Local community in southern Kyrgyzstan discusses the situation of quality preschool education
JALALABAT, Kyrgyzstan, 8 February 2013 - A round table is held to discuss challenges and prospects of introducing alternative forms of preschool education and creating conditions for an improved quality of education in educational institutions of Bazarkorgon, Nooken and Suzak Districts of Jalalabat Province. It is organized by Sinton PF with financial support of UNICEF for 65 participants representing province and district administrations, local self-governments, departments of education, educational institutions and local communities.
In 2012, six community kindergartens opened in six pilot village municipalities of Bazar-Korgon, Nooken and Suzak Districts of Jalalabat Province, which provide preschool education to 617 children (330 boys and 287 girls). Of these children, 71% are from socially vulnerable families (low income families, orphans, half-orphans, children of labor migrants). Community kindergartens enable arrangement of several shifts for children to stay in preschool institutions. One group comes for several hours in the morning while another group comes in the afternoon. Thus, a significant number of children are provided with quality preschool education at minimum cost even in small facilities.
These community kindergartens were opened at the initiative of local self-governments. They received approximately 3.4 million Som of support from UNICEF in the form of furniture, books, toys, equipment, items of hygiene and safety and constructed toilets. 36 care givers working in these kindergartens participated in training workshops on early childhood development methodology.
Participants of the Round Table will also have open discussions of issues of further joint activities in 2013 and formation of productive partnership relationship between all stakeholders. To promote wider access to quality preschool and school education and improve education environment, in 2013, six new community kindergartens are planned to open in pilot village municipalities, 16 educational institutions of Bazarkorgon and Suzak Districts will undergo refurbishment, and training workshops will be conducted on early childhood development methodology, creation of safe educational environment and formation of social partnership.
This event is part of UNICEF’s Equity Programme funded by UK Department for International Development, and Improvement of Education Environment for Children in Education Institutions of Kyrgyzstan Programme funded the Government of Japan.