long-term development project “Modernizing Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture in Armenia 2022-2025 – MAVETA,” informed the Embassy of Switzerland in Armenia.  The event was attended by Armenian Government officials, including the Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Zhanna Andreasyan, representatives of co-funding and implementing partners, as well as interested international and local organizations and individuals.  Switzerland, together with Austria and Germany, launched the main phase of the MAVETA project to assist the Government of Armenia to reform the vocational education system in Armenia in agriculture. The intervention aims to improve the knowledge and skills of professionals and graduates in agriculture and related fields. Thus, the project will contribute to sustainable, climate friendly, inclusive growth, increased incomes and enhanced (self)-employment in rural Armenia.  In practice, the Project seeks to train young people so that their knowledge is directly useful for their future professional career, as hired professionals or self-employed. Practical learning in companies and farms shall be combined with modern cutting-edge knowledge learned in colleges. The selected professions include Veterinary Specialist, Milk and Dairy Technologist, Farmer, Agricultural Machinery, Milk Farm Manager, Orchard Workers / Nut and Fruit Farmers. 

Moreover, the Project will work to anchor this dual education approach at the political and institutional level: policies shall become more coherent, educational institutions more effective, and cooperation between the public and the private sector shall be well established. On the ground, the project will work with Goris State Agricultural College, Sisian College of ANAU (Syunik), Stepanavan State Agricultural College (Lori), Berd State Multifunctional College (Tavush), Echmiadzin Craftsman State School (Armavir) and Yerevan College of ANAU.  The Project started on December 3, 2021, with a preparatory phase that has been successfully summarized in August 2022. The 1st main phase of implementation started afterwards, which will last until August 2025 with total budget of CHF 8.3 million. With regard to the collaboration with Austria, some remaining technical issues need to be solved. The 2nd main phase has already been approved in principle for the years 2026-2030 as well.

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