The ‘Innovative Teacher’ Awards – Schools2030 Tajikistan hosts first National Showcase Event

Written by Najiba Termurshoeva

09 August 2023
By Sarah James


Schools2030 once again celebrates its teachers! This time, the programme in Tajikistan was pleased to host its first National Showcase event in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Science. The ‘Innovative teacher’ Awards were held at the end of May in Bokhtar.

The event served as a platform for 28 teachers from Schools2030 schools to present their ideas and improved practices for quality teaching and learning. The teachers, who hailed from all four regions of the country, have created these innovations using Schools2030’s Three-Step Model for identifying gaps in student learning and designing holistic learning practices to improve student outcomes using the participatory process of Human-Centred Design (HCD).

One of the significant achievements of the Schools2030 project in Khatlon is its successful implementation of the HCD for training partners and teachers of 30 general secondary schools.

Sharifi Firuza, Deputy Governor of Khatlon

On the first day of the event, the teachers presented their ideas to the Evaluation Committee, who determined the outstanding ideas to take forward and test out in other schools based on a number of criteria, including whether the practices were low-cost, gender-inclusive, sustainable and scaleable. The Committee, which was made up of members of the Ministry for Education and Science, representatives from the Khatlon regional government, regional and district education officials, and others, then presided over the award ceremony the following day. Amongst the audience for the awards were some 700 teachers who had been invited from other schools as part of Schools2030’s efforts to influence wider edu cation systems beyond those directly included in the programme.

The Aga Khan Development Network is confident that initiatives like Schools2030, implemented by AKF Tajikistan in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tajikistan…will make a huge contribution in the direction of enhancing the status of teachers and improving the quality of education.

Kishwar Abdulalishoev, CEO, AKF Tajikistan

The ‘Innovative Teacher’ Awards highlighted the transformational approach of Schools2030 aimed at promoting and replicating innovation in public schools across Tajikistan. The most notable innovations will now be taken forward to see if they can be tested and iterated in other sites and scaled effectively. The winning idea was also presented recently at the Schools2030 Global Forum in Portugal.

Schools2030 is a ten-year participatory learning improvement programme based in 1,000 government schools across ten countries. Schools2030 supports teachers and students to design and implement education micro-innovations. These low-cost and scaleable innovations will inform and transform education systems to improve holistic learning outcomes for the most marginalised learners worldwide. Join the movement on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.