Switzerland renovates two boarding schools in the south of Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, May 17 / Kabar /. On 16th May 2012, the inauguration event took place marking the completion of the renovation work at the Oktyabr boarding school of the Suzak rayon in the Jalalabad oblast. Another inauguration is planned for 17th May, at the Karasuu boarding school for hearing-impaired children in the Osh oblast.
The Swiss Cooperation Office in the Kyrgyz Republic has provided more than 15 million soms for the renovation and rehabilitation works in the Oktyabr and Karasuu boarding schools.
The five-month works in the two schools included the refurbishment of the sewage and the heating system, windows and electricity networks, the sanitation facilities and the bath-laundry complexes. The renovation contributes significantly to improve the living and learning environment of the children and the working conditions for the care specialists and teachers.
The Oktyabr boarding school is situated in the Suzak rayon in the oblast of Jalalabad. “Our building has seen no major renovation since 1974,” said Begaim Mamatova, the director of the school. “One of the major problems was the outdated heating system which made it impossible to heat the building. Now thanks to the support of the Swiss Cooperation Office, we have a new heating system and proper windows.”
The Karasuu boarding school is located in Kommunizm village of the Kara-suu district, in the oblast of Osh. Here the windows in the dormitory have been renewed, a major renovation has been made in bath-laundry complex and a new industrial laundry equipment has been installed. “Our children can now enjoy newly renovated bathrooms and it is easier to wash our laundry,” commented the school director Shakir Bekajiev.
This project is part of the Swiss Cooperation Office Programme “Employment generation and social institutions’ facilities improvement”, which works with an overall budget of CHF 1.5 million (more than 75 million soms). It targets to improve the infrastructure in selected social institutions and aims at the creation of temporary job opportunities for young and unemployed people.
Up to date, this Swiss program - through the rehabilitation of heating and sewage systems, the renovation of toilets, bathrooms and laundries - has significantly contributed to improve infrastructure facilities in twelve social institutions like elderly homes, boarding schools, orphanages and infant homes.