Dear colleagues, partners, friends!
First of all let me use this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Regional Director of DVV International for Central Asia. My name is Thekla Kelbert and I took up this new position in August, replacing my predecessor Levan Kvatchadze. Prior to this, I had served for four years in DVV International’s head office in Bonn where I have been responsible among others for the coordination of the Central Asia programme.
Upon my arrival to Central Asia, the regional functions of managing and facilitating our work in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have moved from Tashkent to Bishkek, where DVV International’s regional office is now situated. After 16 years of fruitful engagement at country, and at regional levels, the team in the now country office in Tashkent will continue their engagement towards system building for adult education and lifelong learning in Uzbekistan.
Kyrgyzstan being the youngest of the three DVV International offices in Central Asia, previously organised many regional events with representatives from national governments, international and local participants from partner organisations in the region and beyond. The next event in this row will be the upcoming Central Asian Adult Education Forum in June next year, dedicated to discussing ways towards improved framework conditions for the further development of adult education in Central Asia, which is currently being planned by the entire regional team.
In the present project phase lasting from 2018-2020, DVV International will focus on further support to the professionalization and networking of adult education providers in Central Asia. Building on the existing expertise in the three project countries, in the German adult education system and elsewhere - some of the next steps will include the institutionalization of the Curriculum globALE in Tajikistan, piloting adult education formats in libraries of some of the rural areas in Kyrgyzstan, and deepening cooperation with the centres of culture and leisure in Uzbekistan.
I am glad that thanks to my previous position in Bonn, I learned the team and programmes of the Central Asian countries as part of DVV International already during the past three years. In addition, I look back at the previous experience of working and living in Central Asia with my family from 2004 to 2007 for the United Nations, so that my longstanding experience in the region will benefit the tasks lying ahead.
It is with pleasure that I present to you our latest newsletter issue – being the first in a long time, which we are fully publishing both in Russian and in English so that hopefully its readership will grow. I hope you will enjoy reading the articles presenting some of the recent endeavours and results of DVV International and its partners work in Central Asia.
Let me also use this opportunity to wish everyone a warm festive season around Christmas and the New Year. May 2019 bring all of us peace, health and happiness, as well as a continued fruitful cooperation!
 Curriculum globALE is a cross-cultural core curriculum for the training of adult educators worldwide, developed jointly by the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) and DVV International. https://www.dvv-international.de/materialien/curriculum-globale/