Kick-starting education innovations in the Kyrgyz Republic

Teachers from preschools, primary and secondary schools participated in human-centred design workshops, led by the Schools2030 team

14 September 2021
By Sarah James

At the beginning of September, 340 teachers from a variety of educational institutions in Bishkek, Osh, Chui, and Naryn participated in human-centred design (HCD) training as part of the Schools2030 programme.

The HCD bootcamps were held in 100 pilot preschools and schools. During the seminars, teachers became acquainted with the free HCD Toolkit developed by Schools2030, which will help them to collaborate with school communities to identify low-cost, replicable and scalable solutions, to improve the holistic learning outcomes of students.

This work is underpinned by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s broad aims for its education portfolio, which seeks to help children and young people acquire the knowledge, skills, worldview, and values that will allow them to make meaningful contributions to their societies.

Teachers from 100 education institutes in the Kyrgyz Republic were guided through the HCD Toolkit by AKF staff

“The goal of Schools2030 is to improve the quality of education and academic performance of each child, considering their needs and interests. Teacher training is one of the stages to achieve the project goals. During the training, teachers got a chance to practice a variety of data analysis tools, identify problems, generate ideas and possible solutions. In just two days, groups of teachers identified very specific problems and generated surprisingly simple, but at the same time, important ideas on how a school or kindergarten can be made interesting for students,” Nazira Zholdosheva, Schools2030 programme coordinator and AKF’s Education Lead for the Krygyz Republic, shared.

“In just two days, groups of teachers identified very specific problems and generated surprisingly simple, but at the same time, important ideas on how a school or kindergarten can be made interesting for students”

Nazira Zholdosheva, Schools2030 National Coordinator, Kyrgyz Republic
Drawing out some of the ideas developed during the workshops helps to prototype potential innovations

Within the Kyrgyz Republic, Schools2030 is being jointly implemented by the AKF and the Ministry of Education and Science. Working in 30 preschool and 70 general education institutes in the Osh, Naryn, and Chui regions, as well as in Bishkek, the programme aligns to the national development strategy of Kyrgyzstan – which notes that the education system should be aimed at nourishing the abilities of each student – by improving the quality of and access to preschool and school education programmes.

Schools2030 is a ten-year participatory learning improvement programme based in 1,000 government schools across ten countries. Schools2030 supports teachers and students to design and implement education micro-innovations. These low-cost and scaleable innovations will inform and transform education systems to improve holistic learning outcomes for the most marginalised learners worldwide. Join the movement on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.