Workshops, travel, and research in Kyrgyzstan

Since the fall, 1997, I have been working with a team of educators and educational researchers from the United States and the Republic of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia to develop educational reforms from primary through post graduate education. These reforms include developing strategies for creating classroom environments and instructional strategies to foster critical thinking and active learning. The reforms have been adopted by the Ministry of Education and in university curricula in the American University in Central Asia in Bishkek and Osh State University, Osh, Kyrgyzstan. In addition, I have conducted workshops on evaluation and research during the summer of 2005.

During my most recent travel to Kyrgyzstan, I worked with Saule Khamzina, a research consultant to conduct an evaluation of a Community Managed Educational program in Naryn Oblast--a term that means the same thing as a state in the USA during the fall, 2007. This project is sponsored by UNICEF, aimed at supporting increased school attendance and improving the quality of learning among children in this mountainous region of Kyrgyzstan.


Map of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan

Koitosh--A gorge in the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Sam Mathews with a Village Education Group in a remote Kyrgyzstan region during the evaluation of the Community Managed Education Project for UNICEF. Saule Khamzina is second from the right in the front row. Two student members of the group are on either side of Mathews.
Students outside a school in Naryn Oblast near the Tein Shan Mountains on the Kyrgyzstan-China border. The youngster on the horse attends a morning session of the school. The school these youngsters attend is a participant in the Community Managed Education Project that we evaluated for UNICEF.


Sam Mathews with interpreter delivering a workshop on critical thinking

in Almaty, Kazakstan--just north of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan