Youth voices to improve education quality in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 27 November 2012 – UNICEF today launched a study entitled “Youth perspectives of education quality in Tajikistan: A case study of education quality for youth in the Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States” with participation of education sector partners and youth-led organisations.
This report is published as a result of an initiative by the UNICEF Regional Office for the Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, with a focus on Kosovo, Georgia and Tajikistan in partnership with education authorities in each country. This initiative mobilized an international research team, country-based youth research teams, a reference group of international experts, youth and other national non-governmental implementation partners, education and statistical authorities and others to investigate and improve knowledge about education quality for youth in the region.
The report aims to inform and promote further research and action to improve education quality for young people and to create opportunities for youth contributions to education policy and programme decision-making.
“The Ministry of Education recognizes a need to develop students' capacity to think critically and creatively, particularly in relation to the labour market; heighten students' sense of personal responsibility for educational excellence; encourage competition between higher learning institutions,” says Ms. Tojinisso Mahmadova, Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan.
In Tajikistan, the study was designed and implemented by youth with assistance from the international research team, involving a nationally representative survey of over 1,000 youth participants in 2010, including 865 survey respondents aged 13 to 24 from randomly selected areas of Tajikistan, and 178 other young people in 21 focus group discussions.
“The results of the study show that youth in Tajikistan wish to play a greater role in education decision-making processes, with attention to expanding their activism at the primary, basic and secondary levels,” says Ms. Laylee Moshiri, UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan. “The youth wish to have approaches to learning in which people can freely share ideas and experiences and contribute to improvement of education quality,” she continued.
The study confirms the appreciation of youth and their strong desire for high quality education in Tajikistan. Nearly 50 per cent of Tajikistan’s youth rate education quality as ‘good’, and more than one fifth call it ‘very good’.
About 86 per cent of Tajikistan youth want to achieve more education than they already have. This feeling even holds for 72 per cent of youth surveyed who dropped out of, or temporarily suspended their attendance in primary, basic or secondary school.
Large majorities of youth expect education to build their capacity in all aspects of life, prepare them for work and a profession, expand their knowledge and skills, improve their status in society, support good citizenship and contributions to the development of Tajikistan; and to help them learn about and understand other people’s experiences.
information about the study
UNICEF in Tajikistan