According to the head of Dushanbe Municipal Government Department of Education, Mr. Shamsullo Islomov, the increasing number of school children, lack of money and the small number of available places in schools can endanger the future of Tajikistan. For example, the maximum number that capital schools should take is 1100 pupils, but in reality they house 2700 pupils. There are two boarding schools for physically disabled children and two orphanages. World With No Borders is therefore aiming to improve this situation by providing new schools in Tajikistan.
The school infrastructure in Dushanbe is basic and in dire need of improvement. Some schools have neither doors, nor windows, and their walls are not even plastered. Other schools do not have central heating, while most of them are overcrowded. Some schools are very old, dating back to the days of the Soviet Union and are in desperate need of renovation.
Mr. Islomov explained: “To my mind it’s very important to interchange pupils between two countries – The Netherlands and Tajikistan. We also have the problem of a lack of specialists, especially specialists for training children for international competitions on natural science. The capital needs to build boarding schools for bright children. We need help with building and reconstruction of boarding schools”.
When the Soviet Union collapsed tens of thousands of people lost their jobs. People therefore require retraining in order to be employed in different professions. There are a number of problems with educational centres. Firstly, there are very few of them. Secondly, people have to travel long distances to reach more central locations, like the city of Kurgan, where no hostels exist to accommodate them. Thirdly, there are no centres specialized in skills such as cooking, electric sewing, pottery, etc.