Over 658,000 children received storybooks to support the home-based early reading initiative sponsored by the GPE-funded program. Credit: World Bank / Mirzo Ibragimov

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$60,908,950

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • System capacity

Education sector plan

Objectives: Access and inclusion; safe and enabling learning environment, curriculum, pedagogy and assessments; teaching learning materials; professional status of teachers and educational staff; systemic reforms and managements; monitoring and evaluation including EMIS.

Other key documents

Transforming education in Uzbekistan

The education system in Uzbekistan is currently managed by two ministries: Ministry of Preschool and School Education and Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education.

The education is the sector with the highest government expenditures, 20.5 percent of public expenditures and 4.9 percent of the national GDP, according to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics. This is considerably more than other countries in the Central Asia region and elsewhere with a similar income level.

The Ministry of Preschool and School Education 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.

Result story

Uzbekistan: Teacher home visits support learning for the youngest children

  • 7-year-old Hondamir is now ready to attend primary school thanks to the home visiting program.
  • A Multiplier grant of US$10 million mobilized alongside almost US$60 million in additional co-financing from the World Bank, supports the early childhood development project. This program aims to increase access to preschool education for vulnerable children living in remote areas of Uzbekistan.
  • Since Hondamir started participating in the home visiting program, his knowledge and skills have improved significantly. He, along with 2180 children participating in the program, is now fully prepared for primary school.


(data as of October 03, 2023)

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2023 - 2024

    Allocation: US$200,000

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: IsDB

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2022 - 2023

    Allocation: US$184,500

    Utilization: US$162,759

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Multiplier

    Years: 2019 - 2024

    Allocation: US$10,000,000

    Utilization: US$3,984,886

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2018

    Allocation: US$150,000

    Utilization: US$150,000

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2017 - 2018

    Allocation: US$349,596

    Utilization: US$349,596

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2017 - 2019

    Allocation: US$199,898

    Utilization: US$199,898

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2014 - 2019

    Allocation: US$49,338,583

    Utilization: US$49,338,583

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2013 - 2014

    Allocation: US$236,372

    Utilization: US$236,425

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2012 - 2013

    Allocation: US$250,000

    Utilization: US$250,000

    Grant agent: UNICEF

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