The Swedish EF Education First is ready to invest nearly US$ 60 million in English language programs in Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Public Education (MPE) said.
The Minister of Public Education, Sherzod Shermatov, and the EF President Carl-Johann Westring signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 5.
According to the MoU, the parties intend to cooperate to assess the knowledge of pupils, teachers and volunteers. It is also planned to hold English language trainings and develop joint programs for the professional development of teachers.
“Today, English is the most popular language in the world. The cooperation between us will allow us to improve Uzbek children's English language proficiency, which will provide them more career opportunities,” Sherzod Shermatov said.
According to MPE, today more than 5.3 million children study English as a foreign language.
Education First is one of the largest educational companies in the world. EF have branches in more than 100 countries.