Lessons learned and future perspectives

Lessons learned

  • The quality of forestry specialists training depends on joint coordinated activities of both educational institutions and future employers. That is why it is necessary to establish conditions to maintain permanent communication between them formalizing this cooperation.
  • Practical training is a necessary condition to train better skilled specialists for all the levels; and this training component should receive even more attention.
  • Some teaching materials published with project support have given rise to some complaints. That is why to assure an adequate level it is necessary to involve different levels professionals to the development process from the very start. The republication of revised textbooks, methodological provisions, etc. in Kyrgyz and Russian considering last achievements of research and technology will be always actual.
  • Too high teaching load does not allow teaching staff to conduct research activities and to establish contacts with other educational institutions both local and international ones to communicate on the latest developments in science and education.
  • The conducted research has shown that Lyceums graduates have fewer complaints from employers than forest engineers. And this fact has influence on employment of young specialists. Besides remoteness of, for example, Gulcha lyceum recommended to KIRFOR by WG also influences the level of its graduates’ employment.
  • Working in a bilingual system creates additional misunderstanding, even more considering that written Kyrgyz language is still limited in technical vocabulary.
  • Full-fledged quality staff training especially for the state forest governance is possible only if sufficiently funded. Otherwise, the number of students with such profiles should be reduced and additional sources of funding should be found inside the sector at least to assure practical training.

Future perspectives

National institutions for forest education will certainly continue to provide education for forest engineers, joiners, carpenters and foresters. The level of education is expected to reduce a bit and certainly the duration of professional training will be strongly reduces to maybe one year as told to us by the responsible of the Vocational School # 4 during the KIRFOR final event held in March 2010.

National vocational education as a whole found the support of a wide working group established at the time by the KIRFOR project and continued afterwards by the Helvetas project. An overall concept for Kyrgyz National vocational education was developed, discussed and approved by every involved party.

Higher education has certainly better options for the future as University international linkage is already happening at wide scale. So the KAU has good chances to find new partners for the future teaching.

Stability of the teaching staff will be the most sensitive issue as employment conditions in the public sector are very far to meet today requirements for salaries and working condition in general.

The participation as implemented during KIRFOR time is to be maintained as the warrant for correct evolution according to national needs and evolution if markets and technologies.