Promoting innovation in the Central Asian region at EPIC 2023

26 July 2023
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Credit: Taalim-Forum

In June 2023, the team leading the KIX project Distance education to improve quality and access to school education in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan project, consisting of representatives from Taalim-Forum (Kyrgyzstan), Nomadic Nature Conservation (Mongolia), and Anahita (Tajikistan), participated in the Second KIX Europe, Asia and the Pacific (EAP) Hub’s Education Policy and Innovation Conference (EPIC). As an official partner of the event, along with 30 other international, regional and local organizations and educational institutions, Taalim-Forum provided extensive support via social media, reaching researchers, education experts and practitioners.

In the session, The use of technology in the post-COVID-19 era, Jyldyz Doolbekova, Project Manager, and Abduvokhid Safarov, Country Coordinator for Tajikistan, presented on the Digital transformation of school education in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: trends & challenges. The Project's Research and Knowledge Mobilization Assistant, Meerim Baymbetova, gave a presentation entitled, A teacher as a driver of innovations: some insights from the research in Kyrgyzstan in the conference session on Lessons learned from scaling innovations. Tungalagtuya Khuuhenduu, Country Coordinator (Mongolia), participated in the session Approaches for addressing inequity and low quality in education and presented on Ensuring access and equality of education in Mongolia. Almagul Osmonova, Director of Taalim-Forum and Aigerim Jolchubekova, Communications and IT Assistant, presented on Teacher professional development in Kyrgyzstan: Analysis and recommendations for reform in the session focused on experiences in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

In total, six team members gave four presentations based on qualitative and quantitative research data from the three countries as part of the research project Distance Education to improve Quality and Access to School Education in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan.

All presentations attracted the interest of the audience and colleagues from other countries, and the feedback received underlined the importance of the ongoing large-scale research across these three countries.

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