Strengthened ICT Competencies for Teacher Help to Underpin Quality Education
Promoting education that will equip students with the knowledge, competencies and skills for the job market is integral to Uzbekistan’s national development strategy – and teachers have a central role to play in this regard. In Uzbekistan, many teachers’ capacities require further strengthening so that they know how to effectively use software, integrate technologies into teaching and learning, and ensure innovative teaching that imparts 21st Century skills to students.
The United Nations, with funding from the Republic of Korea, has contributed toward these effortsby focusing on teacher training reforms that have led to the formulation of National ICT Competency Requirements for Teachers; these currently await official endorsement. The ICT requirements will underscore a stronger emphasis on the use of technologies in teaching, and will serve as a basis for reviewing and updating teacher education and training alike. Already the national teacher training and development programmes have been revised into competency-based ones whereby teachers’ progress is systematically guided, monitored, assessed and tracked at both institutional and policy levels.
To define national ICT requirements, a review of the current readiness of teachers and their capacities’ correspondence with the national education goals and vision was conducted. Diverse approaches to the development of competency standards for teachers also were explored, including UNESCO’s generic ICT competency framework for teachers developed in partnership with Microsoft, Intel and Cisco, as well as good practices from other countries in the region and beyond. All this has helped to ensure that the national requirements can be effective in assisting Uzbekistan’s young people, who represent the future of the country.