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Social Work Education - a Necessary Step for Well-being of Vulnerable Children: New department inaugurated at the National University to teach social work
TASHKENT, November 17, 2017 - The National University of Uzbekistan named after Mirzo Ulugbek hosted a conference entitled "Social work for social protection in Uzbekistan" with support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The conference marks the opening of a new department "Social Work" at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
"Creation of this department is an important step in further development of the social work as a profession, academic discipline and a field of research in Uzbekistan," said Avazjon Marakhimov, Rector, National University of Uzbekistan. "This is a timely response to the critical issues of improving the quality of higher education, practice of social work and social service workforce in the social protection sector," he added.
Participants of the conference paid special attention to the importance of social work in the system of child protection. They discussed issues related to the functions of social workers in residential careinstitutions for children, guardianship and custody agencies, as well as medical and social institutions.
“International best practices show that social protection sector can succeed only when the profession of social work is evolved and social workers are engaged in addressing the needs of vulnerable people,” said Sascha Graumann, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. “In many countries, social workers play a key role in preventing separation of children from families, assisting vulnerable families, ensuring the rights of every child to nurturing family environment and protection from violence, abuse and neglect. And, I am sure Uzbekistan can also benefit from these practices,” he added.
Based on the results of the conference, international best practices in social work will be introduced in the curriculum of National University. Representatives of the state bodies, the National Women's Committee, Samarkand and Fergana State Universities, the General Prosecutor's Office, as well as NGOs discussed the issues of improving the system of social protection of the population in the country, in particular, training of qualified social workers.
For further information, please contact:
Nodira Latipova, Associate Professor of Sociology Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, National University of Uzbekistan
Phone: + 998 (90) 318 31 21
Furkat Lutfulloyev, Child protection Specialist, UNICEF Office in Uzbekistan
Phone: +988 (93) 500 06 15