Education Improvement Programme Boosts Quality of Education in Central Asia
The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Education Improvement Programme (EIP) conducted face-to-face professional development workshops for 171 teachers of English, math, chemistry and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Naryn (Kyrgyzstan), and Taldykorgan (Kazakhstan) in January. The workshops focused on enhancing teachers’ knowledge of specific subject content, as well as creating innovative activities, strategies, and skills to develop students’ curricula and competencies. The workshops also provided a platform for teachers to collaborate and share learning.
Participants lauded the quality of the content and pedagogy of the workshops. “UCA’s Education Improvement Programme team designed a wonderful programme which addresses our specific needs, and will help us improve our teaching methodology,” said Qalandarov Saidakbar, math teacher from School #2 of Muminobod district in Tajikistan. Gulshat Abdyldaeva, English language teacher at the Karybek uulu Akmataaly School in Naryn added that, “this programme exceeded my expectations, and made me realise that there are always new skills, and paths to explore.”
Qalandarov Saidakbar, math teacher from School #2 in the Muminobod district in Tajikistan, delivered a demo lesson to workshop participants.
Participants improved their lesson planning skills, designed SMART learning outcomes, received constructive feedback from their peers and facilitators, and also covered the use of ICT to facilitate teaching and learning. In Tajikistan, teachers of ICT developed their knowledge and skills to teach the programming language of C++.
The workshops were designed by UCA’s EIP team to address the professional development needs of teachers, and were delivered by EIP with the support of university faculty, and teachers from UCA’s partner schools in all three countries.
In Kyrgyzstan, an additional two-day face-to-face workshop was organised by EIP for 21 school Directors and Deputy Directors. The workshop focused on teaching participants how to develop, monitor and evaluate a School Development Plan, and was delivered by Dr. Duishon Shamatov, faculty member of Nazarbayev University. “I have attended many seminars and workshops, but none of them were as fruitful as this programme organised by the University of Central Asia,” said Aida Kerimbaeva, Director of School #4 in Naryn.
Workshop participants are now tasked to apply the new knowledge and skills to their classrooms. EIP will provide additional support in the coming months, as they continue working to improve the quality of education in Central Asia, and promoting the social and economic development of the region.