Uzbek Ambassador to Washington Javlon Vakhabov held talks with Senior Vice President of American Councils Michael Curtis.
The parties discussed the American Councils’ educational programs in Uzbekistan, promising areas for more projects, as well as the involvement of American Councils in improving the quality of teaching English in the country.
Michael Curtis expressed assured about the readiness of American Councils to continue to support Uzbek authorities’ efforts aimed building the capacity of the human resources and knowledge of the younger generation in the country. According to him, it is planned to send about 1,000 more teachers to Uzbekistan.
In addition, more than ten educational programs funded by the US government are currently underway in Uzbekistan. Among them - Future Leaders Exchange, University Partnership in Central Asia, English Speaking Nation, ESN Teacher Coaches Program, U.S. Central Asia Education Fund, US-CAEF Alumni Conference 2021, American Windows Uzbekistan, Faculty Enrichment Program, Young Professional Internships, Uzbekistan Business Leaders, Afghanistan University Student Exchange Program, Open World Leadership Center Program, Uzbekistan Youth Leadership Conference 2021.
All these projects will serve to improve the skills and knowledge of Uzbek specialists and youth. For example, within the framework of the FLEX program, it is planned to send 40 high school students the Uzbek secondary schools to the United States, and through the Faculty Enrichment Program, 30 teachers will take exchange courses in the United States, where they will not only gain leadership skills and study the American experience of teaching activities, but will also have the opportunity to share their own knowledge with their colleagues in the United States.
Following the talks, the parties agreed to expand bilateral partnership in such areas as increasing grant assistance in the field of educational projects for citizens of Uzbekistan in 2021-2022, organizing an educational fair in the republic until the end of 2022 with the involvement of leading American universities, expanding the network of test centers for knowledge of English (TOEFL) and others.