International conference in Bishkek

08 December 2022
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Credit: Taalim-Forum, Kyrgyzstan

The International Conference on Educational Strategies and Innovations in the Era of Digitalization organized by the Taalim-Forum Public Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic and the American University of Central Asia, was held on October 4-6, 2022, in Bishkek.

More than 160 in-person participants and over 60 online participants from Mongolia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Croatia, and others attended the conference. Participants included Ulanbek Mambetakunov, the Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tsermaa Todgerel, the Director of the Center for Information Technologies in Education under the Ministry of Education and Science of Mongolia, Alima Ibrasheva, the Deputy Chair of the Academic Affairs Board of the National Professional Development Center "Orleu" (Kazakhstan), Sangay Jamtsho, KIX Senior Program Officer, and KIX National Coordinators in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan, as well as researchers, experts, teachers and education managers.

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The conference was a platform to expand professional dialogue on a wide range of issues related to digitalization in education, to share knowledge and experiences in innovative approaches, distance learning technologies, and new opportunities, and to develop strategies and tools to improve the quality of education and ensure equitable access.

The conference included eight thematic sessions. 35 speakers made presentations, and more than 40 teachers and school administrators participated in roundtable discussions. Dr. Emma Sabzalieva from the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNESCO IESALC, Canada) and Dr. Duyshon Shamatov, Associate Professor at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan), presented the opening lectures.

Participants adopted a conference resolution, which included recommendations on continuous teacher professional development and digitalization in education. The conference was organized within the project Distance Education to Improve Quality and Access in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan, implemented in a consortium of three organizations with Taalim-Forum as the lead.