Aga Khan Humanities Project trains 135 instructors in Central Asia

Date: 04 July 2012
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From January to June 2012, the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) conducted six faculty development workshops for instructors and administrators from partner universities in Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan.

AKHP Faculty Development workshops are facilitated by skilled teams of trainers from the region who introduce AKHP’s multi-disciplinary curricula and innovative pedagogy, with the aim of developing pluralism of ideas through multi-disciplinary approaches and participatory learning. On successfully completing training, participants receive teaching certificates.
In the first half of 2012, 135 new instructors were qualified to join the growing network of Central Asian instructors using AKHP materials and pedagogy in their classes at universities around the region.
 
Kazakhstan: From January and June 2012, AKHP conducted two faculty development workshops for 47 instructors and administrators; the first on AKHP courses Tradition and Change and Negotiating Human Nature for participants from the College under the Kazakh National Pedagogical University named after Abay in Almaty, and the second on Introduction to the Humanities at the UCA Training Centre in Taldykorgan. The Almaty workshop was facilitated by a skilled team including Juraev Abdurakhim (Tajik State University of Business, Politics and Law), Gulmira Bilyalova (Kazakh National Pedagogical University) and Obidkhon Kurbonkhonov (AKHP).
 
The Taldykorgan workshop was organised by AKHP FDP Coordinator-Kazakhstan Nurzhauar Issayeva and facilitated by Nina Tyurina (Kazakh–Russian University) and Murat Kurmanov (Zhetysu State University). Participants noted that the workshops would improve their students’ skills and their own professional development.
 
The workshop sessions inspired a desire to create!” said participant Aigul Muhamedieva. The Taldykorgan workshop was followed by a two-day session focusing on practical ways to link AKHP courses to university and college curricula.
 
Workshop participants in Almaty
Workshop participants in Taldykorgan
Workshop participants in Almaty Workshop participants in Taldykorgan
 
 
Kyrgyz Republic: Two workshops were organised on AKHP courses Introduction to Humanities and Individual and Society by Cholpon Kurmanbaeva, AKHP FDP Coordinator-Kyrgyz Republic, and facilitated by Alla Kuvatova (Russian-Tajik Slavonic University), Khadicha Shambetalieva (KRSU), Sanjarbek Tajimatov (Kyrgyz National University) and Venera Sabirova (Osh State University).
 
In January, 25 participants from Naryn State University, Issyl-Kul State University, Talas State University, Batken State University, Kazyl-Kiya State Pedagogic Institute, Kyzyl-Kiya Institute of Management and Economics and Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University (KRSU) came together at KRSU in Bishkek. In April, another 25 instructors received training at the Russian Social University in Osh. All participants received teaching certificates.
 
This seminar was excellent, due to the calibre of participants who were highly motivated, intelligent and ready to implement the interactive methods and unusual content of the textbooks,” said participant Ravshan Akbarov.
 
Workshop participants in Bishkek Workshop participants in Osh
Workshop participants in Bishkek Workshop participants in Osh
 
 
Tajikistan: Two workshops were organised in Tajikistan by Farrukh Ashrapov, AKHP FDP Coordinator-Tajikistan on Introduction to Humanities and Individual and Society. In January, 24 instructors and administrators from Tajik State University of Commerce and the Technological University of Tajikistan in Dushanbe (which also hosted the workshop) were engaged by an accomplished team including AKHP trainer and curriculum developer, Muhsin Rahimov (Tajik Technical University), Ruziya Kamarova (Eurasian National University) and Khadicha Shambetalieva (KRSU).
 
In April, a workshop for 17 instructors from Khujand State University and Tajik State University of Business, Politics and Law was facilitated by Abdurahim Juranev (UCA-AKHP Innovative Center, Khujand State University) and Makhkamboy Karimov (Khujand State University) at Tajik State University of Business. Participants felt that the workshop had achieved its goal of developing professional skills through the use of new curriculum and interactive teaching methods.
 
Workshop participants in Dushanbe Workshop participants in Khujand
Workshop participants in Dushanbe Workshop participants in Khujand