Despite current gaps in access and the forecasted increase in birth rate in the coming years,3 Kyrgyzstan is working towards an ambitious goal: to increase the coverage of children with preschool education to 80% by 2022.
To achieve this vision, it is crucial for us to consider a dynamic, systematic and comprehensive approach to strengthening our pre-primary system that is anchored in principles of efficiency and equity. The GPE and UNICEF supported BELDS initiative is helping us do just that.
A key priority of the Education Development Strategy
We recognize that ECE is an integral part of the education sector, which is why the Ministry of Education has elevated ECE as a key priority under the Education Development Strategy (EDS) for 2021-2040, currently being finalized.
We want to make sure that ECE is well reflected in the EDS and the next Education Action Plan (EAP) for 2021-2023 to ensure that our strategies and activities are well-articulated, and that we have the capacity and resources for full implementation.
These efforts have been supported through our country’s participation in the Better Early Learning and Development at Scale (BELDS) Initiative.
BELDS kicks off in Kyrgyzstan
BELDS launched in Bishkek in March 2019, with a diagnostic workshop to identify and analyze key priorities for ECE.
We examined key challenges – access, equity, quality, governance – and brainstormed on strategies and activities that could address them to integrate new solutions into the EDS and EAP.
“I used the diagnostic tool for the first time; it turned out to be surprisingly simple and flexible to use and opened up great opportunities for systematizing priority areas and in building policy measures according to our priorities.” Evgenia Boyko, Head of the Monitoring and Strategic Planning Department of MOES
The workshop built a common understanding among a range of stakeholders and served to develop our capacity.