Finding a good job often requires a command of the English language and computer literacy. Suhaima, who was born in Mazar-i-Sharif in the Balkh province of Afghanistan and now lives in Faizabad with her family, discovered these requirements when finishing university and entering the labour market.
In response, she enrolled in English courses at University of Central Asia (UCA)’s School for Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) and completed the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) certification in 2018.
“With the help of SPCE, I improved my English proficiency, and gained new computer skills. To put my learning into practice, I decided to start a business teaching computer courses in my community. I have now recruited other SPCE graduates, and plan to further expand the business,” said Suhaima. “I would like to express my gratitude to UCA’s SPCE for offering various programmes and courses that are developing the potential of youth and providing new opportunities. I hope more SPCE centres will be opened throughout Afghanistan in the future.”
Takhmina Zhumakova, from Naryn (Kyrgyz Republic) and an undergraduate student at University of Central Asia's School of Arts and Sciences, took another path. She did an internship with UCA’s Education Improvement Programme (EIP) as part of her academic programme during the Summer of 2020.
During the internship, she supported the EIP team in the development of Grade 7-11 teaching materials and academic resources for public schools in the Kyrgyz Republic. She also assisted in creating video training guides in three languages on how to adjust to online learning, and to use Google Classroom.
“Through my work with EIP, I gained valuable experience in managing information, identifying reliable sources, and working remotely with teams. I also helped prepare videos and presentations for students learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Takhmina. “I firmly believe that my contribution at EIP will make positive changes in the lives of students, as well as contribute towards the development of the Kyrgyz Republic’s education system.”
Courses in English, Information Technology and the Cashier/Financial Assistant programme were essential to landing a job for Rohullah Mowahid, a graduate of UCA's SPCE in Faizabad (Afghanistan). Currently working as a Procurement Manager at the Ministry of Higher Education, his courses at SPCE gave him the essential skills he needed after he graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Badakhshan University.
“SPCE’s programmes were invaluable in providing skills that enabled me to get a great job. At least 80% of my success is thanks to SPCE. I improved my English language proficiency, upgraded my computer literacy skills and learnt how to do complex calculations, all of which I am applying in my work,” said Rohullah. “I recommend SPCE to anyone looking for a better job to enhance their career.”