Registan Square in the centre of old Samarkand
Locations of the partners of the DVV International Office in Uzbekistan (as of 2021)
Consultations on the institutionalisation of the Curriculum institutionALE at the Teacher Training Institute of the Centre for Vocational Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan
From 2002 to 2018, DVV International was represented by a regional office for Central Asia in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Since August 2018, the office in Tashkent has functioned as a country office. DVV International promotes programmes and partners there in their commitment to lifelong learning and adult education. Uzbekistan is, with about 34 million inhabitants, the most populous country in Central Asia and has been in the process of opening up to a free market economy and democracy since 2017. Overall, the policy environment for CSOs (civil society organisations) is improving, but many challenges remain, particularly in the areas of transparent policy and decision-making, human rights concerns and freedom of expression. The focus of the work in Uzbekistan is to provide quality education in the areas of employment promotion as well as political and cultural education for socially disadvantaged youth and women in several regions of the country. To do this, DVV International supports and promotes partner adult education institutions locally. A large component of DVV International’s activities in Uzbekistan is the promotion of the participation of CSOs in reform processes in the education sector, in particular if they strengthen the role of adult education. To this end, the office cooperates with a number of selected governmental and non-governmental actors in the country.
Development of adult education centres and establishment of a wide range of training programmes in different regions of Uzbekistan: in Samarkand, Fergana, Karshi and Termez, among others, selected partner organisations are being strengthened. This includes the further training of educational and administrative personnel, supporting processes of organisational development as well as the updating of existing and the development of new (digital) curricula as well as the provision of materials. In cooperation with partners, complex training programmes for socially disadvantaged groups, especially for women and young people, are offered.
Strengthening adult education in Uzbekistan: In cooperation with various stakeholders, DVV International contributes to improving the visibility of adult education and non-formal education through high-profile events and media.
Promoting exchanges for adult education related issues nationally and internationally: Through consultation, study tours and the organisation of roundtables and conferences in collaboration with national and international actors, DVV International contributes to the improvement of conditions in the education sector. The participation of Uzbek adult educators and decision-makers is supported in regional and international professional events. The office is guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global education agenda Education 2030 and the UNESCO World Conferences on Adult Education (CONFINTEA).
DVV International works in Uzbekistan with government, non-governmental and international organisations. Important governmental partners are the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Teacher Training Institute of the Vocational Training Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan (SSPO). Non-governmental partners include the non-governmental organisations SABR with its network of Community Development Centres, Intilish in the creation of educational and counselling services for prisoners and those released from prison, Istiqbolli Avlod, Mekhrjon (Fergana), and Yuksalish (Karshi). International partners are, for example, the UNESCO Office Tashkent, the Gesellschaft für international Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the development programmes of the European Union.