Education in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan aims to improve the education sector in order to maintain the country’s progress and address key issues for future development.
The national model of the education system is lifelong education for all citizens, where each person has the opportunity to acquire knowledge, professional skills, and to find a job.
While Uzbekistan has seen considerable progress in educational attainment for the 7-18 age group, pre-school education coverage is low at 23%.
There are challenges with gender equality and the education of socially vulnerable groups. Education quality across the system is also a concern.
The education sector plan’s goal is to achieve sustainable and quality growth of the population. The plan outlines these outcomes within each sub-sector:
- Develop children’s health and personalities in preparation for learning in school through implementing a national pre-school reform program.
- Develop learners’ general knowledge, independent thinking skills, and organizational skills in preparation for successful progression throughout the education system.
- Prepare learners for a successful transition to the labor market or higher education system.
- Prepare teachers for the transmission of knowledge, independent thinking skills, and organizational skills to develop learners’ ability to contribute to society.
- Prepare graduates of higher education systems to contribute to scientific progress, socio-economic, and cultural development.
- Empower adults to expand their knowledge and skills according to their needs and interests through non-formal education.
- Create opportunities for children and youth to pursue their interests during their free time.
- Support children and youth with special educational needs in accordance with their specific requirements and/or talents.
The plan also identifies 11 strategic areas that cut across all education sub-sectors. These strategic areas are: policy, infrastructure, staff development, monitoring & evaluation, sensitization & awareness raising, partnerships & integration of approaches, curriculum development, professional development, international exchange, access, and continuity across sub-sectors.