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Promoting a sense of identity and pluralism through children’s books in Kyrgyzstan

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Reading for Children (RfC), an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation’s Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (AKF/MSDSP) in Kyrgyzstan, provides parents and other family members with access to quality storybooks rooted in the Kyrgyz language and culture. Since inception in 2007, AKF/MSDSP has trained 8,800 parents and caregivers on reading techniques, published 32 original books, and established 46 mini-libraries. The libraries are now used by over 18,000 parents and children. The primary aim of this initiative was for children (aged 0 to 12) and their family members to develop their literacy skills and foster enthusiasm for reading all the while reinforcing the values and history of their local culture.

Recent conflicts in the Kyrgyz Republic point to a need to develop storybooks which specifically address the prevalence of ethnic conflicts, particularly in the South where AKF/MSDSP programmes are active. This presentation outlines AKF/MSDSPs collaboration with the Polycultural Education Department under the Ministry of Education and Assembly of Kyrgyzstan People to select and train writers from multiple ethnic backgrounds to develop a series of books which promote pluralism as a lived ethic. These books will feature children from the various ethnic communities within Kyrgyzstan and illustrate how children play and grow together and successfully solve problems and disagreements in their daily lives. The presentation will describe the process for book development and plans for distribution through the AKF/MSDSP Reading for Children project and beyond. Polycultural education is considered a key aspect in strengthening positive relations to explore other traditions and customs.
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Aitikulova, Burulai. "Promoting a sense of identity and pluralism through children’s books in Kyrgyzstan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492594_index.html>

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Aitikulova, B. J. "Promoting a sense of identity and pluralism through children’s books in Kyrgyzstan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p492594_index.html

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Abstract: Reading for Children (RfC), an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation’s Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (AKF/MSDSP) in Kyrgyzstan, provides parents and other family members with access to quality storybooks rooted in the Kyrgyz language and culture. Since inception in 2007, AKF/MSDSP has trained 8,800 parents and caregivers on reading techniques, published 32 original books, and established 46 mini-libraries. The libraries are now used by over 18,000 parents and children. The primary aim of this initiative was for children (aged 0 to 12) and their family members to develop their literacy skills and foster enthusiasm for reading all the while reinforcing the values and history of their local culture.

Recent conflicts in the Kyrgyz Republic point to a need to develop storybooks which specifically address the prevalence of ethnic conflicts, particularly in the South where AKF/MSDSP programmes are active. This presentation outlines AKF/MSDSPs collaboration with the Polycultural Education Department under the Ministry of Education and Assembly of Kyrgyzstan People to select and train writers from multiple ethnic backgrounds to develop a series of books which promote pluralism as a lived ethic. These books will feature children from the various ethnic communities within Kyrgyzstan and illustrate how children play and grow together and successfully solve problems and disagreements in their daily lives. The presentation will describe the process for book development and plans for distribution through the AKF/MSDSP Reading for Children project and beyond. Polycultural education is considered a key aspect in strengthening positive relations to explore other traditions and customs.


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