TASHKENT, 11 Feb – RIA Novosti. The Ministry of Education of Russia in 2021 will allocate 75 million rubles for the “Klass” project to improve the level of Russian language proficiency in Uzbekistan, said on Thursday. Olga Podberezkina, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Public Relations of the Ministry.
In October 2020, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan and the charitable foundation of Russian businessman and philanthropist Alisher Usmanov “Art, Science, Sport” signed an agreement on the implementation of the “Class” project to improve the level of Russian language proficiency in the republic. The executors of the program are the Russian State Pedagogical University named after A.I. Herzen and the Uzbekistan Institute for retraining and advanced training of leaders and specialists of the public education system named after A. Avloni.
On Thursday, a Russian-Uzbek round table on cooperation in the educational field is being held on the online platform of the Expo-Russia Uzbekistan exhibition.
“The Ministry of Education will allocate 75 million rubles for the Klass project in 2021. This is the most ambitious and flagship project of the Ministry in Uzbekistan,” Podberezkina said during the event.
A ministry spokesperson also highlighted the contribution of Usmanov, a native of Uzbekistan, who plans to “channel funds towards teachers' salaries under our agreement until the project is completed in 2030.”
According to the Ministry of Education, as part of the first stage of the project in 2020, 32 specialists from Russia tested about 4 thousand local teachers and 500 students for knowledge of the Russian language in all 14 regions of Uzbekistan. In 2021, the first 100 teachers and methodologists will be sent to the republic to work in schools, Podberezkina added.
According to the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan, the number of university graduates in the specialties of “Russian language and literature” does not cover even half of the existing need, in primary grades – only a third. In recent years, a number of projects have been implemented in Uzbekistan to promote the study of the Russian language in educational institutions.