Ministry of Education and Science, Islamic Development Bank, UNICEF and Global Partnership for Education joining hands to support the implementation of Competency Based Education in Tajikistan

21 October 2020
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UNICEF Tajikistan/2020

The Ministry of Education and Science, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Global Partnership for Education and UNICEF are joining hands to support the continuous improvement of quality education, with focus on competency-based education. A strategic partnership has been signed today between His Excellency Mr. Imomzoda Muhammadusuf Saidali, Minister of Education and Science, and Mr. Osama Makkawi Khogali, Representative of UNICEF Tajikistan, committing 3.7USD million to the implementation of quality education strategic objectives of the Tajikistan’s National Strategy for Education Development, as part of joint programme funded by the Global Partnership Education (GPE) in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank.   

The meeting was attended by Muhammadyusuf Imomzoda, Minister of Education and Science, Osama Makkawi, Representative of the UN Children's Fund, as well as Mr. Ibrahim Shoukry, Head of IsDB Office in Almaty for Central Asia and Muhammad Tariq, GPE Senior Education Specialist and Country Lead for Tajikistan, who spoke remotely

"At the same time, it is a great honor for the Ministry of Education and Science to have UNICEF as the coordinator of other development partners in education and to receive their support in cooperation with other international organizations and development partners," said Minister of Education and Science Muhammadyusuf Imomzoda.

 “The Islamic Development Bank has a long-standing experience in the education sector in Tajikistan. We are firmly committed to working with the Global Partnership for Education to leverage resources and expertise to ensure access to quality basic and secondary education in developing countries by making education more relevant to national economies and development agenda. Our new strategy in education is to shift from schooling to learning. This joint project provides an opportunity to do these in partnership with UNICEF and other stakeholders in Tajikistan.”, said Dr. Mansur Muhtar, Vice President Country Programs, IsDB.

The Islamic Development Bank has a long-standing experience in the education sector in Tajikistan. We are firmly committed to working with the Global Partnership for Education to leverage resources and expertise to ensure access to quality basic and secondary education in developing countries by making education more relevant to national economies and development agenda.

“Every child has the right to quality learning”, said Osama Makkawi Khogali, Representative of UNICEF Tajikistan. “Multi stakeholder partnerships with Ministry of Education and Science, Global Partnership for Education and IsDB ensures that children, especially those living in marginalized communities have equitable access to quality education from early childhood to adolescence, including marginalized children from across the country.”

Multi stakeholder partnerships with Ministry of Education and Science, Global Partnership for Education and IsDB ensures that children, especially those living in marginalized communities have equitable access to quality education from early childhood to adolescence, including marginalized children from across the country.

“GPE is pleased to continue supporting the Government of Tajikistan to implement the education sector strategy through the joint GPE/IsDB funding. The joint program is designed to address issues of equity, efficiency and learning outcomes,” said Muhammad Tariq Khan, GPE Secretariat’s Country Lead for Tajikistan.

With this partnership, the Ministry of Education and Science continues its longtime commitment to strengthen Tajikistan’s education system and help children, including those with disabilities, get a quality education. As such, this partnership falls within the framework of the 10USD million Multiplier Grant from the GPE, leveraging 30USD million co-financing from the Islamic Development Bank, acting as GPE grant agent for this funding.

As part of the agreement, UNICEF will support the Ministry of Education and Science through a 4-year programme aimed at modernizing educational content and improving learning outcomes. The Programme includes a set of interventions targeted at quality and relevance of education through ensuring inclusive education, enhancing in-service and pre-service professional development, and facilitating the development of modern teaching-learning materials for children in pilot districts. Teachers will also be trained in administering learning assessments in grades 5 to 9 in line with the new competency-based curriculum. While focusing on teachers’ capacity and training, it is expected that learning outcomes of Tajik children will further improve to reach required standards. 

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