"Developing an online curriculum to update intersectoral competencies for sustainable development in Kyrgyzstan"


UNESCO project "Development of an online curriculum to mainstream intersectoral competencies for sustainable development in Kyrgyzstan", second phase.

     The goal of the project is to promote the implementation of quality education using information and communication technologies (ICT) by providing digital content on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and a platform at the secondary level with the aim of improving access to information and active learning and improving the qualifications of teachers in ESD and ICT in education. This project also provides Kyrgyzstan with an opportunity to use the international experience of UNESCO and countries that have successfully integrated ICT into educational processes.

     In the first phase of the project in 2019, content was developed for students and educators, based on the available materials on mainstreaming intersectoral competencies for sustainable development. These materials have been translated into Kyrgyz and posted on FramerSpace by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP). These modules were approved by a wide group of education specialists and with the involvement of international experts from Estonia, Lithuania and Kazakhstan. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science, 15 schools were selected for piloting in Bishkek, Chui Oblast, Naryn and Osh.

     In 2020, the implementation of the second phase of the project was launched by the Agency for Quality Assurance in Education EdNet in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic with the support of UNESCO Almaty and funding from the Government of Estonia.

Within the framework of the second phase, the following activities were carried out:

June 23-24, 2020 a consultation was organized for the staff of the EdNet Agency and the project experts on working with the Framer Space platform by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, and in particular, Ms. Renuka Rautela, Ms. Anurati Srivastva and Devesh Kumar.

 In the period from July 27 to August 06, 2020, the EdNet agency, together with the Laboratory of Innovative Projects (Belarus), organized and conducted an "Online Training Course for Experienced Trainers, Teachers and Methodologists on Effective Work in Online Teaching Mode" TOT (training of trainers). In addition, an additional consultation was organized for the participants on the application of the acquired skills on 12 August. Given the uniqueness of the course, EdNet was the first organization in the Kyrgyz Republic to train trainers for effective online learning. The training course was attended by trainers-experts of the project, trainers RIPPK, methodologists of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, teachers of KSU named after I. Arabaeva, UNESCO staff, staff of the EdNet agency, FPOI teachers who are developing lessons for the online school.

Online training course trainers:

Nikonovich Vitaly Nikolaevich, Consultant of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education; director of the non-profit institution “Laboratory of innovative projects”; pedagogical designer, trainer and facilitator in the field of non-formal education with over 20 years of experience; since 2011 has been working as a developer and tutor of online courses and blended learning programs in public health and education;

Aismontas Bronius Bronevich, Candidate of Pedagogy, Professor of the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy of Distance Learning, Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University, Laureate of the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of education, Honorary Worker of Higher Education of the Russian Federation;

On August 17-24, 2020, a training seminar "Education for Sustainable Development" was held for teachers of pilot schools in the online learning mode.

Objectives of the training seminar:

  1. Create conditions for detailed familiarization of participants with the project and the content of the SDG course training modules and the Framer Space platform
  2. Expand the basic concepts and terms (sustainable development, education for sustainable development, competence, cognitive task, socio-emotional task, behavioral task, values, educational outcomes, indicators, integration, learning resources through practical exercises)
  3. Establish a link between key competencies and the tasks presented in the project
  4. Create conditions for mastering the structure of the module, organize a discussion of the main components of the module and the digital platform Framer Space
  5. Explain the methods and techniques used in mastering the SDG modules
  6. Organize a hands-on simulation-modeling of the upcoming SDG lessons.

 The training was attended by 45 teachers from 15 pilot schools and 2 teachers from the KSFM, as well as 4 representatives from the RIPPK KR, and 2 representatives from the KSU named after Arabaeva.

Online training course trainers:

Nizovskaya I.A. - trainer and certifier, director of the international program "Development of critical thinking through reading and writing in Kyrgyzstan". Expert in evaluating training materials and developer of training materials for teacher education. Expert of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic on the development of subject standards of the educational area "Art" for grades 5-9 of secondary school

D. Orusbaeva - an expert in the development of online educational materials for Sustainable Development for grades 5-6, a trainer and an expert in the development of educational materials, training materials for schools. Participant of the training "Education for Sustainable Development" Seoul, Korea. Coordinator of the first phase of the project.

Matokhina T.A. - an expert in the field of education, developer of training modules, online resources, development of training curricula. Expert in the development of subject standards in the Russian language and winner of the VI International Pedagogical Forum in the nomination "Russian language in a multicultural environment" for the development of the textbook "Russian language" for grades 5-6 (2019).

Voronina E.A. - media - certified international trainer-consultant on organizational and institutional development, senior lecturer in journalism, communications and PR. Expert in the development and writing of educational training modules, guidelines in the field of communications and media;

Asekova Zh.D. - trainer-consultant on educational programs, mentor for strengthening the potential of social educators, head of the Pedagogy direction of the International University of Central Asia, an expert in the development and writing of educational training modules.

From 09/01/2020 to 10/31/2020, 14 pilot schools of the Kyrgyz Republic tested 5 modules aimed at education for sustainable development, within the framework of the UNESCO project "Developing an online curriculum for updating intersectoral competencies for sustainable development in Kyrgyzstan." The piloting of modules for grades 5-6 was carried out on the following topics: Demography, Health, Culture, Media Literacy, Solving environmental problems. These modules were integrated into classroom hours and lessons in subjects: Russian, English, history, geography, etc.

The main goal of piloting 5 modules was to form cross-sectoral competencies (“soft skills”) among students in grades 5-6 and improve their ICT skills.

Teachers from pilot schools were provided with methodological and consulting support during the period of piloting the modules.

The pilot results showed pupils' interest in the modules, improved ICT skills among pupils and teachers, and the use of the Framer Space platform during the modules.

Pilot schools that participated in the project:

  1. School No. 1 named after A.S. Pushkin
  2. School №18 named after Navoi
  3. Secondary school №3 named after Lomonosov
  4. School No. 5 named after Bokonbaeva
  5. School Jetigen
  6. School No. 2 named after Chkalova
  7. School named after Zhundubaeva
  8. School named after Rysmendieva
  9. School  No. 78
  10. School  No. 2 named after Kasymbaeva
  11. Secondary school №2 named after Baranova
  12. School  No. 68
  13. School  No. 13
  14. UVK School  No. 38

On December 17, 2021, an online rewarding ceremony was held for the winners of the competition "Best Practice for Implementing Education for Sustainable Development" as part of the project "Development of an online curriculum for updating intersectoral competencies for sustainable development in Kyrgyzstan."

The grand opening of the event was held with welcoming words from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, the UNESCO Cluster Office for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (UNESCO Almaty), the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Turkmenistan, as well as the Republican Institute for Advanced Studies and Retraining of Teachers under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic (RIPKPR under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic).

The competition was held from September 01 to November 30, 2020. among teachers of pilot schools who took part in piloting 5 modules aimed at promoting and integrating education for sustainable development into school education. As part of the competition, teachers had to prepare their portfolio based on the results of piloting and shoot a video essay. 18 works were presented, of which 6 works of the following teachers were selected:

1. Berdikozhoeva Zhazgul Chymyrbekovna - Secondary School No. 2 named after Chkalova

2. Dzhumabekova Zarina Amankulovna-Secondary School named after Rysmendieva

3. Abdylasova Kumushai Monolovna - School-gymnasium №2 named after Kasymbaeva

4. Sultanalieva Aisha Bormukhamedovna-School-gymnasium No. 2 named after Kasymbaeva,

5. Ismailova Saltanat Abdievna - School-gymnasium named after Zhundubaeva

6. Toktogulova Orozbu Muratovna - School-gymnasium №38

The winners of the Best Practice in Implementing Education in the SDGs competition received certificates, laptops and the opportunity to undergo online training at the Laboratory of Innovative Projects (Belarus). In addition, all teachers and their students received a badge confirming membership in the global community of teachers to promote education for sustainable development and certificates of professional development !!!