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Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil
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Is Judicial Independence Finally Coming to Kyrgyzstan?

November 16, 2017Shamil Ibragimov, Joshua Russell
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After the Storm: Building a Better Houston

November 3, 2017John Henneberger

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Central Asia at History’s Crossroads

July 14, 2017 | Leonard Benardo

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.

Children with Autism in Kyrgyzstan Gain a Helping Hand

March 31, 2017 | Tynymgul Eshieva

In a country where this vulnerable population is often denied adequate education and medical care, this organization is working to improve attitudes as well as access.

Slowly but Surely, Armenia’s Schools Embrace Students of All Stripes

December 17, 2015 | Elaine Harty

In the year since the passage of a law that provides a basis for inclusive education, hundreds of schools in Armenia have become more welcoming to marginalized students.

In Bishkek, a Community Struggles to Restore Its Vanishing Public Parks

December 1, 2015 | Raushanna Sarkeyeva

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan’s capital has seen a steady decline in the number of neighborhood parks. A new initiative hopes to bring them back to the city.

Advancing Open Society through Curriculum Reform in Kyrgyzstan

November 21, 2014 | Hugh McLean

In the midst of the social and political changes happening in Kyrgyzstan, significant reform is also happening in the education system. A new curriculum framework has been approved that is built on open society values.

First Steps: A Brief History of the Step by Step Program

November 17, 2014 | Sarah Klaus, Liana Ghent

The Step by Step Program has developed over the last 20 years into a strong network working to improve the lives of young children and families.

Bringing School to an Orphanage in Kyrgyzstan Means New Prospects for Children

October 24, 2014 | Azat Israliov

Askar, an 11-year-old boy, is an orphan like many in Kyrgyzstan, living with a musculoskeletal disorder and abandoned by birth parents. But he is gaining something like a community.

Four Photographers Share Their Visions for Change

November 13, 2013 | Anna Overstrom-Coleman

Four photographers have been awarded Audience Engagement Grants to work with young people in New York City and the Lakota Nation, Kyrgyz migrants, and people with disabilities.

A Step Forward for Children with Autism in Tajikistan

June 11, 2013 | Kate Lapham

Parents of children with autism in Tajikistan have little access to information about how to support their children’s development, and they face significant discrimination. The organization IRODA is working to change that.

Education for All in Kyrgyzstan

May 16, 2013 | Valentyn Deichman

What does inclusive education look like in Kyrgyzstan? At Obereg Rehabilitation Center, some students are finding out.

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