Forward to dream
Forward to dream
“I decided to take part in the Skills4Girls program because to learn how to draw on a computer, which is useful for my studies. This is very important to me”, says 11-year-old Durdona. “I also made a lot of friends during the training”.
Durdona and other girls from the cities of Karshi, Termez, Nukus and Tashkent became participants of the free complex programme Skills4Girls, that UNICEF jointly conducted with IT PARK to increase leadership skills and empower girls in STEM, including girls with disabilities. Participants learned digital literacy and graphic design. Also, they discussed topics of gender equality and inclusion of people with disabilities. Participant shared personal experiences and learned how gender stereotypes adversely affect girls' choices in life.
Speaking about herself, Durdona noted that the program helped to master not only the skills of graphic design. “I really like drawing. By this exercise I can express my emotions and feelings, and share them with the world.”
Durdona really wants to study in a regular school, but so far there are no opportunities for this. “Now I am in 5-th grade. I had to get education at home. Teachers come several times a week. I really want to go to school but I am not accepted because of disability and there is no access at school that I need”.
Durdona's family plays an important role in her education, especially her mother. “Most of all in my life I am proud of my mother. She is very patient and always tries to cheer me up. My mom does everything to make my dreams come true. My biggest dream is to become the best doctor, and I have the example of my doctor.”
Durdona was also supported by her sister in choosing the Skills4Girls program. “She always tells me that I am good at drawing, encourages and motivates me to keep doing what I love. She also really wants me to play chess professionally. This works well for me too. The only problem on the way to becoming a chess champion is that we can't find a professional coach to take me to the competition. I'm ready to win!"
Durdona encourages girls to follow her and not stop on the way to their dreams. “To all girls like me, and indeed to all girls, I advise going on like me. I don’t stay at home, I always find new hobbies, develop my skills and always try to achieve new goals!”