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With an eye to the future, great minds meet to reshape UNICEF Uzbekistan’s education programme

A workshop recently took place in Tashkent that will lead to increased quality education for Uzbekistan’s children through the reshaping of UNICEF Uzbekistan’s next education programme.

Participants included the First Deputy Minister of Public Education, key department’s heads from the Ministry of Education, other key partners from the system of Education and UNICEF experts. Rustam Akhlidinov, the First Deputy Minister of Public Education, emphasized the importance of cooperation between UNICEF and the Ministry in achieving quality education in a child-friendly environment. ‘Developments in the education sphere remained one of Uzbekistan’s highest priorities,’ he said.

Andro Shilakadze, UNICEF Uzbekistan’s Deputy Representative, underlined the importance of fine-tuning the next six-year Government of Uzbekistan and UNICEF Country Programme, due to start in 2010. “Ensuring quality of education is a key area of UNICEF’s activities. This workshop is all about streamlining our work to make sure that quality education is available to every child” he said.

The recently held Child Friendly School Project assessment and a review of the education sector, undertaken by international experts Dr. Joachim Pfaffe and François Orivel, provided the basis for discussions. Participants also discussed their strategic vision for the next cycle of the Government and UNICEF’s next 6-year country programme of work for children.

The education component of the country programme is all about improving the quality and efficiency of education as well as ensuring access to inclusive education for all children. The key element of the next education programme will be the capacity-building not only for the teachers, but also for the education system managers to ensure sustainable change. It is ultimately geared towards enhancing the quality of the education system as a whole, ensuring all children’s access to an inclusive and effective learning environment.

The workshop identified four key focal areas for the next phase of work. These are: institutionalisation and expansion of the Child Friendly School initiative, which seeks to make learning more effective and interactive; further development of the work in the pre-school education sphere; ensuring inclusiveness of education; and strengthening monitoring and evaluation at all levels.

The next country programme will see several permanent changes made to Uzbekistan’s education sector, helping children – and parents – learn better. At the policy level, trainings and research assistance will enable the government and education heads to formulate, implement and monitor education policies more effectively. On the ground level, teacher training institutions will be using curricula based on the Child Friendly School concept. And at the community level, families, especially those in rural areas, will be more likely to use Early Childhood Development services aimed at improving child upbringing practices.

For further information please contact:

Yulia Narolskaya, Education Officer, UNICEF Uzbekistan
+ 988 71 233 9735

Matthew Taylor,  UNICEF Communications Specialist

=998 93 399 0558



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