In December 2016, professor Asylbek Toktogulov, President of Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Kyrgyzstan, was awarded an honorary title “Teachers’ defender 2016” by the national magazine of science and pedagogy “Mugalim”. The award ceremony was held in the National Children and Youth Centre “Seytek” where the award was handed to Asylbek Toktogulov by Rahat Sulaymanova, chief editor of the magazine.

Toktogulov is an experienced teacher and advocate for teachers’ rights and freedoms. He started as physics teacher in a rural school and continued as school’s principal in Bishkek and chief of the education department in Bishkek city administration.  He also worked in the Republican Ministry of Education.  For the last 16 years, he has been leading the Central Committee of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Kyrgyzstan which represents legal, social and economic interests of teachers and researchers.