In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Uzbekistan received a GPE grant of US$70,000 to support the Ministry of Education with a rapid household survey on education sector interventions and requirements. The funds were also used to develop and implement a distance learning program.
Education in Uzbekistan
The education system in Uzbekistan is currently managed by three ministries: Ministry of Preschool Education (MoPSE), Ministry of Public Education (MoPE) and Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education (MoHSSE).
The Government of Uzbekistan spends a large share of its resources on education - considerably more than other countries in the Central Asia region and elsewhere with a similar income level.
The (MoPE) recently adopted the second education sector plan (2019-2023). The plan was developed with the participation of the different divisions of the MoPE, MoPSE, other line ministries (Finances, Economy, Health, and Employment and Labor Relations), as well as the State Inspection for the Quality of Education, State Statistics Committee and international development partners.
The 2019-23 ESP has an overall vision that reflects the recent reforms introduced by the Government of Uzbekistan and is consistent with the it’s national development strategy 2017-2021. It is holistic and sensitive to the context.
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Uzbekistan received a Multiplier grant of US$10 million which is mobilized alongside almost US$60 million in additional co-financing from the International Development Association and the Global Partnership for Results-based Approaches.
The program financed by a GPE grant aims at increasing access to early childhood education, improving the quality of education in project-supported public preschools, and enabling a systematic measurement of education quality for informed decision-making. It consists of 5 components:
- Improving quality of preschool education
- Increasing access to quality early learning environments
- Partnering with the private sector through a social impact bond
- Establishing an education quality measurement system
- Supporting project management
The strategies and targets proposed for the variable part reinforce the Government of Uzbekistan’s priorities to equitably expand access to pre-school education, develop and institutionalize a system for measuring school readiness (child development outcomes in pre-school), and promote the more efficient use of existing infrastructure resources in the context of rapid access expansion.
Considered together, and within the broader context of the sub-sector, implementation of the three proposed strategies are likely to result in significant positive changes in pre-school education in Uzbekistan.
All amounts are in US dollars.
|Grant type||Years||Allocations||Disbursements||Grant agent|
|Program implementation||2014-2019||49,900,000||48,520,738||World Bank||Progress report|
|Sector plan development||2018||150,000||150,000||UNICEF|
|Program development||2017-2019||200,000||199,898||World Bank|
Education sector progress
The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Uzbekistan, and GPE data shows the country progress on 16 indicators monitored in the GPE Results Framework.
Primary Completion Rate (%)
Lower secondary completion rate
Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age
Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age
Pre-primary gross enrollment rate
Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary
Public Expenditure on Education as Share of GDP (%)
Students/trained teacher ratio
Teachers Trained (%)
Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.