New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation

New Zealand Embassy’s Head of Mission Fund Supports Inclusive Education in the Kyrgyz Republic

Children with special needs at the Inclusive Education Resource Centre in Bishkek

 In 2013, to improve the futures of Kyrgyz children with special needs, the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia established an Inclusive Education Resource Centre in Bishkek to prepare children between the ages of 6-8 with special needs for entering into mainstream schooling. 

With support from the New Zealand Embassy in Moscow through its Head of Mission Fund (HOMF) small grants scheme, the Centre is now able to offer a much-needed transition from separate schooling, or no preschool education at all, to inclusive education. It allows over 30 children with special needs to socialise with other children and learn in an environment suited to their individual needs. Currently, 36 children attend the preschool preparatory programme at the Centre, including 21 children with special needs and 15 children from low-income families.  In January 2014, the Centre will recruit and prepare another group of 36 children.

Since the project began in July 2013, the Centre has also provided specialist training for eight teachers and staff members in a number of areas relevant for preparing children with special needs for mainstream schooling.  From December 2013 onwards, the Centre will have a new playground, new books, musical instruments, a computer and new software.

 

For more information about the New Zealand Embassy’s Head of Mission Fund (small grants scheme), email: nzembmoscow@mft.net.nz

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