Training the Trainers
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. On February 2 nd 2019 successful participants of a Pearson-
licensed further training course for English teachers received their certificates in Primary
and Secondary Education from Byashimow Bayram Begenchevich, the director of the
National Institute of Education, where the course took place.
This was the culmination of intensive training that had begun in October 2018 and involved
over 60 hours of input from international trainers Philip Warwick and Mariola Bogucka.
Alongside this content, participants had to be observed, deliver teacher training in their
regions and take part in peer observation, reflection tasks and feedback.
The 33 successful teachers were exposed to an array of modern methods and approaches
based on 21 st century learning skills and embraced the concepts with interest and
enthusiasm, eager to adapt their teaching styles to the needs of their students and share
their ideas with other teachers.
In fact during the teacher training phase the participants delivered training to a total of
1176 other teachers.
The course is embedded in the implementation of the National Concept of Learning Foreign
languages, issued December 2018. The stated aim of the country’s leadership is that every
citizen knew three languages. As no additional budget was allocated, the Ministry of
Education and the National Institute of Education requested the assistance of the project in
a pilot course to familiarize with global education standards, the objective of the EU project
“Support to the Education Sector in Turkmenistan”.
The results of the course indicate that there is a tangible benefit in investing in human
capital and it is hoped that this might help to inform policy makers when distributing