US government to support Uzbek education reform


TASHKENT -- Uzbek and US officials Wednesday (February 27) in Tashkent inked a memorandum of understanding on education, AKIpress reported, citing the Uzbek Ministry of Public Education.

Uzbek Minister of Public Education Sherzod Shermatov, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells and US Agency for International Development Bureau for Asia Deputy Assistant Administrator for Javier Piedra signed the document.

Under the agreement, the US government will help Uzbekistan reform its education sector through consultations and technical assistance aimed at improving teaching methodologies and developing training programmes.

USAID will also support Early Grade Reading and Mathematics Assessments for Uzbek primary school students.

The US Department of State will help the Ministry of Public Education establish school counselling services, develop new learning standards and textbooks, provide training for English language teachers and engage students in sports and extracurricular activities to prevent violence.

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