STEAM Azerbaijan festival opening ceremony takes place
The opening ceremony of the International Steam Azerbaijan Festival 2022 was held on 5 December at Baku Expo Centre with the support of the Ministry of Science and Education. The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov, Minister of Science and Education Emin Amrullayev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the State Examination Center Maleyka Abbaszadeh, officials from other government agencies, members of the National Assembly, heads of media structures, well-known members of the public and other guests. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister of Science and Education Emin Amrullayev welcomed the guests and noted that the festival is a prestigious and significant event in the field of education. Speaking about the Steam Project, the minister noted that the project is the first step toward further education in Azerbaijan. Emin Amrullayev noted that the main purpose of Steam education is to prepare the next generation for new challenges. In his speech, the Minister of Science and Education, emphasizing the support of more than 250 "BIR"(“ONE”) student volunteers in the organization of the festival, congratulated each of them on December 5 - International Volunteer Day. At the end of his speech, the minister thanked everyone who contributed to the organization of the festival and wished the participants success. In his speech at the festival, the head of the project "Steam Azerbaijan," Igrar Nazarov, spoke in detail about the project and the festival. Igrar Nazarov said that now the Steam project covers 318 schools and 100,305 students all over the country, and 22 Steam centers are functioning. He noted that by 2026, the number of students in the project is planned to reach 280 thousand. Noting the difference between SAF 2022 and SAF 2021, Igrar Nazarov said that 1,312 people in 350 teams participated in this year's festival, of which 127 teams represented 7 foreign countries. It was noted that SAF 2022 will be held in 10 categories, such as "VEX IQ" and "VEX V5", "Robotics," "Lego," "Search and Rescue" (10-14, 15-18 years old), "Hackathon" (High school), "Hackathon" (general education schools), "Dream World” (elementary school), "Robokids" (elementary school), "Mechatronics," and "Learning Drones." Based on applications from the UK, Sweden, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Estonia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, teams from these countries were secured to participate in the festival in various categories. Specialists from France, Israel, Norway, China, and Turkey were invited as judges to evaluate the team's performance in the competition. An exhibition of “Innovative projects" was also organized at SAF 2022. It should be noted that the festival will last until December 9. The purpose of the festival is to support STEAM-based education, nurture 21st century skills among students, identify and network creative, digitally savvy students, and research international experience in innovation and digitalization.
SAF 2022 kicks off
On December 5, the International STEAM Azerbaijan Festival 2022 (SAF 2022) kicked off at the Baku Expo Center with the support of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan. SAF 2022 was organized in the format of a competition in 10 categories, as well as in the format of an exhibition of innovative projects in one category. A total of 1,312 people from 350 teams participated in SAF 2022. Of these, 127 were foreign countries and 442 were local participants. Foreign participants represent Turkey, Great Britain, Sweden, Estonia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. The purpose of the festival is to support STEAM-based education, nurture 21st century skills among students, identify and network creative, digitally savvy students, and research international experience in innovation and digitalization.
International STEAM Azerbaijan Festival 2022 Starts on 5 December, 2022
The International STEAM Azerbaijan Festival 2022 (SAF 2022) will be held at the Baku Expo Center on December 5-9, 2022, within the STEAM Azerbaijan project and with the support of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The purpose of the festival is to support STEAM-based education, nurture 21st century skills among students, identify and network creative, digital tech-savvy students, and research international experience in innovation and digitalization. SAF 2022 is organized in the format of a competition in 10 categories, as well as in the format of an exhibition of cutting-edge innovations projects in 1 category. More than 1300 participants from Azerbaijan and 7 other countries will immerse in sharp competition, learning, and fun. All general education and higher education (public, private, etc.) students from every district and city in the country, as well as international students, are eligible to compete in numerous categories in the form of the teams. Along with the students from other educational institutions, applications are accepted from vocational, secondary, extracurricular educational institutions, independently, for the category of "Exhibition of creative projects" conducted within the festival.
Meeting of Ministers of Education from the Non-Aligned Movement member states kicks off
On November 29, the Ministry of Science and Education hosted an online meeting of the ministers of education from member states of the Non-Aligned Movement. In his opening remarks at the meeting, Minister of Science and Education Emin Amrullayev informed participants about steps taken to ensure the continuity of education in our country during the pandemic, the activities implemented, and achievements gained in the field of education towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO's Assistant Director General for Education, Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy and Director of Education and Skills at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Ministers of Education from member states of the Non-Aligned Movement spoke at the event, describing the challenges facing education and sharing their experiences with regard to ongoing innovations in the field of education. During the meeting, Ordukhan Gahramanzadeh, head of the youth organization of the Non-Aligned Movement, also spoke and informed the participants in detail about the activities of the organization.
The International Student Forum has come to an end
The International Student Forum on "Youth, Peace, and Security" dedicated to the “Year of Shusha” was organized on November 23–28 by "One Volunteer" Students Cooperation Public Union with the support of the Education Development Fund and the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation. The forum consisted of 5 panel discussions and covered specific topics. The forum included presentations and discussions on "Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Peace-building," "Post-Conflict Statistics: Safe and Dignified Return and Reintegration of Internally Displaced Persons," "Post-War situation: Peace, Security, and Stability in the South Caucasus and other regions," "Sustainable Peace, Sustainable Development, and Cooperation," and "Reporting from Conflict Areas: The Role of Media in Establishing Peace." As part of the forum, students paid a 1-day visit to Shusha on November 26. During the visit, students became acquainted with the severe consequences of the occupation, the destroyed settlements, and cultural and historical specimens in the territories liberated from occupation. It should be noted that the forum was attended by 40 foreign and 10 local students studying at the leading universities in the world from 30 countries in the specialties such as "International relations," "International law," "Diplomacy," and other related specialties selected by the special commission.
Visit of Azerbaijani Minister of Science and Education to Uzbekistan ends
Minister of Science and Education Emin Amrullayev met with the Minister of Preschool Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Agrippina Shin, as part of his visit to Uzbekistan. The parties discussed the exchange of experience and possible prospects for cooperation in the field of preschool education. As part of the international conference on "Early Childhood Care and Education," the Minister met with Amanda Devercelli, the Global Lead for Early Childhood Development at the World Bank. The prospects for further development of bilateral cooperation in the field of education were discussed at the meeting. It should be noted that Emin Amrullayev's visit to Uzbekistan on November 14–16 has ended.
Minister of Science and Education holds meetings in Uzbekistan
The Minister of Science and Education Emin Amrullayev as part of his visit to Uzbekistan met with the Minister of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of this country Abdukodir Tashkulov. The parties discussed the exchange of experience in the field of higher and secondary specialized education, direct cooperation between educational institutions of the two countries and other issues. Emin Amrullayev also met with UNICEF Regional Director for Central Asia and Europe, Afshan Khan, as part of the international conference on "Early Childhood Care and Education." During the meeting, the Minister noted the successful implementation of the project on "Development of community-based preschool education." At the same time, the parties discussed prospects for cooperation in other areas of mutual interest.
Minister of Science and Education addresses an international conference
The Minister of Science and Education Emin Amrullayev spoke at a high-level session on policy, management, and finance organized as part of the international conference on "Early Childhood Care and Education" in Tashkent, the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In his speech, the Minister informed the participants of the event about the activities implemented and successes achieved in increasing the comprehensiveness and quality of preschool education in Azerbaijan. Emin Amrullayev stressed the importance of international cooperation as well as the exchange of experience in these areas.
Emin Amrullayev meets with the Minister of Public Education of Uzbekistan
The Minister of Science and Education Emin Amrullayev, who is on a visit to Uzbekistan, met with Minister of Public Education of this country Bakhtiyar Saidov. During the meeting, the parties discussed the development of cooperation in the field of general education, the implementation of exchange programs for students and teachers, and the organization of presentations among schoolchildren related to the history and common values of the two countries, including increasing the number of fraternal schools. The Minister of Science and Education shared the achievements of our country in the field of education in recent years, as well as STEAM and digital skills, and Azerbaijan's experience related to the participation of students in international assessment programs (PISA, PIRLS, TIMSS). The Minister expressed his satisfaction with the upcoming participation of Uzbek students in the STEAM festival, which will be held in our country from December 5 to 9, 2022. At the same time, Emin Amrullayev expressed gratitude for the Uzbek government's initiative to build a school in the Fizuli district, which had been liberated from occupation.
Minister of Science and Education is on a visit to Uzbekistan
A delegation led by the Minister of Science and Education Emin Amrullayev is in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, to participate in an international conference on "Early Childhood Care and Education," organized by UNESCO. The purpose of the event, attended by more than 1,500 participants from different countries, is to share the experiences of UNESCO member states to ensure the comprehensiveness and development of pre-school education. As part of the conference, Minister of Science and Education Emin Amrullayev is scheduled to participate in a high-level session, bilateral meetings with the leadership of UNESCO, as well as with relevant government agencies implementing the educational policy in Uzbekistan.
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