Strengthening Multilingual Education in Central Asia

19/12/2019
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UNESCO Almaty again supported the Regional School “Multilingual education based on the mother tongue: conditions for ensuring quality and sustainability”, organized by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) in Osh, Kyrgyz Republic, on November 18-22.

About 100 pedagogues and managers from preschools, secondary schools and universities from Central Asia and Mongolia learned about various approaches on developing curriculum and teaching materials and competency-based assessment techniques in multilingual education. They enriched each other’s experiences by sharing their practices on implementing competency-based multilingual education and exploring ways for further cooperation. The agenda also included visits to kindergartens, schools and universities, where multilingual teaching and learning is implemented or piloted.

The School provided a number of opportunities to learn about specific topics, based on research and experiences of participants and experts in thematic master classes. The topics included fairy tales and their role in early childhood development and career preparation programs in schools. UNESCO Almaty staff and its experts from Estonia also trained on multilingual education and global citizenship education in plenary sessions and master classes.

Other partners of the event included the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, UNICEF in the Kyrgyz Republic and the Regional Branch of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for Central Asia (OHCHR).

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