World Bank to Support Youth Corps Development in Kazakhstan

September 10, 2015


Saroj Kumar Jha, World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia (left) and Aslan Sarinzhipov, the Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan (right) at the agreement signing ceremony.

ASTANA, September 10, 2015 - Today, the Ministry of Education and Science and the World Bank signed a grant agreement to support the development of youth corps in Kazakhstan.

Active community engagement including through volunteering and socially useful activity is both meaningful to the self and a positive contribution to the community. The Youth Corps Development Project will focus on various aspects, including the development of initiative of youth, development of the support system to build strong adult-youth and peer relationships, as well as promoting positive behavior among young people. It is expected that about 8,500 young people, including vulnerable youth, as well as some 100 youth organizations will be involved in the project.

“Global evidence strongly supports a comprehensive approach focusing on “positive youth development”. This Project will promote positive youth development through learning opportunities that serve the community while helping youth develop important skills through a community-based service learning program," said Saroj Kumar Jha, World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia at the signing ceremony.

The project will also promote development of institutional mechanisms for the implementation of the youth policy by the Ministry of Education and Science.

The grant for the implementation of the four-year project in the amount of 21.763 million US dollars is provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation through the World Bank-administered Trust Fund. The project will be launched after the ratification of the agreement by the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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