Kyrgyzstan: “Shift” model for preschool education helps address issues of access
UNICEF is advocating that the country makes a gradual transition to a “shift” model for preschool institutions to help improve access to services. This model is much cheaper, as children do not sleep in kindergartens and attend for only a few hours instead of the usual nine, significantly simplifying necessary maintenance.
This shift is extremely important in a country where only 12 percent of children have the chance to attend pre-school and in Batken Province, the pilot region for UNICEF’s early childhood development programme, that figure until recently has stood at two percent.
International studies show that children who attend preschool institutions for the whole day and children who attend such institutions for a few hours per day develop at the same speed. That is, the significance is not the intensiveness, but the duration and quality of preschool.
(source: UNICEF Early Childhood Development Newsletter, April-May 2009)