On 2-5 November, a working visit of the Ambassador of Estonia took place to Kyrgyzstan.

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN. On 2-5 November, a working visit of the Ambassador of Estonia to the countries of Central Asia, Toomas Tirs, took place to Kyrgyzstan.

Purpose of the visit was to attend the various events organized by the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Digital Development of the Kyrgyz Republic.

As part of the meetings at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Tirs took part and spoke in the opening session of the Sub-regional Conference “Promotion of Education for Sustainable Development: Regional Perspectives and Experience”. During the event, the award ceremony was held celebrate the winners of the Best Practices in Education for Sustainable Development competition among teachers, which was organized jointly with UNESCO and EdNet.

Ms. Gunda Tire, Head of the International Assesments from the Estonian Education and Youth Board, also spoke at the conference as a speaker.

In addition to the conference, on 2 November, Ms. Tire held seminars in the field of education for teachers, and on 5 November – for representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, where the issues of the assessment, professional development of teachers, management of schools in Estonian schools was discussed. The seminars had good discussions and received very good reviews from the participants.


Ambassador Toomas Tirs, held a seminar for the representatives of various ministries of the Kyrgyz Republic on the topic “New trends in the development of digital technologies and their application in the provision of services.” As a result, the Kyrgyz side expressed a desire to hold further discussions at the level of the heads of the IT units.

Ambassador of Estonia discussed the impact of digitalization on the back office processes. He noted that in Estonia paper is hardly ever used in the provision of public services, but the opportunity to receive services both offline and online is possible. Ambassador noted that the level of trust of digital documents in Estonia is higher than of the paper records as it is more difficult to falsify them.Ambassador Toomas Tirs also answered the questions of the participants.

At the end of the event, Deputy Minister of Digital Development Indira Sharshenova presented a book about Kyrgyz nation on behalf of the Ministry.

In addition, it is worth noting that Mr. Toomas Tirs, together with Mrs. Gunda Tire, visited the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss the experience of Estonian education reforms. He also visited the High Technology Park in Bishkek, held working meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan is the main partner of Estonia in terms of development cooperation in Central Asia in the field of education and information technology. Estonia is ready to share experience and provide further support in the development of the Kyrgyz Republic.