Joint efforts accelerated towards education transformation in the Kyrgyz Republic
The Ministry of Education and Science (MOES) and UNICEF have joined forces to accelerate education system transformation for greater equity, inclusiveness and accountability.
The National Consultation Forum ahead of the Global Transforming Education Summit
The MOES, with support from UNICEF and UNESCO, organized the national consultation forum in Bishkek in June 2022 and formulated the country commitment statement prior to the Global Transforming Education Summit (TES) in New York. Civil society organizations, donors and individual advocates were also engaged in the open dialogue.
In addition, U-Report allowed 1,600 young people to express their concerns about learning loss during the pandemic and suggestions to the government in the consultation process. The commitments made by the government entail greater equity and inclusiveness in access to education, more investment in children’s foundational and transferable skills development and teacher professional development, and stronger efficiency and transparency in education financing.
To follow up on these TES commitments, UNICEF played a sector-lead role in supporting the MOES in organizing the Joint Sector Review (JSR) in December 2022. The first-ever JSR enabled line ministries, development partners and civil society organizations to discuss and agree on key transformative reform areas to be addressed in 2023 and beyond. This is one of the key milestones achieved at the sector level. The planned 12-year education system, limited learning outcomes, teacher development, and financial efficiency and accountability were further discussed. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) also participated in the policy dialogue.
Whilst maintaining this momentum, the MOES and UNICEF remain committed to advancing the progress towards the realization of TES commitments and accelerating the ongoing reform efforts for education transformation in the Kyrgyz Republic. This will enable all children and young people to increase their quality learning and skills development opportunities.
The first-ever Joint Sector Review is one of the key milestones achieved at the sector level, which helped to agree on key transformative reform areas to be addressed in 2023 and beyond.