On September 27, 2022, the Swiss Cooperation Office in Armenia organized the kick-off event of the long-term development project «Modernizing Vocational Education and Training in Agriculture in Armenia 2022-2025 – MAVETA.”
The event was attended by officials from the Armenian government, including Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Zhanna Andreasyan, representatives of co-funding and implementing partners, and interested international and local organizations and individuals.
Switzerland, together with Austria and Germany, has started the main phase of the MAVETA project to support the Armenian government in reforming the vocational training system in Armenia in agriculture. The intervention aims to improve the knowledge and skills of professionals and graduates in agriculture and related fields. Thus, the project will contribute to sustainable, climate-friendly, inclusive growth, higher incomes and more (self-)employment in rural Armenia.
In practice, the project aims to train young people in such a way that their knowledge is directly useful for their future careers as employed professionals or self-employed. Practical learning in companies and farms should be combined with modern top knowledge from universities. The selected professions include specialist veterinarian, milk and dairy technologist, farmer, agricultural machine builder, dairy manager, fruit grower / nut and fruit grower.
In addition, the project will work on anchoring this dual educational approach at the political and institutional level: Policies should be more coherent, educational institutions more effective and cooperation between the public and private sectors should be established. Locally, the project will work with Goris State Agricultural College, Sisian College of ANAU (Syunik), Stepanavan State Agricultural College (Lori), Berd State Multifunctional College (Tavush), Echmiadzin Craftsman State School (Armavir) and Yerevan College of ANAU.
The project started on December 3, 2021 with a preparatory phase that was successfully completed in August 2022. The 1St After that, the main phase of implementation began, which will last until August 2025 with a total budget of 8.3 million. CHF. With regard to cooperation with Austria, there are still a few remaining technical issues to be resolved. The 2nd Main phase already approved in principle for the years 2026-2030.
The MAVETA project is funded by a broad coalition of international and local organizations led by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), including the Austrian Development Agency, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Government of Armenia, the NGO Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER), the Izmirlian Foundation, the NGO Strategic Development Agency (SDA) and Vanand Agro CJSC.
The project’s implementation partners are GIZ and HEKS/EPER, with the participation of the SDA and the Bern University of Applied Sciences (HAFL).