1. PROJECT OBJECTIVE / OVERVIEW
In the period from December 1997 to March 1998 Danish Refugee
Council (DRC) has carried out an assessment of possible school
partners for the project Preparation for Peace and Return.
The assessment has been finalised and the partners selected in
co-operation with Ministry of Education (MOE). For detailed
assessment report please see annex 1.
Due to the findings during the assessment tour some project
adjustments will have to be made. Please find adjusted project
plan in annex 2 .
2. Description of beneficiaries:
The selection criteria:
The participants selected for the vocational training courses
must possess the following qualifications:
- originate from the Fizuli area
- be active and entrepreneurial
- must have community spirit and be involved in community
- committed to train others and willing to share their
knowledge and acquired skills with others
- must show initiative and have ideas of how to use the
skills which are being taught.
A large population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from
the Fizuli area is found in the two identified schools and camp
no.7 close to Bilasuvar (2885 persons according to statistics
from The International Federation). However, also a number of
IDPs from other areas of origin are found living among the Fizuli
IDPs. In order to avoid conflict in the selection process and
establish the needed acceptance and concentration for work it has
been decided that 60% of participants will be selected from the
Fizuli area and in the case of the remaining 40% the other
selection criteria will take precedence.
3. Implementation procedures
After the finalising of the assessment and selection of
partners a second trip was made to the region. Here contracts of
co-operation were signed with both Sabirabad and Saatli Technical
Schools stating the responsibilities of the two partners.
Likewise introductory visits were paid to The Executive Committee
of Sabirabad where a meeting with their local representative in
all 7 camps was carried out. It was decided that this
representative is to be on the selection board which is to
consist of the director from the school, a DRC representative,
and this representative. In the case of camp number 7 the
director will be substituted by the camp manager. The Executive
Committee in Saatli was met and introduced to the programme
during the Novrus Bayram celebrations at the school premises.
During a meeting with mr. Rustamov and members from the
Working Group under the Cabinet of Ministers the project was also
introduced. They requested a special project description to be
submitted in azeri, which will be done as soon as possible, and
pointed out the vital importance of co-ordinating activities with
Finally meetings were held with The International Federation
in Sabirabad to determine the project activities in camp 7 and
for general co-ordination and information.
4. Related inputs
In order for the UNHCR team to work in the region part of a
house has been rented for them. These premises will be both
living quarters and local office/working premises.
A car cum driver has been rented on a monthly basis, and an
interpreter has likewise been employed on a monthly basis.
Additional support to translations will be necessary from time to
5. Description of Assistance
1.31 education: vocational skills training
Sabirabad Technical School with three adjoining hostels and
its dilapidated state has already been described in the previous
Minor renovation and repair work of the future workshops have
just started. The state of the hostels has been reported to
Norwegian Refugee Council for possible physical rehabilitation.
Special care has been taken to instruct the management of the
school both about the implementation of the project and the
On our second visit to Saatli Technical School the
possibilities for a fruitful co-operation became quite clear.
Furthermore the school might also be a place to visit for other
schools less well run. Only a small population of IDPs live on
the school premises. The participants for the courses will
consequently also be selected from camp no.2 and 3 which are
situated in the vicinity of the technical school. The director
will along with the camp managers, and the DRC representative
select the future participants. The International Federation has
been informed and is appreciative of the project.
For the third place of operation has been chosen camp no. 7
near Bilasuvar for several reasons. From many quarters has the
sentence sounded " couldn t someone do something
here". The area has been pointed out as in need of attention
from as divers quarters as Mr. G. Gahramanov, chairman for
Committee of Refugees and IDPs , ambassador Stoudman, director of
OSCE, the International Federation in Sabirabad and the local
The camp has a large population of IDPs from Fizuli. Some of
the men are at the moment moving to and from the camp to the
liberated areas or as close to the liberated areas as they can
get carrying out small activities, some even bring back yoghurt
from their cattle to the camp. So there are signs as to the
preparedness for return and the initiative called for in the
project document. The possibilities for carrying out the various
courses in applied form are existing.
1.98 EDUCATION: Other educational Activities
A pedagogical/ methodological course for all participating
teachers and masters is planned for the middle of April. The idea
of training the trainers in participatory training approaches
that are aiming at improving their teaching skills and at the
same time stimulating the students to a higher degree of
participation has met with approval from all parties involved.
1.99 EDUCATION: Sector Support/ Management
The initial two staff members have developed into a small
group of three men as an interpreter has joined the team. They
have gone through a thorough introduction and are keen to meet
Unfortunately the team met with a major problem on the last
day of March. The expat was informed about his wife s
serious illness and has immediately returned to Denmark and has
terminated his contract.
A successor has been found and selected in Denmark. She is due
to join the team in the middle of May. Until then the programme
will be run according to schedule by the project manager and an
project assistant has been employed for the training of trainers
seminar and the methodological planning of the project her name
is Katy Ferrar. She will stay with the team until the successor
arrives. The change of staff will not affect the UNHCR budget.
- Ulla Fomsgaard
- Project manager
- Danish Refugee Council