Winds of change: Supporting History Education Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic

About the project

EUROCLIO, the Global Centre of Pluralism are working together to help the Ministry of Education to make the teaching and learning of history and other social science subjects better suited to the diverse population of the Kyrgyz Republic. The project works with representatives of educational authorities, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook authors, historians, teachers and methodologists on  student-centred approaches and methods that contribute to a more pluralistic and democratic society.

Project aims

  • Introduce and enable teachers to implement active learning methods for culture and history education to develop critical thinking skills and learn more about the diverse people and cultures of the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Create ready-to-use educational resources that are applicable in the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Share and learn from practices by international experts working on teaching and learning of history and other social science subjects abroad.
  • Build a network of education professionals involved in promoting and implementing history education in Central Asia.
  • Train a core group of education professionals capable of implementing the introduced methods and training peers, thus essentially multiplying project results.

Results so far

  • Generated interest by with teacher training institutes, the Academy of Science, the Aka Khan Foundation, the American University of Central Asia, and the Georg Eckert Institute.
  • The training of more than 150 education professionals during professional development workshops by (mostly) international specialists in various aspects of teaching and learning history and culture subjects. Each training was designed in response to the requests and demands that were identified during the previous events.
  • A good understanding of the needs of teacher in history and other social science subjects and of the sensitivities.
  • The establishment of a community of education professionals who are interested and committed to the idea of innovative and responsible history education and motivated to promote this in the Kyrgyz Republic.

People involved

  • Larisa Marchenko, Representative of the Ministry of Education
  • Nina Bagdasarova (AUCA), project advisor
  • Burulai Aitikulova (AKF), project advisor
  • Katie O’Brian (Global Centre for Pluralism), project partner
  • Steven Stegers, project manager.
  • Gurano Ataeva, project coordinator.
  • Iryna Kostyuk, EUROCLIO trainer
  • Julia Kushnereva, EUROCLIO trainer

History and memory masterclass (Public report)

First project report

Second project report