DUSHANBE, April 3, 2013, Asia-Plus - A color and illustrated map of the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) in English has been printed. The map is an essential tool to promote development of ecotourism in this high mountain area.
The map has been compiled and printed by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) in cooperation with the State Unitary Enterprise (SUE) Cartographic Factory under the State Committee for Land Management and Geodesy of Tajikistan, AKF Afghanistan, the Pamirs Eco-Cultural Tourism Association (PECTA), the FOCUS Program and the Khoushkor Design Company.
According to MSDSP, this map entitled “The Map of the Pamirs: Tajikistan GBAO and Border Areas” is intended for the use of tourists visiting Tajikistan, in particular Gorno-Badakhshan.
The map reportedly contains geographical and historical background information about Gorno-Badakhshan and border areas of Afghan Badakhshan.
The Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people of the mountainous areas of Tajikistan. The Programme was initiated by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in 2003 with the goal to improve living conditions in select mountain communities in the country. To achieve its goal, MSDSP operates a multi-sector program which engages in natural resource management, early childhood development (ECD) and community health.
Sixth bridge linking Tajikistan and Afghanistan due in May
The Ministry of Transport on Friday announced about completion of construction of the bridge across the Pyanzh river, which will link the country with Afghanistan.
The bridge will connect Nihol village, Shurobod district (250 km to the south-east of Dushanbe) and Hohon village in Afghanistan.
The length of the bridge is 182 meters. Bridge construction cost $3.57 million. It carrying capacity will be 30 tons.
Construction of the bridge started in late October 2011. The project was implemented by Aga Khan Foundation with financial support of the German Government.
The bridge will be launched into use since May.
Five bridges link Tajikistan and Afghanistan, four of which are in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region that were built with support of the Aga Khan Foundation. The biggest bridge which links Nizhny Pyanzh and Sherhan Bandar was built with U.S. assistance.
Tajikistan: Providing Reliable Electricity in the Pamir Mountains
International Development Association (IDA) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) helped to establish a vivid example of how a public-private partnership can effectively work to provide affordable, reliable, and clean energy in a challenging environment. Electricity supply in the poorest region of Tajikistan has increased from three hours to 22–24 hours per day during the winter. An estimated 220,000 people, including more than half of which are women, have benefitted from improved electricity services. As a result of the project, schools, hospitals, and businesses can now stay open during the cold winter months.
Slideshow: Beaming Light on Tajikistan's Roof of the World
over 70% of consumers in GBAO receive electricity 24 hours a day in winter
of electricity bills were collected by Pamir Energy in 2010
Pamir Private Power Project (2002-2010)
World Bank Group Project Website
IFC Project Website
The World Bank in Tajikistan
Country Program Snapshot
RESULTS: Beaming Light on Tajikistan's Roof of the World
Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) was the poorest and most isolated region in Tajikistan. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and a five-year civil war, the power infrastructure in the region was in dismal shape; 60 percent of inhabitants had no energy during the winter and 15 percent had no energy at all. Frequent power outages were common for everyone. Together with GBAO’s mountainous and remote conditions, the population’s low-income levels and political instability created a harsh environment unlikely to attract private investments. Due to the unreliable electricity supply, schools, hospitals, and businesses were frequently forced to close, especially during the winter, thus undermining economic and human development in GBAO. Many of the residents in the region resorted to wood fuel for their heating and cooking needs, resulting in an increase in respiratory disorders and the loss of 70 percent of the area’s tree cover between 1992 and 2002.
The project was designed as a public-private partnership between the Government of Tajikistan, the World Bank Group, and the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). In order to reconcile the commercial objectives of private investors with the social objectives of the Government, the project was a combination of elements: a 25-year concession agreement with the Government of Tajikistan provided the basis for establishing Pamir Energy Company, a joint stock company owned by AKFED (70%) and the IFC (30%). In accordance with this agreement, the company manages most Government-owned electricity assets in GBAO. The project supported the rehabilitation of the hydropower infrastructure and transmission lines to increase electricity supply capacity. The affordability of electricity for the poorest households was ensured by a lifeline subsidy scheme funded primarily by a grant from the Government of Switzerland. As this subsidy was provided upon delivery of electricity services, the project also integrated the concept of output-based aid.
The Pamir Private Project has helped to enhance development and improve welfare in GBAO by providing reliable, affordable, and clean electricity.
Tajik Ministry of education approves Early Childhood Education Curriculum
DUSHANBE, June 7, 2013, Asia-Plus -- The Collegium of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan, which was held on May 28, 2013, approved the Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum for alternative preschool education models, press release issued by UNICEF Country Office in Tajikistan on June 6 says.
The ECE curriculum was developed by Academy of Education in collaboration with UNICEF and Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan.
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Curriculum is based on the “Early Learning Development Standards” (ELDS) developed by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. It also draws on the work of several early childhood theories, but heavily on the work of the High Scope Educational Research Foundation in the United States. This approach has proven to be adaptable to various settings and responsive to different cultures while still retaining the elements of a quality early childhood curriculum.
The ECE curriculum takes the format of stating learning outcomes and providing practical guidelines on learning experiences that teachers can utilize in their teaching practice. It promotes holistic development of children and allows space for more child initiated activities. The new ECE curriculum will be offered to children age 4-7 in alternative early learning groups for a homogeneous approach to early childhood development.
The Ministry of Education, with support from UNICEF, Aga Khan Foundation, and other partners will develop teacher training packages that will support the roll-out of the new ECE curriculum. It is expected that these packages be approved and adopted by the end of 2013.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF is working in Tajikistan since 1993.
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