Transforming education in Tajikistan

Tajikistan introduced a competency-based education (CBE) curriculum in 2015 with the aim to transition to a holistic, student-centered approach to education that fosters students’ development of improved cognitive skills and 21st-century content knowledge.

However, a 2021 report found that more resources and coordinated efforts are needed to ensure CBE is fully integrated into the education system. They are striving to accelerate efforts to implement CBE for the benefit of all children, more deeply embedding this approach across the system.

GPE will support the government to ensure more student-centered learning assessments and data management systems will enable policymakers to adjust curriculum implementation to the needs and performance of boys and girls beyond basic education.

Updated teaching and learning materials and competency-based teacher professional development will contribute to better education quality, while a range of improvements to school infrastructure will ensure more inclusive learning environments.

Result story

Tajikistan: A new school is set to transform learning

  • The community-built School 30 in Danghara doesn’t have the appropriate facilities and classrooms are too small to accommodate the students comfortably.
  • New schools with upgraded toilets and access to technology are transforming the learning experience for children living in remote regions of the country.
  • Putting these basics in place frees teachers and children to focus on effective learning through competency-based education—the priority reform chosen by Tajikistan.


(data as of April 12, 2024)

  • Type: System transformation and Multiplier

    Years: 2023 -

    Allocation: US$25,000,000

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: IsDB

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2022 - 2025

    Allocation: US$2,600,000

    Utilization: US$461,830

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Multiplier

    Years: 2020 - 2024

    Allocation: US$10,000,000

    Utilization: US$5,513,092

    Grant agent: IsDB

Civil society engagement

As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting the Alliance of CSOs in Tajikistan for Education (ACTE) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

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