The President’s Holiday Message to Teachers and Mentors
On the occasion of the Day of Teachers and Mentors, celebrated in Uzbekistan on October 1 every year, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev sent a congratulatory message to the educators in our nation. Following is the text of the holiday greeting.
Honorable teachers! Esteemed friends!
Allow me to sincerely congratulate you, and all our compatriots who have devoted their lives to this rather important and noble cause of upbringing the younger generation, on 1 October – the Day of Teachers and Mentors!
Speaking of the great significance of your hard and simultaneously admirable work, I believe it is appropriate to quote the words of our outstanding enlightener Abdulla Avloni: “The wealth of knowledge and breadth of a person’s worldview depend primarily on the teacher”.
Indeed, every one of us is indebted to you, dear educators, for all the best that is in us, for all our successes that we have achieved in life.
On this bright holiday, we express our deep gratitude and best wishes to you, our kind and caring mentors, who give all their knowledge and experience, the warmth of their hearts in order for us to become spiritually mature individuals, to find a welldeserved place in society.
We all understand well that education and upbringing are crucial not only in today’s world, but also for the future of any state and society.
Therefore, the development of education and upbringing has been designated in Uzbekistan as a government policy priority.
In this regard, I would like to dwell only on a few recently adopted important decisions in this field.
In accordance with the Presidential Resolution of 30 September 2017, the Ministry of Pre-School Education was established for the first time in our country. The system of pre-school education was radically reformed, and within a short period of time more than 980 kindergartens were built and put into operation. The learning system in these primary institutions is built on novel, cutting-edge methods and means.
In accordance with the Presidential Resolution dated August 14, 2018, the salaries of primary and high school teachers have been equalized; from the new year, the growth in the salaries of scientific discipline teachers will total 54 percent, while the highest-category educators will have a 64-percent increase.
Along with this, a system has been established for providing pedagogical workers with long-term preferential loans for the purchase of affordable standard-design housing and vehicles, as well as such loans to their families for the development of entrepreneurial activity.
In continuation of this work, on September 5 this year, the Presidential Resolution “On additional measures to improve the management of the public education system” was signed, which opens up new prospects in the development of the sphere.
As you may know, the document defines in particular specific tasks for perfecting the management of public education institutions, bolstering their material, technical and educational base, further promoting the network of non-state general education organizations, developing the government program “Modern School”, paying pensions to working pensioner teachers in full.
In our country, priority is attached to the development of the higher education system. Along with new higher education institutions, branches of prestigious foreign universities are being opened, quotas of admission to higher educational institutions have been increasing, and correspondence departments in many areas of study are operating.
All this is directed at cardinal improvement with an eye to contemporary requirements for the quality of the learning process, creation of decent conditions for our esteemed teachers, for all those who work selflessly in this area, to boost their status in society. A great deal of efforts is undertaken in the country for the construction, reconstruction and repair of educational institutions, including within the framework of this year’s Investment Program in 356 educational institutions – a total amount of 684 billion 700 million soums, and more than 424 billion soums in 371 secondary schools within the framework of the programs “Obod qishloq” and “Obod mahalla”.
In total, 12 trillion 366 billion soums were allocated up to August 2018 from the national budget to the sphere of education and training, which is more than 26 percent of total expenses. These figures clearly indicate the scale of the reforms carried out in the system.
Naturally, we are well aware that teachers and mentors play an incomparable role in achieving the high goals that we set for ourselves.
In nurturing the young generation in the spirit of national and universal values, devotion to our homeland and people, quest for modern knowledge and professions, foreign languages, we rely primarily on you, dear educators. It’s no secret that today the situation in the world is becoming more tense and unpredictable. In such intricate circumstances, the prevention of negative influence on the consciousness of our young people, the fight against ignorance through education is of paramount importance, and your noble activity serves as a model for the general public.
Large-scale and grave tasks of our time require all of us, above all you, dear teachers, to work tirelessly on ourselves, to encourage in the younger generation the high spiritual and moral qualities, the ability to think independently, in a new way, to develop and realize their abilities.
I am convinced that you, esteemed teachers and mentors, who spare no effort and energy for the education of all the children of our multiethnic country as comprehensively advanced individuals and genuine citizens of Uzbekistan, will fulfill those objectives with honor.
Our state and society will keep cashing in all the opportunities to deliver an environment conducive for you and support you continuously in your selfless activity.
Dear teachers and mentors! Let me earnestly congratulate you again on this national holiday!
I wish you a sound health, every success and the best of luck in furthering your noble and responsible mission, as well as family happiness and wellbeing!