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General information about the organisation.


Association “Education for all in Kazakhstan/NOB” is a non-governmental organization registered in 2002 as a successor of the National Observatory of Kazakhstan which was established in 1996 under the agreement between the Government of Kazakhstan and European Training Foundation.

In 2000 the Association was nominated a UNEVOC Centre, and since 2002 – a member of Asia and South Pacific Programme for Education for all Resource and Training Consortium.     


Mission and goals

Mission of the Association – facilitate the transition to a market economy in Kazakhstan by providing objective, focused quality information and expert services in the field of education and labour market, related to education for all, lifelong learning, TVET projects and programmes.


The Association is well positioned. Experts have established links with the National Agency for statistics, Ministries, leading research institutions and centres, international and national NGOs, educational and training institutions. Experts of the Association are continuously involved in designing and commenting important national documents related to the policy and practice of vocational education and training in Kazakhstan.

It has good links with governmental organizations, social partners, educational institutions, NGOs and international organizations (Kazakhstan Confederation of Employers, Academy of Education, Almaty Association of Entrepreneurship, etc.). Association  is recognized by the National Ministry education and science, Ministry of Labour and the National Academy of education as a centre of expertise.


The Association focuses at addressing problems in the field of education and in the social sphere. This position at the cross of the two important areas helps to integrate interests of both sectors. The Association experts are invited by UNDP, UNESCO, ETF, EU Delegation in Kazakhstan and other international organisations to implement research and analytical projects in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. The normal procedure of project implementation includes joint work with international experts and consultants, organizing international conferences, workshops and seminars, studying the national and international experience, preparing reports, comparative reviews and publications, disseminating the results through a variety of training activities.


Selected activities implemented by the organization.


The Association has implemented a number of projects and studies, policy seminars, information campaigns to disseminate the best practice, including:


Ø  Raising awareness, advocacy and implementing projects in the area of TVET and Lifelong learning;

Ø  Establishment and monitoring of Community Learning Centres in Kazakhstan aimed at developing a model of CLC fit for the local context;

Ø Financing and managing VET systems;

Ø Labour Market assessment in a number of economic sectors;

Ø Conducting studies and training seminars on promoting entrepreneurship in education and training;

Ø Developing a competence based TVET standard in line with labour market needs based on the European practice;

Ø Developing core and entrepreneurial skills in TVET to enhance employability of graduates;

Ø Developing a model of social partnership in TVET at the institutional and regional level;

Ø Training for enterprise development aiming at raising awareness among employers and employers’ organizations to promote human resource development;

Ø Research “Human Development Report in Kazakhstan: Education for All: the Key Goal for a New Millennium”, etc.

In total, during the last 8 years the Association has implemented:


·         Studies – 35;

·         Conducted international and sub-regional (involving Central Asian countries)  

      conferences – 32;

·         National and regional seminars 79;

·         Publications – 39 with overall number of 12750 copies.



In 1999 – 2007 experts of the Association have participated in study visits, conferences and seminars:

  • In Europe and Asia – Pacific: 91 people. 
  • In CIS -  59 people.


Concerning our cooperation to Central Asia countries  the Association has organized and conducted more then 10 different meetings  on  development of human resources, LLL, EFA, TVET system and other issues. For illustration three of them are represented below.


 In July, 2007 Association “EFA in Kazakhstan/NOB” in collaboration with the UNESCO Almaty and UNESCO Bangkok   organized a sub-regional workshop in Almaty  on the theme ”Strengthening partnership and networks for community development  through CLCs” within the framework of UNESCO’s Education activity on  ‘Promoting of Non-Formal Education through Community Learning Centres in Central Asia’. The altogether 40  participants  represented the Ministry of Education focal points for NFE/CLC, Ministry of Labour, CLC managers and local governments where CLC are located  in 3 Central Asian countries, namely Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic , Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 


In October 26-27, 2006 Association “EFA in Kazakhstan/NOB” in collaboration with Cluster Office of UNESCO Almaty organized a sub-regional workshop in Almaty   for the chiefs and experts of TVET system in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,  Tadjikistan and Uzbekistan and  their UNEVOC Centers representatives on a theme «The Standards as the universal mechanism for personnel  adaptation to  enterprises’ needs»


In October, 2004  the  Association conducted  international scientific - practical conference «Development the vocational education and training  in a context of Life long learning» in Karaganda city  together with MES, ETF, National Entrepreneurs’ Forum, UNESCO Almaty and Institute on international cooperation of German association of national universities (IIZDVV). Representatives from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan took part in this event. 

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