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UNICEF supported Early Childhood Education Curriculum approved by the Ministry of Education of Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, 6 June 2013 – The Collegium of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan, which was held on 28 May 2013, approved the Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum for alternative preschool education models. The ECE curriculum was developed by Academy of Education in collaboration with UNICEF and Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan.

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Curriculum is based on the “Early Learning Development Standards” (ELDS) developed by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. It also draws on the work of several early childhood theories, but heavily on the work of the High Scope Educational Research Foundation in the United States. This approach has proven to be adaptable to various settings and responsive to different cultures while still retaining the elements of a quality early childhood curriculum.

The ECE curriculum takes the format of stating learning outcomes and providing practical guidelines on learning experiences that teachers can utilise in their teaching practise. It promotes holistic development of children and allows space for more child initiated activities. The new ECE curriculum will be offered to children age 4-7 in alternative early learning groups for a homogeneous approach to early childhood development.

The Ministry of Education, with support from UNICEF, Aga Khan Foundation, and other partners will develop teacher training packages that will support the roll-out of the new ECE curriculum. It is expected that these packages be approved and adopted by the end of 2013. 

More information about ECE in Tajikistan:

-          Early Childhood Education: The Best Investment We Can Make! (Article)

-          Early Childhood: Foundation for All Development (Brochure)

-          Helping children prepare for school in Tajikistan (Story)




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