Education through Arts

In 1999 a “Child Media Center” under “Balajan” center was established thus, letting children and teenagers attending the center to lead publishing, legal, journalistic activities, create own television programs, publish a magazine for teenagers “Skyscraper - Munara”. The only child art gallery in Kyrgyzstan is located in “Balajan”. For more than 20 years of existence around 35 000 children and teenagers have had opportunity to prove themselves in various fields of art and creativity. Many of the former pupils of the center became painters, masters of applied and traditional art, and talented teachers of foreign languages.

The special place in the work of the center is attributed to the “School of talented children with disabilities”, and for more than 10 years of its existence more than 400 children, which were not able to attend ordinary schools and pre-school establishments have received education there. The program on “Social rehabilitation of children through art” gives a child to feel concern, attention, and empathy of children close to them (such children are educated in the same groups with ordinary children).

A project on “Poverty reduction through social integration of marginalized youth and homeless children” was carried out within the framework of the program of the National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO on the base of vocational lyceum #43 (Director: Bakyt Musaeva) located in Jany-Jer Village between 2002 and 2004. One of the activities of the project was establishment of the Rehabilitation Center “Ak kanat” (“White Swan”), which was aimed at rehabilitation of homeless, neglected children, and teenagers including rehabilitation through art education and training.

The main directions of reforming the system of art education are:

  • creation of the environment to facilitate the development of art education;
  • overcoming a devaluation of universal and humanistic values;
  • education and training of new generation pedagogic cadres;
  • integration of education and science, an active inclusion of scientific potential of educational institutions and research institutions into education process;
  • establishment of educational institutions of new generation;
  • access to education for all people with a natural creative talents especially in relation to the youth from rural areas, and development of methodologies of early revelation of talents and its support;
  • use of resources of art and creative activities for correctional pedagogy, psychological and physical improvement of health of children, teenagers, and other groups of population through introduction of the modern art-methodologies;
  • formation of culture of international communication through learning artistic traditions of people of Kyrgyzstan;
  • relevant state financial support for art education and access to education grants and credits;
  • development of the system of a proper professional training in the country and abroad;
  • development and provision of text books and study materials;
  • development of art history, study of folklore and pedagogic sciences, exchange of practices, and organization of expert meetings;
  • integration of the state art education into the world.