UNDP in Turkmenistan conducted a series of online and in-person trainings within the framework of the Turkmenistan Country Component of the Global Project on “Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism in Asia” (STRIVE Asia). A joint EU-UN partnership” aimed at providing counselling and mentorship support to vulnerable youth to strengthen the resilience of local communities to violent extremism and radicalization. The seminars have been for the mentor teams from Ashgabat, Dashoguz, Mary, Tejen, Turkmenabat and Turkmenbashy cities.
From 26 May till 22 June 2022 more than 40 participants representing Youth Organization, Women Union, local Employment Departments of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of Turkmenistan, local police, municipalities, including volunteers, participated in the in-person trainings held in 6 project sites. It is expected that the organized trainings will help participants develop mentoring skills and increase knowledge of best practices in strengthening resilience of vulnerable youth. All mentor teams also took part in an online seminar on emotional intelligence and its role in mentoring young people, which was held on 10 June 2022.
Most participants of the mentorship trainings are members of the PVE advisory groups that represent community interests in identifying development solution in pilot cities of the project, who also participated in the trainings on best practices in PVE interventions and capacity building in developing and designing PVE programmes. Current PVE mentorship trainings and seminars support their work with youth by raising awareness on specialty of mentoring young people, understanding their psychological distress and how to focus on social determinants of mental health in PVE interventions.
UNDP Turkmenistan provides technical support to national partners from the international experts on integrating MHPSS (mental health and psycho-social support) activities into the ongoing PVE activities of the STRIVE Asia project.
The Country Component of the Global Project on “Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism in Asia” (STRIVE Asia) A joint EU-UN partnership” aims to strengthen the resilience of local communities by supporting public PVE initiatives, support government and public organizations in achieving goals related to preventing violent extremism. The specific goal is to ensure that key government agencies and civil society organizations are better prepared to participate in achieving PVE goals. A key national partner is the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of Turkmenistan.
Source: UNDP office in Turkmenistan.