After its independence in 1991, the educational system of Tajikistan suffered due to civil war in the country that caused the destruction of 20% of schools. Consequently, children from a poor financial background of households left schools, and many teachers discontinued teaching and instead engaged in earning activities due to financial hardships. However, the Tajik people were determined not to lose on educational front.
To meet the gap in services, the country welcomed the assistance from civil society organisations such as The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) to help her build better opportunities for its people. AKES stepped in Tajikistan in 1995 to address educational needs such as the professional trainings of teachers for capacity building, strengthening existing schools and providing scholarships to meritorious students from poor families. In this regard, Government, Agha Khan Foundation (AKF) Education, Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) and other NGOs worked well to rehabilitate many schools, to add new classrooms, to re-train teachers, to make Parent Teacher Associations active and to increase teachers’ salaries to achieve the desired results. Consequently, the condition of schools became much better with the provision of good education.
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