Visit of ADG for Education to Central Asia

31 January 2013

Mr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director General for Education (ADG/ED) paid an official working visit to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan from 27 to 30 January 2013. It was the first visit of Mr. Tang to Central Asia.

In Almaty Mr. Tang attended the Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education (CASIE) that was organized by UNESCO Bangkok Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office with financial support from the Government of Japan and in collaboration with Tokyo Institute of Technology. In his welcome speech the ADG pointed out the importance of ICT for improving the quality of education and strengthening the role of teachers and the learning process especially in Central Asia with its scattered population and mountains landscape.

Mr. Tang also met with high officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary General of the National Commission of Kazakhstan for UNESCO to discuss current education reforms and future collaboration with the Organisation.

Mr. Tang took the occasion to meet with the Rector and staff of the Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi . Some possible areas of future cooperation were identified.

In Kyrgyzstan Mr. Tang met the Minister of Education and Science, the Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO and other national partners. The ADG stressed that UNESCO would continue to focus its efforts on a few areas of major need for the country, especially peace-building and conflict prevention, through support to the Regional Resource Centre on Education for Conflict Prevention.

Government officials and NGO representatives were unanimous in voicing their appreciation for UNESCOs assistance in the country.

While in Almaty, the ADG held an informal meeting with the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office staff to discuss strategic priority issues.

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