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INEMA Intake 6

Virodick enjoyed meeting the international bunch of INEMAs 6th intake

Virodick Fezakov form Tadjikistan believes in education as a very powerful tool to improve someone’s quality of life. That’s why this year, Virodick started to study with INEMA. He is the first INEMA student from the former Soviet Union Republics – but hopefully not the last. We wanted to know why more and more international students enroll for GAMP and how they profit from their experience.

GAMP: You have just started to study with INEMA. How did you hear about the programme and what motivated you to apply for it?

I have heard about the INEMA programme from my colleague who shared the link of the programme with me. I browsed through the link and found it very interesting and relevant to my work experience.

However, what made me really motivated about applying for INEMA was its extra-occupational blended learning format. This format allows students to study and continue with their assigned jobs, which also gives them optimal conditions and opportunity to apply the gained knowledge and skills directly into their daily work.

GAMP: How can INEMA add to your daily work? Which relevance has it for your work?

INEMA is such an incredible opportunity for me and it is adding a great value to my daily work.
Firstly, the different reading and writing tasks before and after each attendance phase are enriching my knowledge about educational management. I am sharing my learnings from these tasks with my colleagues at different levels.

Secondly, I have learnt during the first attendance phase some tools and approaches, such as the principles of effective management (focusing on results, contribution to the whole, trust and positive thinking), leadership styles and behavior.
We did not learn only theory but also tested in practice some tools and approaches during the practical tasks in group work. Our trainers gave us a feedback after each practical task (presentation). This helped me to see how the tools and approaches are working in reality and made me reflect on my daily work and make some changes to it in the future.
Through these practical tools and strategies, I can help some leaders in VET Institutions in Tajikistan to make their work more effective.

Virodick in front of PH

Virodick and his colleagues in front of the PH Ludwigsburg

GAMP: You have just finished your first attendance phase in Ludwigsburg. How was it?

I was very excited about attending the first phase of the course and especially, to meet all the participants, professors and other involved people. As I expected, the experience was truly amazing, eye-opening and carried a lot of learning for me.

Firstly, the city of Ludwigsburg is beautiful and although I did not see much of it, I enjoyed using the system and services there.

Secondly, meeting and interacting with a very diverse international group was such a great experience. We got along very well and held lots of fruitful discussions about Education Management and Leadership and Human Resource Management. These discussions brought many great learning experiences for me.

Thirdly, the teaching faculty was international. We had two trainers: one from Germany and one from Egypt for each topic, they worked in tandem, and each one of them was using their own approach and style of teaching.

On the other hand, for the first time, I had to arrange all my travel (booking hotel, booking air ticket) by myself. Although initially, it was a bit challenging, I learnt a great deal and now, I have one more additional skill and strength to add to my resume.

Lastly, I also was quite surprised to learn that I am the first GIZ staff member from former Soviet Union republics which means I have to represent CIS countries and the INEMA program well and make sure more applicants from CIS countries will be represented.  

GAMP: That is interesting! The programme was originally designed as German-Arab; you are from Tajikistan. Why do you think the programme is relevant also for other world regions?

The international learning environment and intense exchange of experience make this programme unique. It brings people of different cultures together and thus, allowing an exchange of learning, the sharing of different ideas and experiences to take place. It establishes good relations and international networks of education management specialists, and builds a bridge of knowledge between people from different regions.

During the discussions in the first attendance phase, I have discovered that many problems in the (MENA) education sector are like the ones I encountered during my work experience in Tajikistan. Culturally, people in some regions of Tajikistan are very similar to that of the Arab world.

It was and is very beneficial for me to hear about similar challenges and ways to work out with those challenges from my Arab as well as German colleagues.

GAMP: You are not only the first Tadjik to study with INEMA, you are also one of the first INEMA students to receive an EPOS scholarship from DAAD for “Development-Related Postgraduate Courses”. Was it complicated to apply for the scholarship?

In my opinion, DAAD -EPOS scholarships are a very effective program, especially for the developing countries. It gives an opportunity to many young specialists from the developing countries to continue their education and upgrade their skills at the academic level.

It is quite important to be very attentive and accurate to read through all the documents and follow the instructions. And especially if you want to receive the scholarship, you really get worried: did I do all right, how DAAD will review and assess the application. You also have to be very patient because it takes some time before you receive the result of your application. But when you get the positive results, it is an indescribable feeling of achievement and happiness.

I hope that DAAD EPOS scholarships will continue to support the young specialists from the developing country.

In the end, I would like to express my gratitude to all INEMA and DAAD teams for initiating and establishing such a great programme and wish to all of them a very good luck, lot of success and of course good health, power and will for their future hard but noble job!

GAMP: Thank you Virodick and good luck with your future studies!

About Virodick Fezakov: Since 2008, Virodick has been working as a GIZ Senior Advisor for the “Support to the Reform Process of Vocational Education and Training system in Tajikistan” program. In this role, he is responsible for coordination of the training sessions for the managerial staff of the responsible structures and institutions under the Ministries of Labour, Migration and Employment (MLME) and Education and Science (MES).In his future, Virodick wants to continue develop and improve his theoretical knowledge and skills to become a strong expert in education management so that he can contribute more to the field of education in Tajikistan – that is why he started to study with INEMA.