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Education Joint Sector Review in Tajikistan

Dushanbe, 17 April 2014 - The Ministry of Education and Science is hosting the Education Joint Sector Review from 17 – 18 April 2014.   The Joint Sector Review is an opportunity for the Ministry of Education and Science, government institutions, donor agencies, civil society, and others to come together review and discuss the Education Sector.  

 

The National Strategy for Education Development (NSED) for 2012-2020 outlines the objectives of the Education Sector which is realised through the current Education Action Plan for 2012-2014.   In light of the need to develop a new Education Action Plan, it is time to take stock of ongoing activities in the education sector, critically analyze existing challenges, and ultimately identify potential entry points for intervention.

 

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is supporting the process of reviewing the Education Sector through the Joint Sector Review and the development of the Education Action Plan 2015 – 2017, along with a monitoring and evaluation framework and financial model, through a grant which is being managed by UNICEF.  

 

2014 is the first time a Joint Sector Review will be held in Tajikistan and it is intended that it becomes an annual event. 

 

From left to right: Ms. Laylee Moshiri, UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan, and Mr. Nuriddin Saidov, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Tajikistan.

©UNICEF Tajikistan/2014/Zohidov

 

The Tajik Government has been able to demonstrate firm and continuous commitment to improving the education sector. Coordinated efforts between the Ministry of Education and Science and development partners have led to the implementation of important institutional reforms that include, but are not limited to: establishment of alternative early childhood development centers; introduction of per-capita financing mechanism in general secondary education aimed at increasing equity, transparency, and financial autonomy of schools; establishment of stronger links between vocational education and the private sector to increase employment upon graduation; introduction of unified testing methodology in tertiary education to remove bureaucracy and increase access; construction of new schools and classrooms; and streamlining legal framework with the current practice.

 

These activities are outlined in detail in a number of policy documents, as well as various government resolutions, state programmes, and Presidential decrees, among others. Together, they provide a solid institutional framework and a comprehensive roadmap to an effective step-by-stepimplementation of ongoing reforms.

 

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