Breaking Down Barriers to Education

by Central Asia Institute
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Breaking Down Barriers to Education
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Breaking Down Barriers to Education
Breaking Down Barriers to Education

Project Report | Jun 29, 2021
Hope comes to Barushan

By Rebecca Lee | Writer

The villagers in the mountain community of Barushan in remote Tajikistan are abuzz. Old and young alike can’t stop talking about the construction of the new Preschool #2, now underway.

Yusuf Sarkorov of Barushan

Yusuf Sarkorov

“This is the best thing that happened here in Barushan this year!” exclaims Yusuf. His son attended the former preschool which was dilapidated, drafty, and horrifically unsafe.

“To all those who helped us and made a decision on this construction, huge gratitude from the residents of Barushan!”

Yusuf’s enthusiasm is shared by other parents, children, and teachers alike.

“The whole village is very, very happy,” says Nuriya Tavakalova, the head of the school. “Every day, passing by the construction site, people observe the construction process and are very happy that the work is progressing at such a speed.”

A new school is a big deal in a remote, impoverished village, where families can feel cut off, isolated, and forgotten by the rest of the world. Education represents the chance for a better life. A new school instills a sense of pride and ownership in the community. Their enthusiasm and sense of pride are contagious – we feel it and hope you, as a supporter, can feel it too!

Lasting impact for generations to come

The old school provided places for 112 children ages 3 to 6. The new two-story building will be large enough to accommodate the children on the waiting list, bringing the total to 130 children—an increase of at least 15 percent!

We’re projecting that enrollment will continue to grow as the area grows in population. The new school will also serve the young children from a nearby village.

But of equal importance is what the new school will mean for the community over the span of several years. By giving young children the advantages of an early start on education, the preschool will contribute to the long-term well-being of the entire village.

Future generations will receive a foundation for learning. Children who attend early childhood development activities like those that will be offered at Preschool #2 are likely not only to perform better in primary school and but also complete high school. And because children are more likely to stay in school when they start at a young age, the odds of them one day earning a living wage and contributing to their country’s economy also improve.

Rustam, an education specialist, and local resident echoes the cries of joy from her community. “We residents of Barushan village express our gratitude to CAI for such a gift to our children and our future as a whole!”

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Central Asia Institute

Location: Bozeman, MT - USA
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Twitter: @Peacethroughed
Project Leader:
Janell Arneson
Bozeman , MT United States

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