Pres­i­dent’s Greet­ings to the Na­tion’s Teach­ers and Men­tors

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On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 1, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Uzbek­istan’s ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem cel­e­brated their pro­fes­sional hol­i­day. Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev sent a con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage to the hold­ers of this noble oc­cu­pa­tion. Fol­low­ing is the text of the greet­ing by our na­tion’s leader.

Dear friends!

I am sin­cerely glad with all my heart to con­grat­u­late you and in your per­son all those who glo­rify the no­blest pro­fes­sion in the world by their la­bor, on the na­tional hol­i­day - the Teacher’s and Men­tor’s Day.

Widely cel­e­brat­ing this sig­nif­i­cant day in our coun­try, first of all we re­mem­ber our na­tive school, car­ing teach­ers who opened the way to knowl­edge and taught good. To you, beloved peo­ple for our hearts who are an ex­am­ple for us in all mat­ter em­body­ing the best hu­man qual­i­ties, we ex­press our most kind, sin­cere wishes and bow low with a feel­ing of un­paid debt.

In the words of our great poet and thinker Alisher Navoi, the trea­sures of the whole world will not suf­fice to fully pay for your noble work.

In­deed, our teach­ers and men­tors show real ded­i­ca­tion, car­ing for each child as their own, hav­ing com­pletely ded­i­cated to ed­u­cat­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion.

We know and ap­pre­ci­ate your enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to the har­mo­nious devel­op­ment of our youth who to­day deeply learns mod­ern knowl­edge and pro­fes­sions, for­eign lan­guages, with great dreams and hopes en­ters an in­de­pen­dent life be­com­ing the de­ci­sive force of our to­mor­row.

Dear com­pa­tri­ots!

To­day, when our coun­try is at a new stage of re­forms, in ac­cor­dance with the Strat­egy of Ac­tions for the devel­op­ment of the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan along five pri­or­ity di­rec­tions in 2017-2021, large-scale re­forms are be­ing car­ried out in all spheres.

Of course, the suc­cess of these re­forms, our ac­qui­si­tion of a wor­thy place among the mod­ern de­vel­oped coun­tries of the world are pri­mar­ily due to the ad­vance­ment of sci­ence, ed­u­ca­tion and up­bring­ing in the coun­try, our com­pet­i­tive­ness in these ar­eas.

In this re­gard, it should be noted that only in the past year, there were adopted 74 de­crees, de­ci­sions and or­ders of the Pres­i­dent of the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan and the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters di­rectly re­lated to the devel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion and up­bring­ing.

To be sure, in se­cur­ing the ef­fec­tive re­al­iza­tion of these doc­u­ments, at­test­ing to the con­stant at­ten­tion of the state to such an im­por­tant area, we pri­mar­ily rely on you, dear teach­ers and men­tors, on your knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, ta­lent and skill.

To­day, pur­suant to the de­mands of the times and tak­ing into ac­count the wishes of our pub­lic, we be­gan to im­ple­ment car­di­nal re­forms in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. This in­cludes, in par­tic­u­lar, the tran­si­tion to an 11-year gen­eral se­condary ed­u­ca­tion, the op­ti­miza­tion of the sys­tem of aca­demic lyceums and pro­fes­sional col­leges, the or­ga­ni­za­tion of five new higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and branches of uni­ver­si­ties, even­ing and cor­re­spon­dence de­part­ments in 12 ar­eas of study in 16 uni­ver­si­ties and in­sti­tutes, the ex­pan­sion of the net­work of pre-school ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and pro­vi­sion of non-state ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices, as well as im­prov­ing the sys­tem of train­ing teach­ers, re­train­ing and ad­vanced train­ing of em­ploy­ees of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion. I think that you un­der­stand the essence and sig­nif­i­cance of these deeply thought out and long-term re­forms bet­ter than any­one.

As a log­i­cal con­tin­u­a­tion of this work, a spe­cial­ized school on in-depth study of sub­jects in the field of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies named af­ter Muham­mad al-Khorezmi, the state spe­cial­ized gen­eral board­ing school named af­ter Mirzo Ulugh­bek and the park of As­tron­omy and Aero­nau­tics is cur­rently be­ing or­ga­nized which un­doubt­edly will serve to boost the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try in ac­cor­dance with world stan­dards.

Also, a branch of Amer­ica’s pres­ti­gious Web­ster Univer­sity will be opened in Tashkent, and this will be another step to­wards the in­tro­duc­tion of ad­vanced for­eign ex­pe­ri­ence and in­no­va­tions in the field of sci­ence and ed­u­ca­tion in our coun­try.

At the same time, we re­al­ize that there are many ur­gent tasks ahead for us to strengthen the ma­te­rial and tech­ni­cal base of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, to up­grade the skills of teach­ers and fac­ulty, to in­ten­sify sci­en­tific and ped­a­gog­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion with lead­ing for­eign ed­u­ca­tional cen­ters, to in­tro­duce mod­ern ed­u­ca­tional and in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies, new teach­ing meth­ods. It should be noted that we will make ev­ery ef­fort to per­form these im­por­tant tasks.

Dear friends!

The cur­rent rapidly chang­ing life con­fronts us with new and more com­plex is­sues, and tak­ing mea­sures to ad­dress them we are once again con­vinced that this de­pends first and fore­most on the ed­u­ca­tion and up­bring­ing of the youth, the for­ma­tion of their out­look on the ba­sis of mod­ern knowl­edge, spir­i­tu­al­ity and en­light­en­ment.

In par­tic­u­lar, in coun­ter­ing such threats to all of hu­man­ity as ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism, to­day one can­not limit one­self with fight­ing their con­se­quences, the main task is to erad­i­cate the root causes of these threats, to ed­u­cate young peo­ple in the spirit of high ideals of hu­man­ism.

As you know, Uzbek­istan is in fa­vor of this ap­proach to solve the most press­ing prob­lems of our time. Our po­si­tion was re­peat­edly voiced at au­thor­i­ta­tive in­ter­na­tional sum­mits, in­clud­ing the re­cently held 72nd ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly.

The ini­tia­tive «En­light­en­ment against ig­no­rance and vi­o­lence» put for­ward by us has caused great in­ter­est and drawn wide sup­port in the world com­mu­nity.

I am con­vinced that you, dear teach­ers and men­tors, rep­re­sent­ing a sig­nif­i­cant part of our in­tel­li­gentsia, will con­tinue to spare no ef­fort to in­crease the ef­fec­tive­ness of our work on strength­en­ing the spir­i­tual and moral foun­da­tions, peace and har­mony in our so­ci­ety, a healthy lifestyle among young peo­ple, and the im­prove­ment of the sys­tem of in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the school, the fam­ily and the ma­halla that was proved in prac­tice.

I as­sure you that in the fu­ture the wor­thy stim­u­la­tion of your hard and at the same time honor­able work in the name of achiev­ing our most im­por­tant goals - build­ing a new, free and pros­per­ous life, fur­ther devel­op­ment of our na­tive Uzbek­istan will also stay in the cen­ter of at­ten­tion of our state and so­ci­ety.

Once again, from the bot­tom of my heart, I con­grat­u­late you on Oc­to­ber 1, the Teacher’s and Men­tor’s Day, wish­ing you a sound health, hap­pi­ness and ev­ery suc­cess, peace and pros­per­ity to your fam­i­lies.

I wish the best of luck in your gra­cious ac­tiv­ity, dear teach­ers and men­tors!

Shavkat Mirziy­oyev, Pres­i­dent of the Re­pub­lic of Uzbek­istan

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