Context

Always prone to natural disasters, Tajikistan has in recent years faced an increase in flooding and mudslides as a result of climate change. The country’s positioning along a seismic rift exposes it to earthquakes as well; over 60 per cent of the population lives in areas that face high levels of seismic activity. The country’s mountainous terrain and poor transportation routes can make emergency response challenging.

Climate models project that up to 30 per cent of Tajikistan’s 8492 glaciers are at risk of disappearing by 2050. This will lead to a significant decrease in the country’s water supply. One of the poorest nations in Central Asia , Tajikistan relies on its vulnerable agricultural sector for the livelihoods of over 60 per cent of its working population – in the face of vast challenges including frequent drought, locusts and crop failure that in turn lead to food insecurity.

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INTERVENTION

Tajikistan has used resources from the Adolescent Kit for Innovation and Expression, and the Adolescent Peacebuilders Toolkit (which was developed to complement the kit) to expand and enhance education for adolescents throughout the country. The programme entry points have been the national “peacebuilding competency framework” developed by UNICEF for use with and by the Ministry of Education, the UPSHIFT programme for youth innovators, and the Government-supported Centres for Additional Education.

The Kit is being used in Tajikistan as part of a broader initiative to expand non-formal learning opportunities for adolescents by introducing competency-based programmes into both formal and non-formal education. The initiative builds on two existing education programmes that are based on the Peacebuilding Competency Toolkit and UPSHIFT – two programmes that complement the content of the Kit and have successfully been used together with the Kit. For example, many adolescents in Tajikistan, especially those from vulnerable backgrounds, would be readier to participate in UPSHIFT by being better prepared and having had the opportunity to practice their skills related to creativity and teamwork beforehand. Hence, The Kit has been adapted to prepare adolescents to apply for and succeed in UPSHIFT and lead small-scale projects such as educational exhibitions and community performances, as well as to develop innovative solutions that address their unique needs.

The Tajikistan Country Office developed a curriculum and manual to be used in non-formal educational centres for adolescents using resources from the Kit to facilitate a longer-term intervention, translated the Kit into Tajik and distributed Kits to partners to support them in implementing activities beyond the centres and spaces, to reach the adolescents that are hardest to reach. They also conducted Training of Trainers sessions with Government and NGO partners on how to effectively lead sessions based on this curriculum during Adolescent Innovation Labs, which will target adolescents aged 15-19.

The Kit will be piloted during summer camps run by the Ministry of Education targeting younger adolescents, aged 10-14. Following the pilot period, expected to reach about 1,500 adolescents, a reflective workshop will be convened with the previously trained partners to gather lessons learned. This feedback will inform any revisions needed to adapt the Adolescent Kit curriculum to Tajikistan’s unique context.