Newly trained social workers to help Uzbekistan’s children
Fifty two pass the first course of its kind in Uzbekistan training those who work in children’s institutions
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 4 – The first group of children’s institution workers in Uzbekistan to be trained and qualified in child social work has received national diplomas and a certificate.
Thirty two trainees from Tashkent and 20 trainees from Samarkand were selected for the training. All of them are employees of orphanages, secondary schools, specialised boarding schools, and regional departments of trusteeship and guardianship.
`Social work is a new area`
UNICEF Uzbekistan child protection officer Shima Barkin-Kuzmin said: “Social work in Uzbekistan is a new area of professional activity. This training of qualified specialists for child and family support, is particularly significant. We want to implement further our programme on retraining practicing social workers.”
Once the training lectures had been completed, trainees were placed on month-long and supervised employment secondments during which they prepared their graduation qualification work.
"The primary goal of this project is to contribute to the long-term development of social work as a profession in compliance with modern theories and practices, using active learning technologies and methods, and meeting the changing needs of the professional community, academic institutes and society as a whole,” said Mansur Bekmuradov, pro-rector of Tashkent State Institute of Culture.
This project was made possible by the cooperation of UNICEF in Uzbekistan with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education, Republican Centre for Social Adaptation of Children and the Uzbekistan Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.
Social work study has already been established at a university level through undergraduate and graduate courses in line with international standards. Support for this has been received from Teesside University School of Social Work, in the UK.
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