On October 25, 2023, the V National Forum Everything for Education – Education for All was held in Bishkek with the goal to strengthen the interaction of stakeholders in achieving SDG-4. The event was attended by representatives of the Administration of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Labor, Social Security and Migration, the Kyrgyz Academy of Education, various educational institutions and public organizations. The Forum was organized by the Association for the Development of Education in Kyrgyzstan.
Jyldyz Doolbekova, lead for the project, Distance education to improve quality and access to school education in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan, made a presentation at the Forum on Digital transformation of school education in Kyrgyzstan: teachers’ readiness, where she shared the results of the research conducted between 2021 and 2023. According to the data obtained, teachers’ assessment of their experience of distance education during the pandemic was largely negative due to the difficulties of combining work and family responsibilities in one space, the need to purchase technical means for teaching, the quality of the Internet, the lack of digital skills, etc. The speaker emphasized that digital tools and resources improve the quality, equity and efficiency of education when they are accompanied by qualified methodological support, public investments and effective educational policy. She noted the importance of developing and improving educational programs to develop ICT skills among teachers and managers, which is necessary for the successful digital transformation of the education system. For school education, particular attention must be directed to the introduction of innovations, which requires development of a conceptual framework, mechanisms for implementation, evaluation and scaling.
During discussions, participants exchanged their experiences in expanding opportunities for equitable access to quality education using digital and innovative approaches.