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Mr. Ziyovuddin Jaloliddinov represented Uzbekistan and presented a paper outlining the country’s experience in implementing ICT for education programmes.

Uzbekistan is located in the heart of Central Asia. The country proclaimed its independence in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today, Uzbekistan has a 99% literacy rate, while Its total school population is 6 million.

In 1992, the government adapted the Law on Education, which was amended in 1997 to meet the demands of the National Programme on Personnel Training. This programme introduces reforms in the education system and part which being the integration of ICT in education.

The national policy stresses the need to achieve computer literacy among all students, promote the use of ICT in schools and everyday life and the integration of ICT into education and industries.

The goals and objectives of the ICT for education programmes are to:

  • Establish regional and national networks with global access;
  • Change teaching practices and methods;
  • Reduce education gap between regions;
  • Access to global network for the use of additional materials;
  • Increase of software supply; and
  • Use ICT in management and monitoring of education system.

To date, there are 9,668 schools in Uzbekistan, out of which 4,597 have computer classes of different models. ICT is a required subject in schools with computers being used for subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Teacher training includes pre-service and in-service training. Pre-service training is conducted through five pedagogical higher education institutions and as special courses in other higher education institutions. Meanwhile, in-service training is conducted through the provision of special courses and training in 14 provincial institutes of in-service training and the Central Institute for the In-service Training of Public Education Managers. Futhermore, the Ministry of Public Education launched a Basic Education Staff Development Programme that uses distance learning in teacher training.