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Education against exclusion in Kyrgyzstan II

The project is implemented in Kyrgyzstan, in the south of the country, in the Osh and Jalal-Abad provinces. The project measures include the cities of Osh and Jalal-Abad, and their vicinity. Kyrgyzstan is a country, in which over half of the population (slightly over 60 %) is in working age, the majority of which emigrated and works in Moscow. The country has to face multiple economic and social problems, including poverty and poor healthcare, in particular in the form of lack of basic vaccinations of children leading to many diseases that cause permanent disability (e.g. poliomyelitis). The area of activity is the region that was the epicentre of the 2010 Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan disturbance.

In connection with the economic and social problems the local society has to face, children have limited access to education, in particular children from disfavoured groups (disabled children, children from orphanages), often staying in care and education facilities for children. The product supports horizontal development of children that, due to their living situation, have no development opportunities due to limited access to education. 

For a few years now, a Jesuit Mission runs a charity in Jalal-Abad via its "Svet Lubvi" Foundatino. The mission also has a facility at the Issyk-Kul lake, to which international volunteers come. Their work is an important support for the mission's activities both during the camps organized in the summer as well as in other seasons in the Jalal-Abad parish. In 2013, Dom Spotkań implemented a similar project in Jalal-Abad, under the "Voluntary Polish Aid 2013" programme, with the help of 2 volunteers.

Education against exclusion in Kyrgyzstan II

The "Education against exclusion in Kyrgyzstan II" has been implemented between 18 June and 31 December 2014. A volunteer runs project activities between 20 August and 31 December 2014 in Kyrgyzstan: in Jalal-Abad, in Osh, in the villages of Oktiabroskoje and Kizylkija (in the south of the country, in the Fergana Valley, at the foot of the Tian Shan Mountains). This project does not include an educational initiative.

The sending organisation is Dom Spotkań im. Angelusa Silesiusa, and the host organisation is "Svet Lubvi" Foundation run by the Jesuit Mission in Kyrgyzstan.

The project responds to the particular needs of different groups (disabled children, children from orphanages, the elderly) that are at risk of social exclusion in Kyrgyzstan for various reasons. The project activities consist in solving problems related to limited access of these groups to education. A volunteer runs educational classes supporting the general development of children with extensive disabilities in the centres in Jalal-Abad and in Osh, as  well as language courses for adults in English and Russian. The project activities of the volunteer also focus on local development by running measures addressed to the local community and intended to stimulate bottom-up social initiatives.

The project's priorities lie in the following sectors: education, local community development (measures in favour of activation of local community), developing measures preventing social exclusion of people with disabilities.

The main objective of the project is to prevent social exclusion of persons from the socially disfavoured groups in Kyrgyzstan; that objective pertains to both ethnic groups, Kyrgyz people and Uzbeks. This objective relates to the general situation of the population in Kyrgyzstan and contributes to achieving Millennium Development Goals no. 1 and 2. Moreover, this project supports the following priorities: Priority 3 – supporting socially disfavoured groups and Priority 10 – education as well as professional and social stimulation.

Education against exclusion in Kyrgyzstan II

Volunteer organized meetings, visits, workshops and classes, thanks to which psychophysical state of adults with disabilities and elderly people leaving in care institutions in Oktiabrskoje and Kizylkija, got better and their participation in the social life has gradually risen.

Actions of the volunteer contributed to the raise of the competitiveness of young people on the labor market in Jellalabad, thanks to improving their English. Volunteer carried out English language courses for 100 people on five levels, as well as English for children in day rooms for five times a week.

Within the scope of educational classes for 20 children from local school, volunteer talked about issues of intercultural education, ecology, theatre and organized sport’s tournament for children from the neighborhood. During the project Volunteer took care of 170 children in total.

Classes carried out by the volunteer for children participating in language courses, actions organized by Svet Lubvi Foundation and for children from Invalid Children’s Institute in Jellalabad, strengthened their social, organizational abilities and understanding working in group. No similar classes had been previously carried out within the framework of formal education in local school.

The volunteer’s action’s purpose was to improve the relations between Kyrgyz and Uzbek people through carrying out joined initiatives in all target groups, particularly children and youth from Jellalabad and nearby villages. Peaceful and integrational component of the cooperation relations between Kyrgyz and Uzbek people is one of the most important results of the project, because it has influence on direct relations among people from both groups on the south of the country. A joined work in the groups, participation in joined actions, for example through games and plays, initiatives in the Svet Lubvi organization, has influenced the decreasing of the tension between these groups. Participants of these actions passed their positive experiences to their families and local community.