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United States And Tajikistan Collaborate To Keep Children In School

December 21, 2010

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: On December 21, 2010 Mr. Abdujabbor Rahmonov, Minister of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan met with Mr. Jeffrey Lehrer, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Tajikistan Country Director; Ms. Mavjuda Nabieva, USAID Education Management Specialist; and Ms. Gulguncha Naimova, Country Coordinator for the USAID School Drop Out Prevention Program (SDPP) to discuss a new, three-year project to prevent drop out of children in schools. This new program continues the cooperation in education sector between the U.S. Government and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan.

The School Drop Out Prevention program will determine how to keep students in school by measuring the effectiveness of various drop out prevention methods in Tajikistan. Jeffrey Lehrer noted at the meeting that, school drop out is now a world-wide educational problem that leads to increasing numbers of undereducated and unemployable youth. Reducing the drop out rate is a key to increasing access to education and improving the employability and social development.. This joint U.S.-Tajiki effort will help the country to work on this critical issue and reduce the number of children who drop out of school."

Minister Rahmonov expressed his thanks for the ongoing USAID Quality Learning Project (QLP) that is designed to expand access to quality primary and secondary education and that helps the Government to implement the National Education strategy. He ensured that the Ministry will work closely with the new SDPP to provide all children with an education regardless of gender, income or ethnic group.

The SDPP is a new project implemented in Tajikistan, Cambodia, India and Timour-Leste by Creative Associates International. The new project will complement the current efforts aimed at improving the quality of basic education in Tajikistan through the Quality Learning Project.

USAID assistance in basic education already positively impacts more than 90,000 students studying in schools throughout Tajikistan and more than 3,500 teachers, principles and methodology specialists in 86 target schools throughout the country.

The USAID School Drop Out Prevention and the USAID Quality Learning Project are two of the many development projects supported in Tajikistan by USAID. Since 1992, the American people through the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe have provided approximately $900 million in programs that support Tajikistan's democratic institutions, health care, education, and economic growth.

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