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Children still grow up separated from their families in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Investing in qualified social workers as a guarantee of better protection for the most vulnerable
In connection with the focus on social protection of the most vulnerable brought up in the Strategy of Action for Development of Uzbekistan and other recent reforms, the country will need more social work professionals to render targeted social services. The recent adoption of the Law on social services also will add to the need for more social work professionals.
Sascha Graumann, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan, visited the National University of Uzbekistan and met with Professor Avaz Marakhimov, rector of the university. In light of on-going reforms in the country, they discussed opportunities for developing social work profession in Uzbekistan.
“Professionals working in the area of child protection should be able to provide quality services and meet global standards. With this purpose we have broad work to fulfil in terms of promotion of social work as a profession among young population. We need a comprehensive educational program that will allow them to meet the functional qualification requirements,” said Sascha Graumann.
Professor Avaz Marakhimov and Sasha Graumann also agreed on importance of establishing a special social work department in the National University of Uzbekistan. This will help to ensure improvement of social work education in the country.
UNICEF expressed readiness to facilitate cooperation with a prestigious international university in the area of social. Establishing relations with an international University will help the National University to keep social work education in line with international social work developments.
Besides, UNICEF has offered technical assistance to the National University of Uzbekistan in developing social work educational standards, developing curricula and syllabi, and building capacity of social work teaching staff in application of the modern methodologies and technologies.
In return, the rector suggested to discuss a possibility of establishing in-service training of the current social workers. This and other initiatives will be discussed in details during the following working meetings.
“We are happy that UNICEF and ourselves are thinking in one direction and agree in many points, so we look forward to the next steps of our cooperation and its results,” said professor Avaz Marakhimov in the conclusion of the meeting.