JICA, Ministry of Preschool Education and Ministry of Public Education sign records of discussions on technical cooperation project
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- On 11 June 2021, JICA Uzbekistan Office, Ministry of Preschool Education and Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan signed records of Discussions on JICA`s technical cooperation project for “Strengthening Teachers` Capacity to Respond to Children with Disabilities in Preschool Education in Uzbekistan”.
The overall goal of the project will put the technical focus on Inclusive Education as well as will cover knowledge and skills of Special Needs Education as a foundation of teachers’ practices in Inclusive Education. The Project will refer and make use of existing knowledge and experiences of Special Needs Education of preschool primary school teachers when it develops the in-service teachers’ training program.
The project’s target age of children will cover from two to seven years old in preschool and primary education. The project scope includes the first grade of primary education in pilot areas in order to ensure the smoother transition of children with disabilities to primary education and effects/impacts of the strengthen practice in preschool education.
In addition, the project will cover five types of disabilities, namely physical, visual, hearing, intellectual and developmental disabilities with support of a Japanese expert who will stay up to six months per year in Uzbekistan.
Another component of the project is short-term training programs in Japan. JICA will accept twelve experts from Uzbekistan, i.e. ten from the MoPSE and two from the MoPE, per Japanese financial year for three years. As of March 2021, any visits to Japanese educational and medical institutions are, unfortunately, impossible in Japanese fiscal year 2021 (from April 2021 to March 2022). In case the Uzbek side requests urgent implementation of trainings, the Japanese expert will arrange it on a remote basis.
JICA will also arrange high-ranking officials’ invitation trip to Japan at the same time of one of the Project’s training programs in Japan, so that high-ranking officials will be able partly join site visits of educational facilities in Japan with training participants.
It is expected that the Project directly/indirectly will contribute to implementation of the Laws of Uzbekistan «On education», «On preschool education and upbringing», «On people with disabilities», Concept and Road Map for development of inclusive education in the public education system in 2020-2025, State education programme “Ilk Kadam (First step)”, etc. November, 2021 is supposed date of the project commencement.
At the signing ceremony of the project, Ministry of Preschool Education and Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan expressed their gratitude for JICA’s support that makes it possible to contribute to the enhancement of quality of preschool and primary education in terms of introduction of Japanese best practices of Inclusive and Special Needs Education as well as its willingness to continue cooperation with JICA in the education sector.