11.04.2012 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

Teachers built with 21st century skills

Teachers built with 21st century skills

More than 6,200 school teachers in Uzbekistan have been trained on pedagogical technologies of the 21st century.

Enhancing the quality of education is a constant process on the priority agenda of the Government. The education system needs flexibility to prepare the young generation for a successful future. Students should develop their intellectual skills for a higher order of thinking, realize their abilities and become more competitive under the conditions of the knowledge economy of the 21stcentury.

“We should keep in mind that our school children get accustomed to the most innovative educational and information technology, so that they should be able to shape necessary skills for perfectly positioning themselves in the dynamic developing technological world,” said Jorge Ivan Espinal, Head of UNESCO Tashkent.

UNESCO Tashkent is catalyzing knowledge sharing and public-private partnership for 21st Century teacher education practices, jointly with the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic Uzbekistan and with technical and financial support of Intel and Korean Fund-in-Trust.

The ICT-enhanced teacher education programmes offer teachers who have little or no experience in working with computers to practice the intensive use of technologies in their daily work with students. They apply ICTs in the preparation of teaching materials and lesson plans, and in designing and facilitating collaborative work and research projects for students. The primary focus in this teacher education project is to build their capacities to help students in developing skills based on values, knowledge and the abilities necessary for a global market.

Also, particular attention is given to ongoing development of teachers’ computer literacy, Internet use, multimedia content development, editing and developing electronic texts and tables. More importantly, teachers develop advanced understanding on student-oriented teaching, development of critical thinking, collaborative learning and the teacher’s role as facilitator.

The teacher education programme has been running since May 2010 with a first training conducted in the ancient city of Samarkand, where Master Teachers were prepared from pre-service and in-service teacher training institutions. Resource materials were translated and adapted in local conditions.

According to the Monitoring and Evaluation Study of this programme, over 76 per cent of trained teachers are applying their acquired new skills in school teaching, while others are not applying them due to the insufficient ICT equipment in the schools. The same study revealed that over 6,200 school teachers have been trained by Master Teachers on “Introduction to information and pedagogical technologies of 21st century,” a teacher education curriculum offered by UNESCO Tashkent and Intel.

<txp:image id="201" align="left" />“A training programme that I had a chance to attend allowed me to look at my pedagogical activities from a different perspective; to master new approaches to the project based learning for my students, to change my view and understanding on education content and effective organization of learning processes, to accept my role as facilitator in the education process,” said Rustam Badalov, English teacher from a public school in Fergana.

Owing to these circumstances, the UNESCO-initiated teacher education programmes in partnership with Intel and with financial support of Korean Fund-in-Trust is starting to receive wide recognition by school teachers, education policy makers and pedagogical communities. It is worthwhile to note that Intel is fruitfully working with school teachers all over the world by developing and delivering ICT-enhanced innovative teacher education programmes in basic, secondary, tertiary and lifelong education.

UNESCO Tashkent will continue to promote teacher education programmes, such as one-to-one Computing and Project Based Learning in Secondary General and Secondary Specialized Education in Uzbekistan.

For more details, please contact b.namazov(at)unesco.org

By Bakhtiyor Namazov, UNESCO Tashkent

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