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UCA and AKF Collaborate on Academic Achievement Programme

Launched in 2012, the Academic Achievement Programme (AAP) offered at the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) has so far benefitted over 1,600 learners from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. To extend its reach, UCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan on 15 October 2021, to provide AAP in schools in the rural districts of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO).

AAP was introduced with a holistic approach of preparing secondary and high school students to enable them to apply to undergraduate colleges and universities. The programme is offered over a five-year period, where students study English, Information Technology, Mathematics and Science.

“With qualified teachers, quality education and a state-of-the-art learning centre, I am graduating from SPCE with an intellectually curious mind. My years pursuing AAP has not only provided me with academic education, but also equipped me with interpersonal skills that will be an asset throughout my life,” said Davlatsilton, Alumna, SPCE Tajikistan.

An ideal AAP student enrolls in the programme during 7th grade and develops skills and competencies to secure admission in international universities. Students are also trained to succeed in regional and international competitions and examinations, such as, Olympiads, IELTs, etc. Results from an alumni survey conducted in Tajikistan during 2019 showed that 91% of the graduate’s got admission in reputable universities.

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Students in Bokhtar, Tajikistan, attending an English class as part of AAP.

Several AAP graduates have also chosen to continue their undergraduate studies at the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Central Asia. Nilufar Sarbalandova from Tajikistan received her offer letter to pursue a BA in Communications and Media at UCA after successfully completing AAP in 2020. “My studies at SPCE left a huge impact on both my personal and professional growth. I decided to choose UCA, and I am certain that this decision will help fulfill my aspirations in life,” she said.

Recognising the importance and impact of improving the quality of education in mountain communities, AKF and UCA will kickstart the project by initially delivering AAP to 11 schools in GBAO. Both parties will also provide professional development training to teachers to help them improve their skills, and in turn boost student outcomes.

“The provision of AAP in rural districts will offer an opportunity to talented kids from remote mountainous areas to learn languages, technology, math and science disciplines. These acquired skills will help them to compete with other teenagers of their age, and gain admissions in universities,” said Dilovar Butabekov, Director of SPCE.