Защита уроков Информатики в новом базисном учебном плане

25 мая 2015 года, Азиз Солтобаев принял участие в финальном слушании по новому базисному учебному плану для среднего образования.

В ходе обсуждения, Азиз выступил с презентацией почему информатика нужна как отдельный предмет в школах и зачем необходимо внедрять ее с младших классов.

Это была вспомогательная презентация к основной презентации Лиры Самыкбаевой, руководителя рабочей группы по обсуждению нового стандарта предмета “Информатика”.

В ходе дискуссий были приведены примеры из международного опыта внедрения с различного уровня классов, а также различные варианты построения уроков.

Рабочей группе по предмету “Информатика” удалось отстоять позицию, чтобы Информатика шла отдельным предметом, а не была слита с предметами “Труд” и “черчение”.  Однако, участники слушания согласились оставить уроки предметов с 5 по 11 классы. Основным аргументом являлся отсутствие необходимого количества компьютерных устройств и достаточно подготовленных учителей.

К сведению, в нынешнем базисном учебном плане уроки Информатики преподаются только в 7, 8 и 9х классах школьной образовательной системы.

Азиз Солтобаев является членом рабочей группы по обсуждению нового стандарта предмета “Информатика”.

Video conference with World Bank about IT industry in Kyrgyz Republic

Aziz Soltobaev, as external expert of National Institute of Strategic Studies (NISS), participated in video conference with World Bank office in Washington DC about topic “Opportunities and Challenges for development of IT industry in Kyrgyz Republic”.

As participant of conference call, Aziz Soltobaev made presentation about “Creating sustainable startup ecosystem in Kyrgyz Republic”.  Aziz pointed to the regional forecasts of World Bank for the year 2015-2017, “Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, and Tajikistan are
vulnerable to dislocations in the Russian labor market because of the importance of remittances from Russia. Declining prices of agricultural commodities, metals, and raw materials are expected to weaken the terms of trade and reduce trade balances”. As potential consequences might be  Weaker remittances from labor workers to Kyrgyz Republic (29% of GDP),  forecasted current account balance estimated -14%, Labor migrants return back and create social
tension, competition for jobs.

As a possible solution, Aziz proposed  “Train labor type of skills necessary to create added-value without living country in distance;  Create Internet related jobs and services; Spur Internet entrepreneurship, i.e. startup movement”.

World Bank had similar experience in building skills for tech entrepreneurs in Beirut  as a part of World Bank Project in Lebanon (http://www.mie-p.org/).

Head of NISS Talant Sultanov told that despite economic challenges in country, national think tanks promotes information and communications technology (ICT) as one of the top agendas of the country. As an example, Mr. Sultanov shared news that NISS prepares analytical note to Kyrgyz Government about concept of ICT development.

From their side, representatives of World Bank office in DC  learned about ICT situation in Kyrgyz Republic and agreed to discuss with leadership of World Bank opportunities for collaboration on development of ICT in Kyrgyz Republic

More about meeting: http://www.nisi.kg/ru-news-1330

KG Labs joined Startup Nations league

On May 6, 2015 KG Labs joined Startup Nations league.  This membership helps to collaborate with partners from all around the world on policy making to improve Kyrgyz ecosystem to create critical mass of innovative startups in the near future.

Startup Nations (SN) is network and platform dedicated to identifying policy levers that can unleash high impact entrepreneurship and innovation. The network is made up of “startup savvy” policy advisers focused on exploring different regulatory changes and other policy and public sector programs to help accelerate new and young firm formation in their economies.

Members share ideas about what is working and what is not in their respective environments; connects to research and communicates priorities to the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) and its individual members (e.g. Kauffman Foundation, the World Bank and Endeavor Global), and enables informal knowledge sharing among economies focused on leveraging entrepreneurs and their startups in order to create jobs, build economies and expand human welfare.

Principles of Startup Nations

Startup Nations is at its core an organic and nimble network that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration. To ensure value of membership, certain principles shared by the founding members serve as the core of the network’s activities.

  • Smarter policymaking: At its core, Startup Nations is a network of startup-savvy policymakers seeking better evidence and tools for smarter policymaking and programming to support and strengthen entrepreneurship ecosystems.
  • Knowledge- and experience-sharing among members: Startup Nations members tap into each other’s knowledge about experimental results and make models available for replication by other locations represented in the Startup Nations network. Members make the basic commitment to share what they have learned about interventions (policy, programmatic, evaluation methods, or otherwise) that support their entrepreneurship communities.
  • Fostering evidence-based impact evaluation: Startup Nations members believe they will be more effective when informed and armed by efforts such as the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN), not to mention the wide array of other Kauffman Foundation, World Bank, and OECD research and programming.

Startup Nations membership thus entails a commitment to assess whether programs in various startup ecosystems are performing or not, and a commitment to openness and candid experience sharing about program successes and failures.

Startup Nations is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), a year-round platform of programs and initiatives engaging more than 160 countries while creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem.