July 4, 2003 - Personal Web Page: Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic focuses on high priority needs

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Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic focuses on high priority needs

Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic focuses on high priority needs

Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic focuses on high priority needs

Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic focuses on high priority needs as identified by host government representatives, and places qualified Americans for two years in Kyrgyz institutions to help meet those needs.

In the Kyrgyz Republic these areas are:

English Education


Sustainable Economic Development.

Sensitive to Kyrgyz culture(s), Volunteers and staff work in close cooperation with their local counterparts in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas, skills, and experience between the two parties which in turn enhances both the personal and professional development of all involved. By working and living with counterparts, Volunteers and the citizens of Kyrgyz Republic are able to develop friendships, which last longer than the Volunteers' two years of service. Dedicated to energetic and caring service, the U.S. Peace Corps is committed to opening channels of communication that encourage mutual understanding between Kyrgyz and American citizens.

The Government and Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic have recognized the importance of the English Language in the newly independent country. This demand has been increasing from year to year as the Republic has integrated into the international community. Therefore, the government has been seeking assistance in improving the English competency level among secondary and university age students, and helping Kyrgyzstani teachers improve their level of English and training by focusing on the sharing of current techniques in teaching foreign languages. Peace Corps and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic cooperatively developed a plan to meet this goal, Peace Corps Kyrgyz Republic introduced the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Program in 1993. This program is considered to be one of the prime initiatives in the push for widespread higher proficiency in English competency and teacher training.

TEFL Volunteers working on English Language Education project focus on:

* Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at the secondary, institute and university level;

* Working with educators to develop language instruction resources;

* Conducting training workshops in TEFL methodology for teachers at all levels.

TEFL program purpose:

Improving the level of English language competency on the part of the students and English teachers throughout the nation through the introduction of current foreign language teaching techniques and the establishment of systems for the exchange of pedagogical and cultural information.

TEFL program goals:

* To provide quality learning opportunities to students at secondary and higher education institutions

* To foster teacher-to-teacher linkages in order to promote skills

* To improve the quality of curricular materials

* To strengthen linkages between schools and communities

The Sustainable Economic Development (SED) Program was initiated at the Kyrgyz Republic Post in the 1996. Peace Corps Volunteers working on the SED Program are expected to promote sustainable development and poverty alleviation through the strengthening of indigenous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and state owned entities. SED Volunteers work with these local NGOs and different associations as advisers and work in tandem with local counterparts to transfer the skills necessary to ensure sustainable growth of these organizations.

SED Program Purpose:

Increasing economic opportunities for people in the Kyrgyz Republic through business education and by strengthening organizations.

SED Volunteers working in the Sustainable Economic Development (SED) Program focus on:

* Working with young people and adults who will acquire the knowledge and skills to pursue their economic choices.

* Working with organizational leaders and managers, business teachers, and community leaders who will acquire the management and technical skills that enable them to serve their constituency, customers, and students more effectively.

* Working with business education institutions, NGOs, and government-sponsored groups which will increase organizational and business capacities to achieve their goals and mission.

* Working with communities to promote economic development that will provide the goods, services, and opportunities local people need and want.

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