Azerbaijan, like most of its neighbors, inherited a Soviet-style and -quality educational system when the Soviet Union collapsed over two decades ago. In the time since, Azerbaijan has worked to bring its entire educational system to the present, focusing more on student performance and outcomes and less on didactic repetition. That effort has now taken a leap into the twenty-first century, with its eyes on the future.
Baku has now opened the Azerbaijan Teacher Development Centre, an institution dedicated to teaching teachers how to teach in new ways — to emphasize students and to make the teacher the most important means — instead of the end — to children’s intellectual development. The Centre is receiving international praise, and teachers across the country are buying into the process, which constitutes a real win for everyone involved — but especially the students and Azerbaijan’s future.