In 2002, the government prepared a national strategy for information and communications technology (ICT) development that identified education as a priority sector for ICT implementation. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) assisted the government in preparing the ICT strategy, which was deemed to offer potentially multiple gains to the country. In education, benefits included enhancing the quality of education, and improving access to education for children from poor families and in remote areas. In 2004, the government approved the National Program for Basic Education Development for 2004-2009. Within this framework, the government launched an ambitious program to integrate ICT in basic education nationwide.
The government requested assistance from ADB in upgrading the basic education system to minimize the gap between rural and urban schools. ADB support for the National Program for Basic Education Development focused on improving the quality, relevance, and access to education; and enhancing the national capacity to manage sector reforms. ADB also supported basic education in terms of curriculum reform, textbook provision, teacher training, and library development. ADB had been engaged in the education sector of Uzbekistan since the 1990s, and had already approved funding for five projects earlier. This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful