In 2019, the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) signed the MoU with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic for mutual implementation of ICDL programmes. In conjunction to the “Demilgeluu Jashtar” project, 50 schools were selected from seven regions of Kyrgyzstan to pilot ICDL program.
UCA SPCE conducted a training session for 100 IT instructors from selected 50 schools who undergo two-week training on ICDL program and passed the ICDL test. UCA then provide learning materials for selected schools to teach 6th – 9th grades students. At the end of each academic year, an Olympiad will be organized for students of these schools, of which the best will be invited to take the final ICDL test at one of the 10 test centres within these selected schools. It aims at testing and certifying 600 students with ICDL annually.
“Your profession as a teacher touches the lives of many young people, and will open doors for lifelong learning and development,” said Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Rector of UCA, congratulating the graduates. “Through this training programme, the University of Central Asia aims to contribute to the education of teachers, as well as support the government of Kyrgyzstan in its digital initiatives.”
In May 6th 2019, UCA SPCE in Kyrgyzstan launched two new test centres to offer testing for ICDL certification. The centres are located at the Ninakan Zhundubaeva school (Kochkor village), and the Korchubek Aknazarov school (Cholpon village) in the Kochkor district, and were established as part of the “Demilgeluu Jashtar” project. Within this project, 11 schools in the Naryn region are currently implementing the ICDL programme, and over 4,000 students from these schools have already been trained with the support of UCA as an official operator of ICDL in Central Asia. In 2020, 8 additional ICDL Accredited Test Centres will be opened based on the current selected schools.
The ICDL training programme was implemented with the support by UCA and was conducted under the “Demilgeluu Jashtar” project which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The “Demilgeluu Jashtar” project is aimed at increasing economic employment and civic engagement of young people in the Kyrgyz Republic. This project is implemented by the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme for Kyrgyzstan, University of Central Asia, Association of Social Entrepreneurs, International Educational Debate Association in Central Asia, and Accelerate Prosperity.