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UNICEF and UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office jointly welcome the pledge for educational reforms in Turkmenistan

A boy with his Maths book at a school in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 25 January 2007 – The forthcoming possible education reforms in Turkmenistan offer the children an opportunity to shape better lives for themselves and for the country to prosper.

UNICEF Turkmenistan and UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office jointly welcome the pledges of reforms in the education sector which have been endorsed by all six candidates for the February 11 presidential elections. The expected reforms will include the extension of basic education from nine to ten years, internet access for all pupils and opportunities for more young people to complete some of their training and education abroad. Pledges to go ahead with such reforms promise a lot of new opportunities for the children of Turkmenistan as well as future generations.

The effective implementation of the proposed reforms will also allow Turkmenistan’s education system to align with international standards; Turkmen school certificates for secondary education would be recognized internationally and make it easier for Turkmenistan students to apply for programmes in China, the European Union, Japan, the USA and elsewhere. Extensive changes to higher education, including the introduction of five year graduate programmes, will ensure that higher education diplomas from Turkmenistan have wide international recognition.

Turkmenistan has committed itself to international treaties for promoting the best interests of the child. Education is a cornerstone which can make a big difference in fulfilling such obligations. Specific measures include improving school curricula to meet international standards of education, investing more in the training of teachers and making child issues and child rights part of the school curricula. Of particular importance is securing broad internet access for Turkmen children to make sure that they have access to all modern learning tools. As in the past, both UNICEF and UNESCO will continue to support Turkmenistan to improve the quality of education at all levels.

The expected reforms also present a welcome opportunity to increase spending on children in Turkmenistan. Cooperation between the Government, UNICEF, UNESCO and other involved parties can ensure that this money is spent for the good of all Turkmenistan children. UNICEF Turkmenistan and UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office are convinced that an increased number of well educated citizens will help Turkmenistan move towards a bright and prosperous future.

For more information please contact:

Ms. Gulyalek Soltanova
UNICEF Communication Officer
Phone: +99312 425681/82/86/86
Fax: +99312 420830




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