USAID Partners with the Uzbekistan Ministry of Public Education to Strengthen English as a Foreign Language Instruction

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Friday, June 17, 2022

June 6-10, 2022, Tashkent, Uzbekistan – In partnership with the Ministry of Public Education (MOPE), the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Uzbekistan Education for Excellence Program hosted a five-day workshop to strengthen English as a Foreign Language instruction in Uzbekistan’s public schools. The workshop, which was attended by Ministry officials, teachers, educators, policymakers, and curriculum writers, advanced the Government of Uzbekistan’s goal of an English-speaking nation by 2030. The workshop is part of a two-year effort by USAID’s Uzbekistan Education for Excellence Program, in partnership with Florida State University, to develop English language education tools and learning materials customized  for Uzbekistan and its culture.

“USAID is very proud to partner with the Ministry of Public Education in its efforts to improve the quality of education, thereby improving the learning outcomes and skills of children and youth. Our continued collaboration through our Uzbekistan Education for Excellence Program and this week’s workshop contribute to the ambitious aims of Uzbekistan’s English-Speaking Nation Initiative,” said USAID’s Education Director, Luann Gronhovd.

Highlighting the importance of the workshop, Shukhrat Sattorov, Director of the Republican Education Center, stated: “The Ministry of Public Education aims to improve English language instruction by enhancing the curriculum with modern methodologies and student-centered and standards-based approaches. Our partnership with USAID provides us with valuable international technical assistance to enhance our educators’ understanding of modern educational trends and support a vision of graduates with practical skills for future learning and employment opportunities." 

The workshop focused on strengthening the MOPE’s ability to select, design, and evaluate instructional materials. It provided Uzbekistani educators with resources and knowledge about current international standards of learning for foreign language instruction. The workshop also built capacity within the Ministry of Public Education’s design departments to create engaging and appropriate content for children. The event was live-streamed throughout the five days to allow educators from all over Uzbekistan to attend, learn and benefit.

USAID, in partnership with the MOPE, has developed student learning standards, textbooks and workbooks, teachers’ guides, and the Learning Digital platform, which serves as a repository of teaching and learning materials for educators in Uzbekistan. USAID has also trained approximately 800 teachers and produced 33 English as a Foreign Language books for Grades 1–11, which the MOPE will distribute nationwide in the 2022-2023 academic year. These new materials will ensure that over 6 million students in Uzbekistan will have access to high quality textbooks, and tens of thousands of teachers will use high quality teacher guides for English as a Foreign Language instruction.

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USAID partners with the Government of Uzbekistan to diversify the country’s economy and increase regional trade, address serious health threats – including COVID-19 – and build the government’s capacity to respond to the population’s needs. For more information, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/uzbekistan, and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USAIDUzbekistan/

Last updated: July 19, 2022

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