Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, accounting for 13% of the world’s population. Mountainous regions are particularly sensitive to the effects of global and climate change, jeopardising many of the critical goods and services they provide – an area that covers 22 percent of the world’s land surface, and provides 60 to 80 percent of the Earth’s fresh water.
The University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic co-organised the fourth World Mountain Forum (WMF 2018), with support from the Government of Switzerland and the Aga Khan Foundation United Kingdom, from October 23-26 2018 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It brought together 300 participants from the global community across complementary sectors and different types of agencies including community members, civil society, academic, and government institutions, to share experiences and best practices, and develop integrated solutions to existing challenges of sustainable development in mountain regions.
New investment opportunities announced for small and medium business in south of Kyrgyzstan
AKIPRESS.COM - Accelerate Prosperity, a new global initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Central and South Asia, has announced a new round of investments for promising small and medium enterprises located in Osh city and in Aravan distrtict (Osh region). The investments have a value between $10,000 and $50,000 per a project and will be accompanied by an eight-week business acceleration program to attract additional investment and speed up growth.
The investments will be awarded through a competitive process. Applicants have until March, 5/2019 to submit their proposal. The investment committee will however evaluate and analyze the business projects, without waiting for the completion of the deadline for receiving applications.
The main criteria for investments selection are that the applicants have at least one year of business experience, a confirmed annual income of an at least of 100,000 soms, a demonstrable growth potential, and be active in one of the following sector: textiles, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, information technology, and education. Priority will be given to enterprises where customers, suppliers, and/or employees are (or will be) youth under the age of 29 years old. Priority will also be given to women-led enterprises.
Accelerate Prosperity in Kyrgyzstan is co-financed by USAID under the Demilgeluu Jashtar project. This five year, $5 million project is designed to develop entrepreneurship among youth.
Elementary school students present self-written book in Bishkek
AKIPRESS.COM - Baitik elementary school kids today presented a book they wrote, which will be available for use in the National Library for Children and Youth in Bishkek. Teachers, parents, representatives of the library and the Ministry of Education and Science participated in the event.
The book titled "Baitik Kids" is a collection of stories and short poems that were gathered among kids who live in Baitik village of Chui oblast. The poems and stories are about friendship, motherland, tolerance, nature and animals. The publication and professional illustrations were made possible by the Aga Khan Foundation Kyrgyz Republic and were funded by the Aga Khan Academy within the framework of the Family Reading Programme.
“We are delighted to promote our flagship Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme through the implementation of such initiatives. I can not stress this enough, but when kids get to see the pieces they have written themselves published – poems, essays and short stories – they become eager to achieve even bigger results, and they read even more,” Burulai Aitikulova, Senior Education Advisor with the Aga Khan Foundation, said. She noted that by the time the programme finished their book contest among Baitik children aged seven to ten years, they had collected 20 of their best works written in different genres.
The Aga Khan Foundation has published more than 55 Kyrgyz language children's illustrated books since 2006, which are used by more than 2,200 schools in the country.
For over 15 years the Aga Khan Development Network has supported the establishment of institutions and programmes to improve the quality of life of peoples in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The University of Central Asia (UCA) is world class centre for knowledge and learning, connecting isolated rural communities with the global community and building the human capital needed for modern economies and stable governance. UCA brings with it the broader commitment and partnership of the AKDN.
Medina Makenova: Reading for children in Kyrgyzstan
In 2013, we produced this short video about the Reading for Children Programme in Kyrgyzstan, whose aim is to help pre-school age children grow into more confident and accomplished learners. Recently we caught up with Medina Makenova and her family from Achakaiyndy Village, Naryn Oblast (the least accessible part of Kyrgyzstan separated from the rest of the country by high mountain ranges), whose story was featured in this video. A young kindergartener then, Medina is now a high-achieving 12-year old student whose favorite activities include reading to her baby brother, Nurdan; running the “book hospital” at school that ensures that classmates repair and treat their books with respect; studying foreign languages; and thinking of becoming a doctor one day in order to provide care for others. When asked about his daughter’s evolution these last six years, Medina’s father made a clear connection between the early reading programme and her learning achievements to date. He added: “There are benefits of parents reading to their children beyond the child's performance, too. It's one of the most pleasurable activities that you do with your child – there's physical closeness... and it's probably the most unhurried time that children have with their parents and it is focused on them.”
Below are the interviews with Medina and her father to see how things have progressed over the last six years.
When AKF learned that many rural Kyrgyz children were missing out on kindergarten during the annual migration to the high pastures, for four to five months a year, it started a programme to bring early childhood education to the mountains.
Promising areas of interaction between Kyrgyzstan and the Aga Khan Development Network were discussed.
oday, on July 2, 2019, in Bishkek, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Chingiz Aidarbekov, met with the Head of the Aga Khan Development Network Office in the Kyrgyz Republic (AKDN) Shamshma Kassim-Lakha.
The parties discussed issues of cooperation and promising areas of cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the AKDN, in particular in the socio-economic sphere, in the fields of education, health care, and the development of small and medium-sized businesses.
It is noted that the ongoing programs of the AKDN in the Kyrgyz Republic, aimed at supporting the development of mountain regions, promote the implementation of the Decree of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic S. Zheenbekov on announcing 2019 the Year of Regional Development and Digitalization.
Minister C. Aidarbekov expressed the hope that AKDN projects and programs will further contribute to the sustainable development of the Kyrgyz Republic.
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