Roundtable within the framework of the Non-Formal Education Development Project

On March 27, TEAE together with other organizations held a Round Table within the framework of the Non-Formal Education Development Project, which was attended by 42 representatives from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia, Belarus, South Korea, Scotland and other countries, representing more than 30 organizations. The participants of the round table spoke about the situation with non-formal education in their countries, the effectiveness of programs, difficulties and challenges encountered. The roadmap for the development of interaction between different types of education, creation of networking, opportunities to improve the quality of non-formal programs were discussed.

It was decided to hold a conference on non-formal education from April 23 to 25, 2025. All interested participants are invited to the conference: providers of non-formal education, representatives of evangelical educational institutions, churches and unions. The conference will be held in conjunction with the TEAE General Assembly Meeting to be held on the same dates. The 2025 conference will include a presentation of non-formal education initiatives, giving pastors and church leaders an opportunity to see what programs can be offered in their churches. There is a great need for non-formal programs in national languages in Central Asia. As a result of the conference, independent local educational initiatives will get to know each other, they will be given the opportunity to integrate with known and effective educational practices, and churches will have access to a database of non-formal initiatives that are available in their language and context. Seminary leaders will gain a better understanding of the non-formal sector. The NFE database will also be introduced and tested by participants. During the coming year, the association will continue to work on developing a procedure for evaluating the quality of informal programs, which will be presented at the conference. The event will conclude with a panel discussion between leaders of formal and non-formal education on ways and types of cooperation and mutual assistance.

TEAE unites 38 evangelical educational institutions and organizations from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, South Korea and other countries. The Association is open to cooperation with various organizations that can participate as full or associate members or attend as observers.

Photos from the TEAE Roundtable can be viewed here: