IPPA Public Lecture May 29th: "Reforming Education for Economic and Social Development in Central Asia and Afghanistan"

Date: 29 May 2018
May 29th 2018, 3:00 pm
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Dr Bernadette Dean
Head, Education Improvement Programme
University of Central Asia

This lecture provides an overview of education reform in the three Central Asian Republics: the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan following the collapse of the Soviet Union and in post-Taliban ruled Afghanistan. With respect to the Central Asian Republics, it looks at the effects of the financial crises in the first decade of independence on the education system, the efforts of the government and international development/donors to restructure education for nation building and to meet the demands of a knowledge-based economy and the attempts of policy makers and practitioners to hold on to Soviet traditions. The emphasis in the current decade is on sustaining and scaling up of reforms that worked and reforming areas of need.
In the case of Afghanistan, it looks at yet another attempt in 2001 to build an education system from the ravages of over two decades of war, that would provide access to education especially to girls and to those living away from the main centres. The focus in the current decade is on improving the quality of education to facilitate economic development and ensure security. The lecture concludes by assessing the contribution of the education reforms to technological development and suggesting key areas for further reform in each of the countries.

Dr Bernadette L Dean is the Head of the Education Improvement Programme at the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining UCA, she held numerous high-level academic roles in Pakistan. Dr Dean was also Associate Professor, Head of Academic and Student Affairs and Team Leader of the Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Pakistan Programme at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development. Dr Dean has extensive experience teaching and supervising at all levels of education, from early childhood to PhD. She has served on the boards of academic journals, educational institutions, and non-government organisations; on federal and provincial government committees; and as an education consultant to development and donor agencies including the British Council, the GIZ/GIC, UNDP, UNICEF and USAID. Dr Dean holds a PhD in Education from the University of Alberta in Canada and a Master’s in Education from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan.
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
2nd Floor Conference Room.

The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation will be provided upon prior request.

We would highly appreciate if you kindly confirm your participation by email dilbara.kirbasheva@ucentralasia.org. Please indicate if you require Russian translation.

* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.

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