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Project implementation time: 2016 July 25 - 30 November 2016

Locations of project implementation are Osh, Republic of Kyrgyzstan and Khujand, Republic of Tajikistan.

Project partners:

  • Public Fund «DIA» (Демилгелуу, ишкер аялдар), Republic of Kyrgyzstan
  • Public organization «Workshop Initiative Development» (Маркази Имконият баxри Рушд), Republic of Tajikistan.

The project is financed by: LR Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The project aims to expand economic opportunities for women and girls by providing access to education and preventing early marriage.

Project activities:

  • Seminar "How to ensure that girls do not leave school?" and local community representative training in Osh, Republic of Kyrgyzstan.
  • Seminar "How to ensure that girls do not leave school?" and local community representative training in Khujand, Republic of Tajikistan.
  • Compilation of the seminar results and the distribution of guides to educational authorities and schools in the Osh (Kyrgyzstan) and Sogdi (Tajikistan) areas.

Expected results:
20 trained educators, parents, MPs and representatives of NGOs in Kyrgyzstan and 20 educators, parents, MPs and representatives of NGOs in Tajikistan. Guides for educational administrations and schools, parents and local communities in Kyrgyz and Tajik languages. An established coalition in Kyrgyzstan's Osh region and Tajikistan's Sogda area with educational establishments, people, MPs, NGOs, parents who are willing to work towards preventing girls from leaving school. Developed ideas for further campaigns after the project, to prevent girls from leaving school.

The expected impact of the project: During the project prerequisites for project sustainability and impact on the target audience, girls exposed to the risk of early marriage, will be created. Seminar trained participants from educational institutions, parents, NGOs, local communities, politicians will be more capable of operating in their environment in order to promote girls' access to education, thus pushing them into the labor market rather than exposing them to violence and poverty. The created guides will act as a tool for further dissemination of the message in local communities. Ideas for the campaign "In order for girls not to leave school" can be achieved by attracting other resources after the project is over The created coalitions will act as a "watchdogs" in strengthening girls' access to the education system. Articles about the project will contribute to the visibility of the project and the project's ideas transfer to other regions where early marriage is a problem.