Multilingual education: Experience exchange
Teachers in the Central Asian countries have expressed their interest in Kazakhstan’s experience in multilingual education. Teachers from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have intended to adopt Kazakhstan’s advanced teaching methods. According to experts, knowledge in many languages is the current requirement and allows the preparation of well-rounded young generations.
However, teachers are facing harder requirements to use the multilingual education. They must improve their skills and introduce innovative training programs constantly. In 136 schools out of 1038 schools in South Kazakhstan region, students study in Uzbek and Tajik languages. Besides Kazakh, Russian and English, they also learn their native languages.
RAIKHAN YESIMKHANOVA, SPOKESPERSON, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN REGION:
- Through learning the language of other nationalities, we begin to learn their culture. Through the knowledge of the world culture, a child gets a sense of patriotism, develops love for homeland and pride in his or her people.
OSERBAI BAIKABYLOV, UZBEK TEACHER:
- There are 372 schools with instructions in Kazakh language in Uzbekistan. Students from the 1st to the 11th grades learn in Kazakh. This is an important factor. It will influence stronger cooperation and friendship between the two countries. We will only increase this experience in the education field.