National Teachers’ Conference becomes a platform for scaling-up Child Friendly Schools and Early Childhood Development initiatives
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 20 August 2010 – The Child Friendly Schools and Early Childhood Development modules have been incorporated into the training sessions of the National Teachers’ Conference in Turkmenistan taking place this week all over the country. UNICEF supports this initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan as a significant step forward in further integration of these two comprehensive child-friendly learning and development concepts into reforming of the national education system.
The conference is a biannual national event for all educators from all velayats, etraps and Ashgabat city. This event is a unique platform for around sixty thousand teachers of the secondary schools and pre-school establishments to discuss advanced teaching methodologies, exchange experiences and learn from best practices in education sector to ensure that a learning environment is conducive to the best interests of a child.
The right to education is one of the fundamental human rights spelled out by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF as a long-standing partner of the Government of Turkmenistan supports education reforms on improving the quality of education and introducing innovative teaching approaches that comply with international standards. Joint programme initiatives in Early Childhood Development and Child Friendly Schools are aimed at scaling-up these efforts nationwide so that all schools and kindergartens provide safe, healthy and protective environment to meet appropriate physical, emotional and social needs of children from early years throughout schooling.
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