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UNDP in Kazakhstan supported a pilot project on training socially vulnerable groups of the population in digital skills and professions conducted by the Ministry of labour and social protection of the population of Kazakhstan and Amir Suleimenov’s Innovative school of Internet technologies (ISIT).

Participants of the pilot project in 2018 were 50 people from Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Zhambyl, West Kazakhstan, Turkestan, Kostanay and Karaganda regions. The project embraced not only residents of large cities and regional centers, but also small towns, villages and stations. Among the participants were people with special needs, parents of children with disabilities, mothers with many children, single mothers, citizens of pre-retirement and retirement age. 74% of the participants were women. The youngest participant was 16 years old, the most adult - 61 years old.

Participants learned digital skills and professions in demand such as SMM (social media marketing), PPC (contextual advertising), web-sites development. The program included distance learning, practical home tasks, as well as feedback from teachers and personal consultations. 38 participants who completed the training were able to immediately find a job.

All participants noted the positive impact of the courses not only on obtaining professional skills, but also on socialization, they learned the possibilities of digitalization and globalization, found friends, joined interest groups, gained confidence in their capabilities, noted the improvement of the psychological state and quality of life.

"We see that this project has shown its success, and this year it will be scaled up”, - said Amir Suleimenov.

This project was done to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal №10: Reduce inequality within and among countries. One of the tasks is to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

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