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