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NEWS AND EVENTS
November 11, 2005
ICT in Basic Education international conference starts
Two-day international Conference on ICT in Basic Education, organized by the Ministry of Public Education (MoPE) and the Asian Development Bank, started today, 11 November at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Approximately 200 sector experts and strategists from education, ICT related departments of government, oblast, rayon level public educational departments and schools, the donor community, potential suppliers of hardware, software and systems and the CIS and other countries participated in the event.

In March 2005 the Government of Uzbekistan on behalf of the ?oPE requested support from the ADB in the development of a National Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Strategy for Basic Education in Uzbekistan as part of the preparation of the ICT in Basic Education Project (ICTBEP).

This Draft National ICT Strategy is now at an advanced stage of preparation. MoPE and the ADB therefore hold an international Conference on ICT in Basic Education to discuss and debate the Draft National ICT Strategy for Basic Education.

The Conference will focus on the opportunities and strategies for using ICT as a key learning and teaching tool to support quality improvements across the curriculum, and the current constraints on the introduction of ICT in Uzbekistan and the strategies proposed to address the constraints.

The Conference also wishes to attract key speakers from other CIS countries and from countries with extensive experience in the use of ICT across the curriculum in order to take full account of current best practice prior to the finalization of the strategy.

Expected outcomes of the Conference will include the finalization of the National ICT Strategy for Basic Education in Uzbekistan and the development of an ongoing dialogue with Uzbekistan and between Uzbekistan and other countries on the use of ICT in education. Among the key themes and sub-themes identified as part of the National Strategy that the Conference will explore are:

? Effective and sustainable financing for ICT for Basic Education

? Hardware, communications & connectivity issues

? Developing e-learning resources in local languages

? Strategies for Integrating ICT into teaching & learning across the curriculum

? Achieving e-readiness in schools, teachers and parents

? Pro-poor strategies

? ICT for Special Educational Needs ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in the Asia and Pacific region through pro-poor sustainable economic growth, social development, and good governance.

Established in 1966, it is owned by 64 members - 46 from the region. In 2004, it approved loans and technical assistance totaling US$5.3 billion and US $196.6 million, respectively.

Uzbekistan joined ADB in 1995. As of 31 October 2005, cumulative lending to the country stood at US $890 million for 18 loans. ADB has approved 58 technical assistance grants to Uzbekistan totaling US $30 million.

ADB has provided US $260 million in loans to Uzbekistan\'s education sector since 1997, including projects for the development of textbooks and the textbook rental scheme, policy reform, rural school development, and senior secondary education development. ADB has also provided 10 technical assistance projects for the education sector totaling US$4 million.


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