2010 - Year of Harmoniously Developed Generation
President approves State Program for 2010
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov signed a resolution on 27 January on the State Program “Year of harmoniously developed generation”. As reported earlier, the year 2010 was proclaimed Year of harmoniously developed generation in Uzbekistan.
The document envisages implementation of a wide range of measures aimed at creating of required conditions in the country for upbringing healthy and harmoniously developed generation, and realization of the young people’s potential.
Among the key tasks of the program are improvement of the legislation related to protection of the rights and interests of the children and youth, and expanding reforms in healthcare sector.
The program also stipulates improvement of the educational standards, study programs and literature, improvement of education in schools, professional colleges and lyceums, wide introduction of ICT in education and stimulating teachers.
One of the tasks included in the State Program is development and introduction in the people’s lives of the modern information and communication technologies, digital communication tools and the Internet.
An important area is strengthening activities in attracting the young people to sports and promoting healthy lifestyle, construction of new sports complexes and preparation of highly qualified trainers.
The program also includes issues of stimulation of the small business and private entrepreneurship, with creating conditions for attracting the youth to this area, especially in the rural areas.
The government has been entrusted with developing a package of measures for development of science and supporting the young people in their scientific activities.
Strengthening support of the young families and ensuring their legal and social protection, as well as protecting the young people from alcohol and drug abuse are other tasks of the program.
Art of Reflecting Reality by Young Actors’ Images
10.12.2010, Uzbekistan Today
For over 80 years, one of the oldest theaters of the country have delighted their visitors with fine products of national dramaturgy that occupied an important place in its “golden depository”. Several generations of artists celebrating musical-drama art have been replaced within those years. And, today, the theater’s creative staff with its talents writes another page in the history of the Muqimiy State Musical Theater, continuing its traditions and creating new ones.
The activity of the theater started in 1929 and called the Uzbek Opera Theater uniting the opera art and musical drama. Later, in 1939, two theaters started operating – the opera (now the Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theater) and the music (now the Muqimiy Musical Theater). In 1943 the building of the current theater was constructed.
Time is running on carrying out changes in lives of people, listing in the history the names of outstanding artists and opening up opportunities for the youth.
The art director and head of the theater Murod Rajabov notes:
“Today one of the principal tasks our collective faces is the renewal of the repertoire. It is important we have more plays about the life of the youth, its moral development, careful treatment of background, national values, and aspiration for the bright future. The main premier of the renewed repertoire is considered the performance “Qurshov” (Encirclement) based on Usmon Azim’s play. The characters of this performance are the defenders of their Motherland, the frontiers who get encircled by terrorists. The play is about the defense of the home country, selflessness, honor, morality, human relations, sincere feelings of people for their Motherland, the pain for those mistaken in views and could not find the right way.
The creative staff of the theater is full of strength for new achievements. It is pleasant to see lots of young actors here.
We are planning to stage four or five youth plays in the coming year. For instance, now we are focused on the play by the Uzbek playwright Rihsivoy Mukhammajonov “Mukhabbat O’g’risi” (Love Thief). It is about the high, sincere love, the love that today almost none tells about. Here one could see the beauty, tears, joy, and ocean of pure feelings.
Rihsivoy Mukhammajonov’s another play “Men Yaratgan va Yaratolmagan Hayot” (Life I created and that Could not Created) is of quite complicated drama about morals, relations between fathers and children, brothers, friends and betrayal. The plot tells us about the tragedy of one family, a father’s repentance, the father who made everything for his children but could cultivate the main features in them – humanity, shame and ethics.
We all know that the life could not be estimated only by material welfare, the human feelings and warmth are above everything.
“O’jarlar” (Unmanageables) is the jovial, vivid romantic-comedy play by Jumaniyoz Jabborov about young builders. It was staged 10 years ago, and today it is going to be revived. The play is about love, respect for the chosen profession, and mutual understanding.
The creative plans of the theater consist of replenishing the repertoire with products of national and world classics. After all, the main task of the theater is the cultivation in people love for music and art. And only best plays could cope with this task.
Talking about the latest successes of the theater I could tell that they were specially noted in the International Theater Festival in Tashkent THEATRE.UZ/2010. Our young actors participated in the festival with the performance staged by Ahad Farmonov on the play of the Georgian playwright A Tsagareli “Khanuma.”
Raising the Quality of Higher Education
26.11.2010, Uzbekistan Today
Developers of the program of measures on strengthening the material and technical base at higher education institutions for 2010-2015 assign a big part to the subsequent introduction of the foremost pedagogical information and communication technologies into the study process.
In compliance with the order of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan specialists also prioritize the strengthening of information and resource base at universities, provision with modern equipment, digital learning and scientific literature, communication systems ensuring the advanced Internet access and international learning resources for students and teachers, and introduction of the latest software and multimedia innovations including the distance education.
“These steps are necessary for the follow-up introduction of the progressive methodologies and technologies of teaching that imply a big scope of independent work not only with traditional printed literature, but also with digital and multimedia sources of information,” comments Professor Edem Seytkhalilov, deputy director of Center for Higher and Secondary Special and Professional Education. “Of late universities pay much attention to the arrangement of conditions for the students’ effective independent work since this is the effective way of training students who would be capable for applying creative approaches to solution of nonstandard tasks, and permanent advancing their proficiency”.
Along with that, the new stage of the higher school development will include the active introduction of the distance education opening broad opportunities for improvement of the staff training quality.
“We will have a chance to use the distance education in two ways: as an independent way of learning and as a part of the full-time tuition,” notes Edem Seytkhalilov. “By the way, the distance education as a part of the full-time tuition has been already applied in some universities. This technology provides students with free access to the lecture texts, opportunity of passing some kinds of tests and tracking their rating scores.”
The program developers lay the foundation for the scaled work on the establishment of the up-to-date scientific research laboratories at universities and finalize equipping of the existing ones.
“This is vital for raising quality of practical and laboratory classes that facilitate learning of new materials,” explained Edem Seytkhalilov. “Besides, this is an extra opportunity in terms of attracting students to scientific activities. In addition, this will attract teachers for scientific research, which, in its turn, would enhance the learning quality at universities. And the last but not the least, this should finally favor the development of national scientific schools.”
A Splendid Incentive for Self-Perfection
12.11.2010, Uzbekistan Today
Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education announced the winners of government scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students within the 2010-2011 academic year. The list is made up of 157 young people.
The presidential scholarship is assigned to undergraduate and graduate students in their final-year period following a competitive selection. The quantity of awards stands as one grant for each of the defined eleven fields of learning. Applicants are proposed by academic councils of higher education institutions. Contenders for the State Scholarship of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan are required to pass a special test at the State Testing Center under the Cabinet of Ministers that would help determine the depth of their knowledge.
Undergraduates also could compete for the state personalized scholarships. A total of five personalized scholarships were instituted in Uzbekistan: the Mirzo Ulug’bek award for students learning the natural sciences, Abu Rayhon Beruniy award for technical sciences, Ibn Sino award for medical students, Alisher Navoi award for humanists. Every year the maximal number of holders is one award per thousand bachelor graduates. Three Al-Buhoriy awards are instituted specially for the students of Tashkent Islamic University.
Ergash Karimov, head of the central administration for education institutions of the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education designated key criteria for the holders of the presidential and personalized scholarships. Each fellow is a model for his peers in advancement, he or she is a high achiever, speaks the state and any foreign language. The fellows display themselves in science as well by participating in different scientific researches and scientific and practical conferences, as well as publishing their articles in scientific magazines.
“The holders of presidential and personalized scholarships receive some benefits. Each of them has a right for entering the next stage of education out-of-competition: bachelors are accepted in the magistrates, and undergraduates – in postgraduate course. Besides, they have an advantage of being included into the country’s delegations for international youth forums,” the ministry officials informed.
Days of Uzbek youth held in Azerbaijan
06.10.2010, Jahon News
Friendly relations between Uzbek and Azerbaijani peoples are rooted back to centuries. Our people share similar national traditions, customs, language, culture and religious values.
The mutual understanding, reached during the meetings of heads of the two states serve as important legal basis for the relations, which rose to a new level after independence.
On 27-28 September of this year, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev paid an official visit to Uzbekistan. During the visit, a number of documents were signed to strengthen the mutual cooperation and economic relations.
On 27 through 30 September of this year, the Days of Uzbek Youth was held in Azerbaijan, UzA informs.
According to reports from the Central Council of Public Youth Movement of Uzbekistan Kamolot, the event was attended by leaders and activists of youth organizations, young actors, artists, crafts people and designers.
In the Days of Uzbek youth a number of higher and secondary specialized educational institutions, ministries and organizations of Azerbaijan held meetings to discuss the basics of youth policy in Uzbekistan and tangible results of work conducted in order to enhance the participation of young people in society.
The exhibition of young Uzbek craftsmen and designers’ works was organized and rthe concert program of young performers was presented within the framework of the event.
Youth in Uzbekistan: attitude towards life, morality and social values
The Centre for the Study of Public Opinion Ijtimoii fikr carried out a
sociological survey entitled “Youth in Uzbekistan: attitude towards life, morality
and social values” in order to identify the priorities of young people.
The survey of public opinion convincingly showed that the defining sociopolitical
feature of today’s youth in Uzbekistan is their attitude towards
independence as the highest value and their support for the course of national
reforms undertaken by the President.
The results of youth surveys conducted since independence show young people
to be highly educated. Their main focus is on obtaining good qualifications and
employment. One in two respondents considered ongoing education to be necessary
in order to earn a decent living.
More than 70 per cent of young respondents said that the most desirable form
of education for them was higher education.
The careers most attractive to Uzbek youth include teaching and the economic,
medical, engineering and legal professions.
Studies have shown that young people have quite a high assessment of their
own abilities: most boys and girls are convinced that they will go to university. Most
respondents also noted that they were able to finance their studies on a contractual
It should be noted that young people, particularly students, have a high level of
foreign language proficiency. For example, most students have a good knowledge of
English, Arabic, French and German. The survey also found that most young people
in Uzbekistan have good computer skills and that a significant proportion of them
routinely uses the Internet.
The sociological survey showed that most young people were satisfied with
their professions, earnings and working conditions. One in two youths was working
towards career advancement.
The survey found that young people were very interested in enterprise and
were focused on market structures and on holding high-level positions in the private
sector. At the same time, they were ready to be creative, to show initiative and also
to improve and assert themselves.
An important aspect of the sociological survey was the value which young
people place on morality.
More than 90 per cent of young people commended the President’s policy of
developing spirituality and morality among the younger generation.
The main qualities that young respondents associated with morality were
honesty, a good knowledge of their people’s history, purity of soul, respect for
national traditions, a strong sense of national pride, modesty, national and religious
tolerance, and the total rejection of extremism.
The survey showed that young Uzbeks have deep feelings of love for and
loyalty towards their homeland. Young persons associate patriotism with love for
and selfless service to the homeland, and the willingness to defend it.
The spiritual and national identity of Uzbek youth has developed against the
backdrop of the their shared conviction that a bright future lies ahead for the
country. For example, an overwhelming majority of the respondents (96.5 per cent)
are convinced that the hard-working Uzbek people will definitely build a modern
State with a great future.
When responding to the survey, young Uzbeks described their legal literacy as
good. They also considered that they had quite a good knowledge of the country’s
Constitution and the main legal codes. In the view of most respondents, education
and personal development are factors which help to enhance the legal culture.
The overwhelming majority of Uzbek youth have bright and optimistic plans
for the future. Most young people primarily see their future in terms of receiving a
higher education, obtaining a good career, founding a stable family and establishing
a small business.
The younger generation showed a high degree of social optimism in the
survey. Uzbek boys and girls feel confident in the context of the social, political and
economic stability in the country, and they speak highly of their own opportunities
and prospects. Almost 80 per cent of young respondents expressed general
satisfaction with their lives and a readiness to participate actively in implementing
socio-economic and political reforms. They strongly support the State programme
entitled “the Year of the Harmoniously Developed Generation”, which provides
enormous opportunities with respect to the implementation of plans in the future.
The sociological survey has convincingly shown that young people in
Uzbekistan commend the efforts of the Head of State to care for the younger
generation. These efforts can be seen, above all, in comprehensive opportunities for
education, in State support for youth, in their increased standards of living and
welfare, and in the development of sport.
President visits newly built educational institutions
30.08.2010, Jahon News
On 29 August, President Islam Karimov familiarized himself with the educational establishment commissioned in Tashkent on the eve of the Independence Day of Uzbekistan.
The head of the state visited the capitally reconstructed building of the Republican Specialized Musical Academic Lyceum named after Victor Uspenskiy.
The new building was raised on the basis of the former Republican Musical College in accordance with the Cabinet of Ministers resolution.
The lyceum has four educational buildings designed for 900 students, as well as a hostel for 200 persons and three canteens for 210 places.
All study rooms are provided with musical instruments and modern equipment of 64 types.
The lyceum is a 12-year educational institution, providing uninterrupted musical education, which consists of 9 years of school and 3 years of lyceum.
Children who complete 9 classes of musical education may continue education here to master the music secrets deeper.
An information and resource center created in the lyceum contains 85,000 textbooks and other publications on music and art, electronic information and educational resources, and provides internet access.
The lyceum also has computer rooms, a languages class and physica, chemistry and biology laboratories. The institution offers education in 12 directions of music.
The President visited the unique organ hall in the lyceum and said he was proud that the young people were successfully mastering both national and world musical art.
Uzbek musicians win prestigious international contests and festivals, which fills all of us with pride and admiration, the head of the state said.
“The main goal of the reforms in the country is strengthening in the hearts of the people, especially young people, of the feeling of striving for the great future,” Islam Karimov said. “We have to make everything possible to raise our children as harmoniously developed and modern people.”
The issue of supporting young talents has been raised on the state policy level in Uzbekistan. The lyceum students in the recent years won prizes at contests and festivals in France, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden, Greece, Romania and other countries.
President Karimov also visited the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) in Tashkent.
The head of the state got acquainted with the new car Spark, launched into production at Asaka automobile plant this August.
The model radically differs from its predecessors with both technical characteristics and interior and exterior design.
The President left his signature on the Spark presented at the university.
“Thanks to independence we have such great opportunities like producing cars,” Islam Karimov said. “At the same time, together with developing the national automobile industry, we have to pay a priority attention to preparation of specialists capable of creating cars in accordance with modern requirements.”
The educational institution, created according to President’s decree of 27 April 2009, can accommodate 1,400 students.
The university has faculties or machinery building, automobile building, industrial and business construction, industrial architecture and design, information and communication technologies and automated management systems in industry and energy.
In special labs, the students will study the construction and the technologies of the engines, projecting parts, technological processes of car assembly, as well as other processes directly related to car production.
A technopark created at the university aims to increase the practical knowledge and skills of the students. They can carry out a number of operations here like metal smelting and processing, and measuring the durability and stability of constructions and parts.
The education is held in the English language. Apart from local teachers, specialists from the Polytechnic University of Turin also hold classes here.
The students have a sports complex where they can go in for football, basketball, volleyball, kurash, sambo, judo, track and field athletics, swimming and others.
The head of the state got acquainted with the information kiosk, where students may check the university news and notices, as well as class schedule. They may also book the required literature in the library.
“Opening of the Turin Polytechnic University in Tashkent is an important step to our tomorrow and our great future,” Islam Karimov said. “This university will train specialists of the car industry and professionals for other important economic sectors.”
“This is the only educational institution in Uzbekistan offering education on the standards of the Polytechnic University of Turin, which is rated first in Italy and seventh in Europe,” he added.
The President noted that only 18 countries in the world produce engines for cars, and with launch of the engine plant in Tashkent, currently built in cooperation with General Motors, Uzbekistan will occupy a solid place in the list of such states.
The Turin University in Tashkent has technoparks of such large corporations as Fiat, GM, Alitalia, Compaq, Ferrari, IBM, Michelin, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Pirelli and Siemens.
This means local students have the opportunities to get acquainted with the experience and achievements of these companies. This will serve to increasing the potential of Uzbekistan not only in the car industry, but also in other highly technological sectors of industry and in design.
Improving quality of infant education
15.08.2010, Uzbekistan Today
The Uzbek Ministry of Public Education develops standards of infant education which will help ensure an integrated level of children’s preparation for school irrespective of place of their preparation: in a kindergarten or at home.
“Today the basic normative document defining the quality of infant is state requirements,” stressed Feruza Vahabova, head of department for infant education of the Ministry of Public Education. “However, this document is clear only to professional teachers. The standards developed will be a kind of explanation of these state requirements and they will give pedagogical advice, safety rules and ways of supervising the material acquired.
Psychologists and teachers say that this document will play an important role in improving the quality of infant education because has accessible and clear language. It is very important as in Uzbekistan only 22 percent of children of infant age go to kindergartens and the rest are brought up at home. For mothers having no teaching skills the new standards will be a kind of manual and guide of activities.”
Way for youth to science
08.08.2010, Uzbekistan Today
The Uzbek Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education starts taking series of measures in new academic year to improve the personnel training system for teaching staff and authorities of higher educational institutions. As a result, average age of associated professors is expected to be between 27 and 30 years old and doctors of science between 35 and 37.
Uzbek Minister of Higher and Secondary Special Education, Azimjan Parpiev said that teaching staff must be rejuvenated 10-15 years because this academic year the higher educational establishments would begin selecting first-year students capable to research in bachelor department. Beginning with the second grade they will approve topics of future dissertation papers which a student will work on with their supervisor during their study at a higher educational institution. Student’s abstracts and creative works will be connected with this topic in bachelor and then final qualification work, master’s dissertation paper and up to defense of doctoral dissertation. Such an approach will improve quality of research works as well as develop specialists’ ability of self-education, working with a wide range of information and abstract thinking.
It is also intended to set up data base of professors and academicians who will be exclusively busy with scientific supervision and therefore, in future they will be partially released from providing teaching classes for students.
Azimjan Parpiev stressed that the ministry would take some measures to improve conditions for students to defend their scientific works in regions and the minister added that this activity would involve women in science.
New stage of environmental education
05.07.2010, Uzbekistan Today
This year out-of-school environmental education of Uzbekistan starts new development stage developed and introduced by the “Bioecosan” Republican Center. A new special building was designed for it.
Decoration works have not ended yet in the new building yet but its rooms already have their first inhabitants, fancy birds, aquarium fishes and flowers. Here other representatives of flora and fauna will appear soon. A special computer room will help to teach children to make necessary notes on nature conservancy. The “Bioecosan” built a garden, orchard and greenhouse on its yard. A separate area is designed for the model of Uzbekistan’s ecosystem: mountains, lowlands and rivers. These things will develop students’ practical skills. They used to learn them only theoretically, in books and instructional wall sheets before. By the way, the center has a library containing many books, audio and video cassettes and compact discs with materials on environmental themes describing care for pets and farming management.
“Our activity aims to involve all children in the resolution of actual problems,” says Deputy Director Hasan Jalalov of “Bioecosan” Republican Center. “Therefore, this year the “Nature in Past, Present and Future” traditional competition has new rules. It used to indicate the best works and reward the winners before and now it is not limited with these criteria. Children conduct works on environmental problems of their residence and offer ways of resolving them. Thus, our center will assist winners to implement their suggested programs. We hope that some of our trainees will be engaged in environment protection and conservation as their future profession.
After approving the new model of out-of-school environmental education, the “Bioecosan is to introduce it in all regions of Uzbekistan.”
Children’s towns ready for opening
20.06.2010, Uzbekistan Today
Andijan and Syrdarya regions are about to complete organizing of children’s towns. Last week the Uzbek Cabinet of Ministers approved regulations for basic aspects of these institutions’ activity.
Trainees of “Mehribonlik” children’s homes will live in these towns. The Ministry of Public Education says that children’s towns are to replace children’s homes soon.
“Establishing a network of children’s towns, we take care for upbringing and education of orphans in conditions maximally closer to family ones,” states Director Matluba Akhunova of a sector at Ministry of Public Education. “The “Mehribonlik” children’s homes have up-to-date equipment, many children’s toys and highly skilled and professional trainers, psychologists and speech pathologists. They have favorable conditions for children to develop their talents, obtain profession and regulate their lives. Children are divided into groups and supervised by teaching staff. However, psychologists state that the best way of bringing children up is in families.”
Children’s towns differ from children’s homes in that here children live in families formed from several orphans and parents whose professional tasks are to carry out parent duties.
The process of developing legal framework for children’s towns relied on the world experience, especially SOS Children’s Villages, international project. By the way, children’s villages have functioned in Tashkent and Samarkand for several years already.
Medals of the Chemistry Olympiad
08.05.2010, Uzbekistan Today
The Tashkent branch of Moscow State University hosted the 42nd International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad among schoolchildren. The Uzbek team has clinched gold, silver and eleven bronze medals. In addition, gold medalist Anvarhuja Maksudhujaev has been recognized as the “Best Experimenter”.
Another two Uzbek participants have been awarded special diplomas. The Uzbek team in the competition consisted of fifteen students: ten in the main team and five in reserves admitted by the organizing commission to participate in the Olympiad. The “Reservists” are to represent Uzbekistan in the 43rd International Chemistry Olympiad.
“All three stages of the competition observed rules of the International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad”, noted Elmurod Burhonov, a jury member of the experimental stage, professor at Scientific Research Institute of Plant Chemistry under the Uzbek Academy of Sciences. “A set of equipment was convenient for competitors in use. It was delivered by the Olympiad’s sponsor-general, Samarkand school equipment manufacturer, “El-Holding.” By the way, all secondary schools, academic lyceums, and professional colleges of Uzbekistan are equipped with these sets of teaching aids. It is very convenient tools including automatic micropipette ensuring high adequacy of measuring consumables used in tests and experiments. The member states use this instrument only in the biggest scientific research institutions but Uzbekistan includes it in the compulsory set of chemistry classroom facilities of educational establishments.”
“The successful performance of the Uzbek team – a leader in terms of the number of medals - is due to the favorable conditions our country has created for young people to study their favorite subject and acquire a specialty. As for my success, I share it with all people who have surrounded me and supported me for many years,” says Anvarhuja Maksudhujaev, a gold medalist of the 42nd International Mendeleev Chemistry Olympiad and a student of the academic lyceum under Tashkent Pediatric Institute.
“The Tashkent chemical Olympiad of schoolchildren is a big international educational and scientific forum of participants from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Rumania, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The Olympiad jury did not misestimate any competitor. Since the first days I have noted that each participant of this Olympiad is already a winner because member states delegated their best young chemists,” stressed Valery Lunin, cochairman of the Olympiad organizing commission, dean of the Moscow State University’s Chemistry Faculty, in an exclusive interview with the UT. “Uzbekistan ensured high level of holding the Olympiad. Most events were organized for the first time within the competition framework this year. We did not need to deliver additional equipment necessary for the Olympiad from Moscow. It was remarkable that the country supplied the whole set of tools and reagents made in Uzbekistan. If each participant used to bring their uniform before, this year the host country presented them with overall, bag and stationery labeled with the Olympiad symbol. We can continue enumerating these facts.
The cultural program that familiarized Olympiad participants with Uzbekistan was excellent as well. We went sightseeing in buses manufactured in Samarkand. Most of guests did not know that Uzbekistan was a car producing country. A friendly chess tournament was also impressive where participants of the Olympiad competed with the worldwide known Uzbek grand master Rustam Kasimjanov.”
Will next Mendeleev Olympiad use Uzbekistan’s experience?
“There are a lot of things to borrow from the country and I am sure about it.”
Will the Mendeleev Olympiad visit Uzbekistan again?
“Certainly, it will visit but now it is impossible to predict the time. It already known that next year Turkmenistan is to host the Olympiad and then Bulgaria. Member states who have never hosted the Olympiad apply for it and Kazakhstan is among them.
Now taking into consideration Uzbekistan’s weighty contribution to the development of chemical education, the organizing commission initiates Uzbekistan into member states of the World Chemistry Olympiad.”
Young chemists arrive in Tashkent
02.05.2010, Uzbekistan Today
Uzbekistan hosts the 42nd International Chemistry Olympiad. Schoolboys of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine compete in it.
Uzbekistan has participated in the Mendeleev Olympiad since 1997 but today it is playing host to the 42nd international Olympiad.
In 2000, the rector of the Moscow State University Victor Sadovnichy noted that “We see that everything that is done in Uzbekistan must “work” for the Republic’s future, its younger generation. The Uzbek authorities and personally President Islam Karimov attach a great deal of importance to the development of a freely thinking, highly-educated and professional younger generation”. The holding of the Olympiad points to the world community’s recognition of Uzbekistan’s achievements in reforming its educational system.
While preparing for the International Chemistry Olympiad, Valerie Lunin, the co-chairman of the organizing committee and dean of Moscow State University’s Chemistry Faculty, paid visits to a number of Uzbek educational institutions and highly appreciated transformations occurring in them.
For many members of the organizing committee, jury and students, this arrival to Uzbekistan has become the first familiarization with the country which, they say, has made an unforgettable impression on them.
“I will remember these spring days all my life”, stressed a Romanian participant Iana Theodora Tofedan. “Since the first five minutes I have realized that we were in for a very warm welcome in Tashkent. At the airport we were met and greeted in Romanian. Several minutes later we were in Uzbekistan Hotel where all participants of the Olympiad are staying. The hotel serves very delicious meals and a wide range of dishes. I am much interested in cultural events and acquaintance with the Uzbek youth. In other words, everything is well done”.
The guests have shown great interest in getting acquainted with the Uzbek youth’s life presented by activists of the “Kamolot” Youth Civic Movement of Uzbekistan, inviting them to the organization’s advisory board.
“I am pleased that Uzbekistan has such an organization uniting the youth”, said Narek Dshkhunyan from Armenia. “It is remarkable that your country provided us with a wonderful opportunity to meet with the youth from fifteen countries in its hospitable land. I got acquainted with many participants in other Olympiads and I am sure that I will find many new friends in Tashkent as well”.
The Olympiad participants familiarize with Uzbekistan in all events, even in doing the competition sums and tasks because the hall of Moscow State University’s branch in Tashkent is equipped with facilities of the Uzbek “El-Holding”, the major partner of the Uzbek Ministry of Public Education and Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education in supplying educational institutions of Uzbekistan with teaching equipment.
Worthy and favorable conditions are created for efficient activity of the jury including scholars of Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and Rumania. “All services promoted to ensure successful Olympiad are operating effectively in atmosphere of cordiality, hospitality and friendship”, stated Alexander Gladilin, an international jury member from the Moscow State University. As for the jury, we guarantee impartial evaluation of schoolchildren’s knowledge. We summarize the Olympiad results this Sunday on the closing ceremony.
Chemical puzzles offered to competitors were chosen by professors of the Moscow State University from sums sent by scientists of member states. All tasks require creative approach in doing them. The chairman of the 42nd International Chemistry Olympiad’s jury, professor of the Moscow State University’s Chemistry Faculty Valentin Nenaidenko thinks that if a leading tutor of the chemistry faculty is offered all sums of the Olympiad, they can hardly do all of them at once. The first deputy Minister of Public Education of Uzbekistan, a member of the Olympiad organizing committee Rustam Akhlitdinov noted that each participant of the Olympiad is like a scientist that can do any sum.
“The Uzbek team is also well-prepared”, stressed Islam Zakirov, director of the Republican Education Center. “It consists of six senior schoolchildren Tatyana Pravotorova, Elena Podolko, Bekhzod Doniyorov, Otayor Halikov, Jasurbek Fakhriev, Rizmat Khayrullaev and Azizbek Haydarov and three students of academic lyceums Eduard Rahmankulov, Anvarhuja Maksudhujaev and Shahnoza Eshbaeva. All of them gained the highest marks in the Republican Chemistry Olympiad for schoolchildren and students of secondary special and professional educational institutions. In addition, leading teaching staffs of secondary schools and higher educational establishments trained them before the Olympiad”.
For a week from April 28 to May 4, 2008 Tashkent is a location for the competition as well as a scientific center. This Tuesday after the opening ceremony of Olympiad the Uzbek capital hosted an international conference on actual problems of school chemical education and members of the international jury and leading teaching staffs of the Olympiad member states participated in it. Besides, roundtables with the delegation heads focused on this topic.
The Olympiad participants laid wreaths at the “Independence and Humanism” monument in the country’s main square and visited the Museum of Applied Arts and saw “Humo” ballet at the Navoi State Grand Theater, concert of the Uzbek State Conservatory’s Variety Faculty and went sightseeing across Tashkent. The planned Friday tour to Samarkand is expected to be interesting and pleasant for the guests.
“The 42nd International Chemistry Olympiad is a big educational and cultural event of the highest level”, says Stephan Manev, head of the Bulgarian delegation. “Its cultural program helps students to draw closer. It is very important because they namely have to make new discoveries in future and their friendly relations will cause it.
In 2010 Bulgaria is to host the International Chemistry Olympiad. The Tashkent Olympiad is a good example for us and we will certainly take into consideration Uzbekistan’s experience”.
Best practices in Uzbekistan
25.04.2010, Uzbekistan Today
A group of Uzbek tutors attend a retraining course at St. Petersburg State University under the “Iste’dod” Fund of President of Uzbekistan. It is the first course for advancing qualification of Uzbekistan’s teaching staffs abroad. By the end of 2008 another 160 Uzbek tutors will attend retraining courses in various foreign institutions.
To organize retraining courses for young perspective tutors at leading higher educational institutions abroad is one of the basic aspects of the fund’s activity. It helps local higher educational establishments to practice efficient modern methods of teaching because upon their return to Uzbekistan retrained tutors have to practice widely the gained experience as well as share it with their colleagues.
For instance, a tutor of the Tashkent Law Institute Iroda Katlimuradova visited St. Petersburg last year to familiarize with experience of using up-to-date teaching technologies in the teaching process. Upon her return to Uzbekistan she held series of conferences where she exchanged experience with her colleagues. Tutors also share their knowledge in articles published in press. Articles of Hafiza Kuchkarov from the National University of Uzbekistan enjoy great popularity among readers. In her publications Hafiza Kuchkarov exchanges experience of using information technologies in the teaching process and she gained her best practices in retraining courses at Delhi’s leading education center.
“Over five years of its activity the “Iste’dod” has organized retraining courses at leading educational institutions of Russia, Germany, Japan, China, Korea, India, Holland, Malaysia, Denmark, Great Britain, Belgium and Bulgaria for 600 tutors of local higher educational establishments”, said Khamza Abdurahmonov, the fund’s leading specialist.
Exhibition Hall in Tashkent Hosts Expo on Uzbek Youth
31.03.2010, Jahon News
The Exhibition Hall of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan in Tashkent is reported to have been hosting the traditional exposition of photographic works, according to the Uzbekistan National News Agency.
Such creative project launched in the framework of the “Year of harmonious development” State program is being hosted along with cooperation with Ministry for Culture and Sports, Republican Scientific and Methodical Center for People’s Art and Cultural-Enlightenment Work and News Center, Academy of Arts, “Oltin Meros” and “Makhalla” funds, as well as the “Kamolot” Public Youth Movement, according to the news agency.
The exhibition presents over 150 works of winners of Karakalpakstan-held, regional and Tashkent city exhibitions devoted to ensuring rights and interests of youth in Uzbekistan, creating conditions for education of young men and women, according to the report.
Also, the pictures reflect life and activity of talented youth known to have secured certain successes in the sphere of education, culture, arts and sports.
With the photography exhibition being over its organizers are expected to award authors of works that succeeded to artistically reflect the life of the Uzbek youth, the report added.
President outlines priorities for children’s sports development
11.03.2010, Jahon News
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov chaired the session of the Trusteeship Council of the Children’s Sports Development Fund, held at Oqsaroy residence in Tashkent on 10 March.
The head of the state analyzed the activity of the fund in 2009 and outlined the priorities for its work in 2010.
Upbringing the harmoniously developed generation is the greatest goal of the people, who strongly believe in the bright future. No matter which development goals are set by the country, seeing our children grow physically and morally healthy is the basis of all achievements, the President said.
Over the years of Uzbekistan’s independence, a huge work has been implemented in this direction. The National Professionals Preparation Program, acknowledged worldwide as the Uzbek model of continuous education, is the basis for solution of the long-term tasks.
Harmoniously developed generation is, first of all, healthy children. This is why in the past years the particular attention was paid to forming high intellectual potential, independent thinking, development of mass sports and construction of modern sports complexes in all regions.
In October 2002 the head of the state signed a decree on the creation of the Children’s Sports Development Fund, followed by the President’s decree on measures to expand the activities of this fund of August 2004.
Speaking about the tasks of the fund, Islam Karimov said no country in the world has such an organization. The Children’s Sports Development Fund is a unique structure, and a number of countries have been studying the results of its activity as a valuable experience.
The head of the state highlighted the successful work in construction of sports complexes and school gyms and their provision with modern equipment, and touched upon other aspects of the children’s sports development.
“The sport helps young people become physically strong and healthy, harmoniously developed and independent persons. The sport serves as a certain basis for the formation of the healthy atmosphere in the family and the society. Moreover, it creates opportunities for the further growth of the image of Uzbekistan on the international arena,” Islam Karimov said.
At the meeting of the fund’s Trusteeship Council on 16 January 2009, tasks were set for creation of the single system of evaluation of the quality of the domestically-produced sports equipment, increasing the number of producers, reconsideration of the norms of equipment of the sports complexes according to world standards and their efficient use. These tasks were thoroughly analyzed at the session in Oqsaroy.
“Proclaiming 2010 the Year of Harmoniously Developed Generation, we had set the goal to create al required opportunities and conditions for the comprehensive development of our children. Construction of sports objects helps attract more children to sports and healthy lifestyle,” Islam Karimov noted.
The State Program “Year of Harmoniously Developed Generation” for 2010 pays a special attention to the continuation of the work carried out in the physical training and sports field, in particular, development of children’s sports, construction of modern sports objects in the cities and villages, and providing them with equipment and qualified trainers.
An important aspect is that the more the young people are interested in sports, the more they strive to achieve high results. Looking at sportsmen returning from the competitions with victory, the boys and girls feel proud for these sportsmen and at the same time want to achieve similar and higher results.
“The sport is one of the effective instruments having a decisive importance in upbringing the youth and protecting it from various evils,” the President continued. “The young people who go in for sports have good health, clear thinking and understand the importance of the healthy lifestyle in the family.”
In accordance with the President’s resolution of 12 December 2007 on approving the budget of the Children’s Sports Development Fund for 2008, a list of the required equipment for the sports complexes and school gyms built in 2008-2009 was approved. All of them were provided with the equipment.
In 2009, 174 school gyms were built across the country. Since the fund’s creation in 2003, gyms were opened at 674 schools. Over this period, 178 separate children’s sports objects were commissioned.
“Our country has gained a rich experience in constructing sports objects. The life has proved the correctness of the way we had chosen. But how effectively are the sports objects used? This question should always be in the center of our attention,” the head of the state stressed.
In 2003-2009, 1,123 sports complexes were raised in Uzbekistan, including 922 in rural areas. It is important to provide all of them with sporting equipment. The enterprises producing such equipment should be supported, Islam Karimov said.
The work carried out in this area in the recent years has produced positive results. If last year Uzbek companies produced 73 of 120 required types of equipment for children’s sports objects, today they produce 113 types.
Such sports as futsal, rhythmic gymnastics, kayak and canoe racing, boxing, freestyle and Greek-Roma wrestling and others have been developing in Uzbekistan. If back in 2003 children were trained in 8 kinds of sports, now the level of equipment of sports complexes allows training them in more than 20 kinds of sports.
The three-level system of mass attraction of the young people to sports – Umid Nihollari and Barkamol Avlod competitions, as well as the Universiad, which form an integral and important part of the National Professionals Preparation Program – helps prepare self-sacrificing sportsmen who spare no strength and energy in fight for the honor of the country.
The motto “Uzbekistan is a country with a great future” includes, among other aspects, development of sports and children’s sports in particular, the President said.
“There is no doubt that natural riches, economic potential, achievements in state and social construction are the basis of the great future. At the same time, there is another factor of the great future, which is the health of the young generation and its physical and moral development,” Islam Karimov underlined.
At the 15th World Boxing Championship in Milan in September 2009, in which 554 athletes from 133 countries took part, Uzbek boxers won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, occupying the third place in the team competition. Our famous boxer Abbos Atoyev became the twice world champion.
The performance of the Uzbek football youth team at the world championship in Egypt also deserves attention, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals at freestyle and Greek-Roman wrestling world championship in Denmark, and 9 gold, 10 silver and 8 bronze medals at the kayak and canoe Asian championship in Tehran.
Various sports events organized in the regions play an important role in the harmonious development of the children of Uzbekistan. The achieved results show that the young people are particularly interested in football, indoor football, tennis, swimming, kayak and canoe racing, boat racing, chess, rhythmic gymnastics, kurash, belbogli kurash, greek-Roman wrestling, boxing and acrobatics.
“Over the past years, based on the “Healthy mother- healthy child” program, wide-scale reforms have been developed and implemented,” Islam Karimov said. “Diagnostics, screening and perinatal centers, new maternity hospitals have been built, particular attention has been paid to the health of the mothers and children. All of this contributes to upbringing healthy generation.”
The head of the state underlined the importance of the special approach towards attraction of girls to sports. Such elegant types of sports as rhythmic and sports gymnastics have been actively developing in the recent years. Uzbek sportsmen showed high results at the rhythmic gymnastics Asian championship held in Tashkent in February 2010.
The development of the children’s sports, and creation of the necessary conditions for the girls’ going in for sports, especially in rural areas, requires constant attention, the President emphasized.
The meeting participants also considered the activities planned for the current year in the framework of the State program for improvement of activity of the children’s music and arts schools in 2009-2014. It was noted that in 2010, 11 new sports objects and 14 children’s music and arts schools would be built, in addition to 40 school gyms.
Islam Karimov underlined that this year UZS 36 billion would be allocated for the construction, reconstruction and capital repairs of the music and arts schools.
“Sports and music are closely linked to each other. The sport trains the body and strengthens willpower, while music clears the soul and ennobles the heart. Sport is culture. It is great if a sportsman is interested in music and a musician in sport,” the President said.
Vice Prime Ministers Abdulla Aripov and Botir Khodjayev, as well as heads of a number of regional administrations presented reports on the considered issues.
The Trusteeship Council adopted corresponding decisions on the considered issues.
On the measures on protection of the Rights of the Child in Uzbekistan
30.01.2010, Press-Service of MFA
The Republic of Uzbekistan is a member of the International Labour Organization since 1993 and by now it has joined 13 conventions of the ILO.
Since 2005 the activity of the International Programme of ILO on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is being carried out in Uzbekistan.
In March 2008 Uzbekistan ratified the two ILO conventions on child labour: on Minimal Age of Employment (№138), on Prohibition and Immediate Action for Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour (№182).
With a view of full implementation of the ratified ILO conventions regulations, the Government of Uzbekistan approved the National Action Plan (NAP) directed to taking measures in terms of banning compulsory child labour in any of its forms and manifestations, as well as coordinating the activity of ministries and local bodies of power.
The complex of the NAP measures envisage perfection of the normative and legal basis, monitoring and holding an awareness work concerning implementation of the conventions №138 and №182, as well as implementation of the projects of international cooperation.
In the framework of this activity in December 2009 the Senate of the Republic of Uzbekistan approved the Law “On introducing addenda into the Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan on administrative responsibility”. This statutory act provides inclusion in the national legislation of the norms of responsibility of physical entities, including parents, for use of work of minors at jobs with adverse conditions, which may harm the health or safety of a minor, as well as consolidates responsibility of employers for violation of the legislation on labour and protection of labour concerning minors.
The law is aimed at strengthening the mechanisms of the child rights protection, as well as perfection of national legislative basis and law-enforcement practice in view of fulfillment of the norms of international conventions.
At the same time, the Law “On introducing alterations and addenda into the Labour Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan” and the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On guarantees of the child rights” have been passed. The legal norm has been developed in the framework of implementation into the national legislation of requirements of the ILO Convention “On Minimal Age of Employment” (№138) which establishes the minimum age for employment – the age of graduation of the mandatory school education and age under 15.
According to addenda introduced into the legislation of Uzbekistan, the minimum age for employment is 16 years old.
Article 77 of the Labour code provides that for the purpose of preparing of youth to work – the pupils of schools, academic lyceums and professional colleges, a teenager at a time free from his studies and who reaches 15 years of age can be hired for job upon the written consent of one of the parents or a guardian replacing him.
Thus, they can be attracted only to an easy work, which does not cause harm to his health and development while not infringing the educational process.
Thus, alterations and addenda introduced on the basis of laws approved by the Senate of Oliy Majlis – as they strengthen the national legislative guarantees of the rights of young generation also harmonize the national legislation with international legal norms. As a whole, for over the last period Uzbekistan has fulfilled in full the obligations on presenting reports under conventions and recommendations of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
The system of executive bodies on protecting the rights in the sphere of labour of the child has been elaborated in the country: the Cabinet of Ministers’ Complex on protection of family, maternity and childhood; the Special commission at the Cabinet of Ministers on minors; district State legal labour inspections; district Inspections on labour protection.
However, apart from the state bodies the non-government organizations actively participated in elaborating the laws. In particular, they include Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan, the International Fund “Soglom avlod uchun” (“For healthy generation”), “Kamolot” public youth movement, Republican Public Children's Fund “Sen Yolgiz Emassan” (“You are not alone”), “Hayot” (“Life”), Children's Fund, and others.
It is obvious that Uzbekistan has elaborated the firm and steady system of administrative and legal protection of the rights of minors guaranteed by the norms of the Constitution, Family Code, Labour Code, Criminal Code, and other statutes.
Apart from this, the rights of children are stipulated in the State program of reforming the system of health care, the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Education”, National Program for Personnel Training, State National Program on Development the School Education, as well as in such large-scale state social programs as «The Healthy Generation», «Mother and Child», «The Year of Family», «The Year of Health», «The Year of Social Protection», «The Year of Youth», and «The Year of harmoniously developed generation».
2010 is announced in Uzbekistan as the Year of Harmoniously Developed Generation. It is envisaged the implementation of a wide-range policy measures in terms of creating necessary opportunities and conditions for upbringing the healthy and harmoniously developed generation, growing the comprehensively developed youth.
The measures being taken in the Republic of Uzbekistan witness about fulfillment of the adopted international obligations and international standards of the ILO in the field of prevention and prohibition the child labour, ensuring the legislative mechanisms of protection the child rights in the sphere of labour and consecutive fulfillment of the National Action Plan approved by the Government of Uzbekistan on implementation the ILO Conventions №138 and №182.