Investments in Education - Vecherniy Bishkek
Journalists from Bishkek travelled to Osh, where they visited the Aga Khan School and spoke to students and teachers. They also travelled to Naryn, where they saw firsthand the progress of construction of the first campus of the University of Central Asia.
Recognising the importance of robust human resources for our country, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) invests in education of young cadres with competitive skills in Kyrgyzstan and promotes greater access to high quality pre-school, secondary, higher and professional education.
|Lessons in Aga Khan School are conducted in different languages.|
Tour of the Aga Khan School
Currently the Aga Khan School in Osh employs 38 teachers and educates 546 students.
Talented students from remote areas of the Osh Oblast, [who require financial assistance] receive scholarships. Kyrgyz, Russian, English, German and French languages are taught in the School, which encourages students to learn about the cultural diversity of the world. The School is also actively engaged in the professional development of public school teachers.
“We conduct an annual evaluation of our teachers. We attend lessons and assess how they teach subjects and evaluate their work. Additionally, we conduct surveys and ask parents and students if they are satisfied with the teaching,” said School Director, Mirlan Osmonaliev. “We implement the Ministry of Education and Science curriculum, and offer additional hours of foreign language classes and other subjects.”
The School does accept Grade 5 students from other schools. However, according to the Director, there is also a high demand for primary level classes. Efforts to address this are currently being considered.
When we arrived, students were attending their classes; however, they found time to conduct a tour for us. The students told us that they participate in various extracurricular activities after classes.
“Previously I studied in another school and was very shy and lacked confidence, but here, [at the Aga Khan School] I gained leadership skills,” said 10th grade student Nilyufar Lutfalieva.
There are three major designated recesses between classes, during which students can have their lunch. Additionally, all meals at the school cafeteria cost 40 soms.
According to Nilyufar, the School is multinational. For instance, she is from the Pamirs, but was born and raised in Osh.
“There are four of us - the closest friends- Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Korean and myself. We are all of different nationalities. And what is interesting is that we have never noticed until our parents pointed it out to us,” said the girl smiling.
After finishing high school, many students want to apply for the University of Central Asia in Naryn. This University was the next destination of our trip.
|UCA Campus in Naryn will open next year.|
… and the future Naryn Campus
Next year, Naryn will mark a very important event - the opening of the first campus of the University of Central Asia. The construction of the Campus is progressing at full speed.
In September 2016, the University will commence its academic programmes with a Bachelors of Sciences in Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Media and Economics respectively; and minors in Central Asian Studies and Development Studies.
The University was established in 2000. An international treaty and charter of this secular educational institution was signed by Presidents of Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan. UCA also includes the School of Professional and Continuing Education [SPCE] and two research institutes.
UCA began construction of its Naryn town campus facility (SPCE) in 2008 and it was officially opened in 2011.
We also visited SPCE classes. Jamal Tursunova, a graduate of several courses offered by the School, said that these courses have been enormously helpful.
“I took computer and entrepreneurship courses. Now I have my own business producing national clothes and felt products. I am involved in various projects and teach other women too,” said Jamal.
Reprinted and translated with permission from Vercheniyy Bishkek.