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Kyrgyzstan|life|March 27, 2024 / 01:50 PM
Life in rural Kyrgyzstan: Batken woman offers language courses in her house to teach children from border areas

AKIPRESS.COM - Kanykey Islamidinova lives in the village of Kara-Tokoy, Batken region, near the border with Uzbekistan.

At present, her husband is working as a labor migrant in Russia. She herself works as a kindergarten teacher in a rural daycare center. By education, she is a teacher of Russian language. However, the low salary forced her to seek additional sources of income: she engaged in various activities such as farming, animal husbandry, drying apricots for sale, and more.

"Nowadays, it's the era of digitization. There are many people willing to learn, and likewise, there is a demand for teachers. I started receiving offers from parents to teach their children Russian language. In reality, I am proficient in this language. I studied in St. Petersburg, Russia, in my time. Eventually, upon the parents' and neighbors' suggestions, I opened Russian language courses. Apart from the children of Kara-Tokoy village, children from the neighboring settlement of Shiresh also attend my courses. They come by public transport," Kanykey shared.

By now, she has three groups. She teaches three times a week for one hour each session.

"I divided the children according to age. There are cases where 2-3 children from the same family attend the courses. In such cases, I offer a discount. Currently, I have 20 children studying. In villages, children cannot attend various courses like in big cities. After school, children in the village usually take care of domestic animals and help their parents with household chores," Islamidinova shared.

She added that she equipped one room in her house as a classroom with laptop, projector, and whiteboard.

"I work as a kindergarten teacher. Of course, the salary is small, so the courses bring me additional income, which is very much needed. I started conducting courses in March 2023. My husband is a labor migrant in Russia. I was also a labor migrant before. Now, I live with my three children in our ancestral home," Kanykey Islamidinova shared.

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