Like many countries, Tajikistan has embarked on ambitious education sector reforms to provide opportunities for younger generations to succeed and to ensure the social, economic, and political development of the country. As part of these reforms, Tajikistan is transitioning to competency-based 2 education, introducing changes to the design and implementation of the school curriculum and to preand in-service teacher training. The transition is a complex one because all resources, capacities (at different education levels), curricula, and education processes and procedures have historically been knowledge-based, teacher-centered, and linear. Competency-based education, on the other hand, requires student-centered, outcome-oriented teaching, learning, and assessment, along with active and interactive curricula.

In 2016, as part of the reform, Tajikistan introduced competency-based education in primary grades by designing a new curriculum. Although curriculum reform is key for the implementation of competencybased education, it alone is not sufficient to help teachers change their practices toward more studentcentered approaches. As a result, the country also introduced a targeted pre- and in-service training system for primary school teachers.

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