Central Asia meeting focuses on early learning
30 November, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: Delegates from Ministries of Education across Central Asia have just completed a three-day consultation on early learning in the Turkmenistan capital.
The consultation, organised by UNICEF and the Turkmenistan Ministry of Education, aimed to boost participants’ understanding of the importance of developmental readiness for school and their capacity to use early learning standards.
One major outcome was the establishment of a new Thematic Working Group on Developmental Readiness for School. This will expand early childhood care/education and advocate for overall developmental readiness for schooling as an essential prerequisite to a child’s success in the classroom. The Government of Turkmenistan agreed to lead the Thematic Working Group based on recommendations of the Fourth CARK (Central Asia and
“We hope that the recommendations will be adopted at the next CARK Education Forum that will also take place in Ashgabat in summer 2006,” said Mahboob Shareef, UNICEF Representative in
“I’d like to express my gratitude to organizers of this consultation meeting and also to international experts who have shared their research expertise in the field of early childhood development,” said Gulchahra Akubirova, a representative from
The workshop took place with the full support and cooperation of both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education.
For more informationGulyalek Soltanova, UNICEF Communication Officer, UNICEF