"Viewing Diversity Through the Lens of Tolerance" conference participants, Hissar fortress, April 2004.Undergraduate students studying the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) course in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are involved in a variety of outside activities. Such activities are a way to extend what students have learned in the classroom and apply AKHP principles to the development of their communities and societies.
From 2001 to 2003, AKHP organised small-grant funded projects for AKHP students. Student projects are closely related to the ideas and problems of civil society development. Projects enable students to develop their organisational, leadership and professional skills. Projects in the 2002-3003 academic year included:
More than 35 AKHP students have also undergone cinematography training with professionals at Kinoservice Ltd, an NGO that started as Dom Kino, a part of AKHP. Student film productions have received international recognition and awards. These works include:
AKHP assists students in finding internships that help them put the concepts of civil society they have been studying to practical use towards the development of their countries. Internships introduce organisations to these gifted students while simultaneously introducing the students to potential careers.
AKHP students have participated in the following internships:
AKHP students also actively participate in and organise regional and international conferences and forums. In the 2002-2004 academic years, AKHP student delegates attended the following conferences:
'Viewing Diversity Through the Lens of Tolerance', an AKHP-organised conference that brought students from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan together to reflect on the role of different perceptions of diversity in peaceful coexistences. Students submitted papers in English or Russian and works of art and will present these during the conference
'Elites and Elitism: Myth or Reality', Osh, Kyrgyzstan (organized by CEP)
Central Asian Model UN Conference, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (organised by AKHP alumni and other students)
Fourth Annual Debate Forum, Issyk-kul Kyrgyzstan (organised by CEP)
‘From Theory to Practice’, the first AKHP partner university-wide student conference, bringing together students from nine partner universities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The conference was designed to help students apply the knowledge they gain from the AKHP course to their local communities and societies
Summer debate school, Hodja Obi Garm, Tajikistan (organised by OSI)
Annual Regional Debate Forum, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (organised by CEP)
Recreating the World, Heritages and Perspectives, Almaty, Kazakhstan (organised by CEP)
International Crisis Game, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (organised by the American University of Central Asia and CEP)
3D Debate Forum: Debate from Dubrovnik to Dushanbe, Istanbul, Turkey (organised by CEP)
AKHP alumni have formed AKHP Alumni Clubs in some partner universities. Kulob (Tajikistan) AKHP alumni have also organized an English Language speaking club that enable their university colleagues and teachers to practice their English. In Osh (Kyrgyzstan), AKHP alumni are continuing to provide a series of conflict resolution training sessions for secondary school students. Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) AKHP alumni and students organised a series of lectures on different cultures conducted by a diverse group of international students studying at the Institute of Eastern Languages and Culture at Kyrgyz State Pedagogical University.
Many AKHP alumni are currently pursuing advanced study abroad, while others are employed at different international organizations. Since 2003, AKHP alumni movement is being coordinated by AKHP Communications Office, who provide training, consultation and space for students and alumni to share their ideas.
Jyldyz Doolbekova, University Project Officer
Aga Khan Humanities Project
75 Tolstoy Street
Tel.: (992 372) 245297/245823
Fax: (992 372) 51 01 28
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