Interaction between UNESCO and the Center Ijtimoiy Fikr
Recently, participants of a seminar at the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Mechanization of Agriculture discussed supporting young researchers in the field of water management within the framework of the UNESCO program for the management of social tr
We offer our readers the speech delivered by Rano Ubaidullaeva, Director of the Ijtimoiy Fikr Center for the Study of Public Opinion, Chairwoman of the National Committee for the UNESCO MOST Program, Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan:
“The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited earlier the UNESCO headquarters in the framework of his official visit to France. This is the first visit of our head of state to UNESCO over the past 22 years, which opened a new chapter in the relations between Uzbekistan and the Organization. During the visit, an agreement was reached between the President of our country and the UNESCO Director-General Ms. Audrey Azoulay on education, training young scientists in the spirit of peace and tolerance, as well as in science and, especially, in water management.
The new integrated strategy for the MOST program envisages the creation of an individual mechanism to support young professionals, graduate students and young researchers through the UNESCO MOST school, which is coordinated by the UNESCO office in Uzbekistan and the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Agricultural Mechanization Engineers.
In this regard, it should be noted that a great deal of work is being done in this area by the National Committee on the UNESCO MOST Program. From 2019, the creation of schools of professionals with the involvement of young researchers will be practiced. Thus, on the basis of a signed memorandum of cooperation with the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM), a visit of leading scientists of sociologists is planned for the coming year.
The National Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the UNESCO MOST Program has been operating in Uzbekistan since 1999 on the basis of the Ijtimoiy Fikr Center for the Study of Public Opinion.
Its membership (21 members) includes representatives of the Academy of Sciences, higher educational institutions, scientific institutions, NGOs and a number of leading organizations in the country. Meetings of the National Committee are held regularly – per quarter – within the framework of the permanent scientific-practical seminar “Pressing issues of studying public opinion methods, theory, practice”.
The research areas of the National Committee for the UNESCO MOST Program are: programs of multicultural and multi-ethnic societies; on urbanization (area); study of management schemes; educational systems; nature conservation and others.
Cooperation of scientists in addition to joint monographs and scientific collections is carried out through publications in the journal “Public Opinion. Human Rights”, which operates on the basis of the Ijtimoiy Fikr Center and the National Center for Human Rights of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
From the day of its inception, the National Committee on the UNESCO MOST Program is working to establish bilateral relations on the basis of cooperation agreements with social and sociological centers of foreign countries. In particular, with the UN Sector for Social and Human Sciences on Education, Science and Culture, the UN International Consultation for Social Sciences (UN-HABITAT) (France); the regional division of social and human sciences in the Asia-Pacific region (Tabland, Bangkok); Harvard University (USA) and many others.
In accordance with the UNESCO proposal to create the International Network of Women Philosophers, we presented materials on 64 female philosophers in Uzbekistan, which were included in the database of the International Network of Women Philosophers, created under the auspices of UNESCO.
In the framework of the UNESCO MOST Program, sociological studies were conducted on the “Values and Lifestyles of Young People in Central Asia”, “Relationship between Sociological Studies and Education Reform Policies in Uzbekistan”, “Citizens and Migration” and others.
The work of the National Committee of the UNESCO MOST and the Ijtimoiy Fikr Center for the Study of Public Opinion thus allows to maintain and establish new contacts with scientists and specialists working in these areas, to bring the results of scientific research to state authorities, ministries and departments, places of various public organizations to work closely with the media.
The main promising areas of activity for the upcoming period are:- the role of preschool education in the upbringing of a harmoniously developed, healthy generation;
- education, as a means of combating extremism and violence;
- cooperation in the field of science and environmental protection;
- professional training of young scientists in the spirit of peace and tolerance.
The MOST organized schools seek to unite a group of scientists, practitioners, politicians and social activists at the national or regional levels to discuss issues of social and humanitarian science. Members of the UNESCO MOST Committee take an active part in the work of international conferences. During this period, 25 seminars were held in our country.