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The Parliament discussed the draft Law on Early Childhood Education and Care with UNICEF and partners

DUSHANBE, 22 April 2013 – The Parliament of Tajikistan together with UNICEF Country Office in Tajikistan, the Open Society Institute in Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Foundation conducted a 2-day workshop to discuss the draft Law on Early Childhood Education and Care, which was held on 18-19 April 2013 in Tajikistan’s Romit valley.


From left to right: Ms. Laylee Moshiri, UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan, Mr. Nurullo Akilov, Member of the Committee of Majlisi Namoyandagon, Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan on Science, Education, Culture and Youth Policy., Ms. Marhabo Jabbarova, Chairman of the Committee of Majlisi Namoyandagon, Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan on Science, Education, Culture and Youth Policy.

This workshop was attended by high-level officials from the Ministry of Education, Education departments from cities and districts of Tajikistan, Academy of Education and Teacher Training Institute. In addition, representatives from the Parliament, development partners and service providers participated at this workshop. Furthermore, Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Vasiliy Budkevich took an active part in the workshop, whereby he presented the results of the international expertise on the draft Law on Early Childhood Education and Care of Tajikistan and provided valuable recommendations on the improvement of the law.

The law on Early Childhood Education and Care will lay a foundation for strong national policy, legal, organisational, economic and social aspects of the early childhood education and care. It will also officially recognise and legalise the affordable and quality alternative early childhood education models UNICEF and other partners have been promoting. The continued collaboration between UNICEF, Ministry of Education, Parliament and development partners in this area will capitalise on critical opportunities and utilise proven, affordable and quality Early Childhood Education models to improve school readiness and children’s futures. “I strongly believe that with commitment from the Government and support from all development partners we can ensure that all children in Tajikistan grow and develop to their full potential”, said Ms. Laylee Moshiri, UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan.

About UNICEF
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For more information about UNICEF work in Tajikistan visit www.unicef.tj. Follow us on Facebook

For further information, please contact:

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Tajikistan
Ms. Parveena Muhammedkhajaeva
Communication Officer
Tel.: +992 (918) 31 00 71
Email: pmuhammedkhajaeva@unicef.org

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