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On November 20, the first meeting of the Working Group on Curriculum, Learning and Teaching materials was held within the framework of the European Union-funded project "Support to Implementation of National Qualifications Framework in Azerbaijan" implemented jointly with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Mrs. Genevieve Mc Cabe, the project’s key expert, opened the meeting and gave a brief information about the overall objectives of the project, as well as the work done so far and expected results of the working group. She explained how the qualification standards were prepared using the standard of occupation and was informed about the instructions prepared for it. Later, participants were explained how to convert inputs into outputs on Health and Safety samples. In addition, revenue inputs for the "Customer Services" profession were distributed to participants and they were asked to prepare a sample based learning material sample.
It should be noted that the Working Group's activities have been divided into three periods, covering the preparation of qualification standards, Curriculum / Curriculum Development, Learning and Teaching Materials, Pedagogical Approach and Assessment Strategies, starting from November 2018 to June 2019.
“Support to Implementation of National Qualification Framework in Azerbaijan” project is funded by the European Union to assist the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan through the provision of technical assistance. The main objective of the project is to enhance the quality and relevance of the education and training system in Azerbaijan supporting economic diversification, creating opportunities for lifelong learning, and fulfilling the Education Development Strategy in line with European and international best practice. The specific objectives of the project are i) To ensure effective implementation of NQF; ii) To introduce relevant education standards in pilot sectors; iii) To ensure education standards support competency-based education provision; iv) To improve access to lifelong learning through flexible provision, alternative progression pathways and recognition of prior learning; v) To improve assessment and QA of assessment and certification processes; vi) To provide effective information and guidance for employers/sectors, providers and learners to use the NQF. The 30-months project is implemented by GOPA Worldwide Consultants as lead consultancy company in a consortium with British Council (BC), European Project Management Ltd (EPM) and SEFT Consulting.