The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), UNESCO and the Ministry of education of Turkmenistan hosted the 5th Central Asian Region and Kazakhstan Education (CARK) Forum. Turkmenistan has taken over as rotating chair of the CARK Education Forum. Leaders and representatives of education system of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, senior international experts from the regional divisions of UN, including UNICEF and UNESCO, as well as World Bank and Asian Development Bank representatives attended the forum.
As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports, the two-day international forum was held in Ashgabat's President Hotel. It discussed issues of further development of the global project Education For All implemented in the Central Asian region and Kazakhstan as well as other aspects related to adoption of common approaches to the establishment of system of schools with children friendly environment and standards of preschool education. The forum participants summed up the results of work in this area and shared practical experience in programme designing and methodical instruments in this sphere adopted in CARK.
CARK was established in 2002 as an institutional mechanism to assist Central Asian countries and Kazakhstan in fulfilling their commitments to achieve the goals of declaration Education For All adopted at the World Education Forum.