The Asian Development Bank is helping Tajikistan to improve its technical and vocational education system, making it more responsive to labor market needs.
The Tajikistan Energy Institute is among the facilities upgraded under the project. The reformed institute is now preparing students for a career in the country’s growing clean energy sector.
Tajikistan - The Kushoniyon district lies south of the Tajikistan capital city of Dushanbe. Around 2,000 students attend the Tajikistan Energy Institute here.
Young people from Tajikistan, and neighboring Afghanistan and Turkmenistan earn their technical degrees here.
“I chose this profession because the energy sector is developing fast in our country. I want to become a good energy specialist and work in this sector,” says Davron Khaidarov, Student of the Tajikistan Energy Institute.
In the past, the institute had obsolete equipment and an outdated curriculum.
The Asian Development Bank and the Clean Energy Fund helped upgrade its facilities.
The building was renovated using green and energy efficient techniques.
The curriculum was also improved.
This is prepping students for a future in Tajikistan’s growing clean energy sector.
“Tajikistan is rich with clean energy resources, as the country has an average of 320 sunny days in a year. Using solar energy is efficient and safe,” explains Negmat Badalov, Senior Teacher at the Tajikistan Energy Institute.
Solar and wind power are being developed as alternatives to hydropower, the country’s current main source of energy.
The Tajikistan Energy Institute was revamped under a $32 million ADB-funded vocational training project.
Nearly 30 vocational education colleges and institutes are being upgraded across the country.
Two-thirds of Tajikistan’s labor force will benefit from the project.
“The project has a special gender program to train girls in non-traditional occupations," says Munira Inoyatova, CBT Coordinator, TVET Project.
"It also includes social support to the parents of the girls who will get the training.”