US to provide $50 million for Uzbekistan education reform

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TASHKENT (TCA) — A landmark Development Objective Assistance Agreement has been signed between the United States and Uzbekistan, which will commit up to $50 million from the United States to support education sector reform in Uzbekistan over the next five years, the US Embassy in Tashkent said.

This is the first comprehensive bilateral development grant agreement between the U.S. Government and the Government of Uzbekistan, which outlines the United States’ long-term commitment to supporting progress in the education sector. Activities funded under this agreement will be implemented in close coordination with the Government of Uzbekistan to improve early grade reading and math outcomes, use of information technology, and English language instruction.

Uzbekistan Minister of Public Education Sherzod Shermatov presided over the signing ceremony on September 30, along with U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Alan Meltzer and USAID Acting Regional Mission Director for Central Asia Julie Southfield.

“The United States is committed to supporting Uzbekistan’s efforts to equip its youth with the skills to succeed in the 21st century economy,” said Charge d’Affaires Meltzer during the ceremony. “This agreement expands and solidifies the U.S. – Uzbekistan partnership, and underscores U.S. commitment to Uzbekistan’s aspirations for a more prosperous future.”

Sergey Kwan

TCA