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Turkmenistan upholds the importance of quality education by joining Global Campaign for Education

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 24 April 2008

This week the beautiful Ruhnama secondary school in Ashgabat, capital city of Turkmenistan kicked off a nationwide celebration of the World Education Week, globally organized by the Global Campaign for Education and UNESCO. Students and teachers of the newly established school specialized in mathematics and physics gathered together early in the morning to add their voices that every child in the world has the right for quality education and raised their concerns about inequalities and exclusion in education, which still persist in many countries.

The campaign, supported by the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan and UNICEF, aims at boosting children’s participation to address education issues and increase their understanding that quality education is a key to achieving economic growth and development, health of nation and democratic society. Participation of the first Deputy Minister of Education, Ms. Gulshat Mamedova and UNICEF Representative, Dr. Waheed Hassan, and national media in the opening ceremony in the school attached significance to this event, which simultaneously took place in about 120 countries worldwide, and enabled children to learn about the importance of quality education.


“I am very excited to be a part of this project and have an opportunity to explain to my students about the importance of getting a good education for their own future, wellbeing of our country, and ultimately, for a global human development. Unfortunately, global education disparities make us recognize that quality education is public wealth and every country should strive for better lives for children,” said Dursunsoltan Sahatova, a young history teacher who gave the world’s largest lesson to the eighth grade students, simultaneously with thousands of other teachers in over 100 other countries in the world.

In addition to the lesson, in which school students found out about examples of inadequate education in the world and were able to compare these examples with national education environment, the school management organized a poster contest among juniors and a composition contest among senior students who could choose from two themes “The School of My Dream” and “Why is it Important to Learn”. Similarly, children had fun by playing various games and drawing pictures. Similar activities would be replicated in all schools in the country during this week so that all children of Turkmenistan will have a chance to contribute to the global campaign.

Not only this campaign had an advocacy power to attract politicians to speak about importance of quality education but also it brought joy to children and strengthened more teacher-student relations. As one of the active school students, Enejan Hojanazarova, 15 years old, expressed, “I love my school and my teachers. I am very happy that I am able to go to school and learn many things. I wish that those kids who are deprived of good learning in some other countries were as lucky as me. When I grow up I will become a math teacher and will do all my best that all children in my country are well educated.”

For more information please contact:

Gulshat Amandurdieva
UNICEF Education Officer

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

Global campaign website





World Record Broken

More than 7.5 million children, adults, teachers and campaigners took part in the Global Campaign for Education’s “World’s Biggest Lesson”. The world record for the largest simultaneous lesson in history has been broken already – and the numbers are still coming in.  The World’s Biggest Lesson focused on providing a quality basic education to everyone especially the 72 million children and 774 million adults who are currently missing out.  All over the world Politicians and Ministers went back to school, were taught the lesson by children before being asked what they planned to do to make sure everyone gets a quality education.

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