In the middle of the night we were met by a smiling Ludmilla in
the airport Manas.
and his wife Olga whom we later learned to know as a cheerful
and warm person took us to our hotel where we got some hours
The next day
the conference started with an introduction of all participants.
And we were very pleased to see that many countries were
represented. Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan,
Belorussia, US, Germany and Denmark. This time four young
students were in the group and it turned up to be fine
experience and good company during these two weeks.
Esenalieva introduced us to the programme, a programme which was
very well planned and varied. She and the team behind her had
really made an effort to show us different schools, the nature
in their country and the culture of their people.
The topic for
the conference this time was “ Teachers for peace and mutual
understanding ” and each country presented their ideas and gave
good examples how they worked. Emphasizing the opportunity
teachers have to influence the ideas of peace on children.
had also prepared a presentation. Sancha and Jursuny gave us an
insight in their country Kyrgyzstan and Geetee told us her story
understanding if it hadn’t been for Ludmilla’s translation all
the time. Later on this job was often given to the young
students and they really did a good job giving us information
about the country, translating for us in shops and restaurants.
languages were spoken and you got along with a few words, smiles
In Bishkek we
visited school of “ Ilim “ where they had been working hard to
reach the present standard with many educational ideas and
materials. We were told that they hadn’t achieved their aim in
school yet, but have come far. Lately they have elected a
University of Central Asia where Ludmilla worked we met a young
prof. Janat Hetrick who showed us around and told about
lecturing here. This is the university the young students attend.
our the group were Gulnara , director of the orphanage close to
the east coast of Issyk-Kul. She spoke warmly about her 37
children and her struggle with authorities and economical
problems to run the orphanage. Big were our expections and we
weren’t disappointed when we saw a group of children running
towards their “ mum” . An tousching moment when she embrased
there were violent troubles in the town of Osh and hence that
children lost there families. Gaisha told us how they had
rescued more than 30 children out of town and with great anxiety
brought them in cars over the mountains to Gulnara’s orphanage
in the north. Fortunately most of the children are united with
there families to day
these active and determined persons.
also days with relaxation near the Lake of Issyk-kul swimming in
this wonderful water. Outings to the mountains very well
arranged by Elbrus and wife with riding, walking and enjoying
the delicious cuisine “ dostorkhon “ So fine adventures after
working days in Biskek with nearly 40 degrees.
to Bishkek we had a final meeting with head of educational
department, where the ideas of this conference were presented
and hopefully the coming meetings will be supported.
night Guldzamal opened her house to all of us and we enjoyed the
last time together before we had to go to the airport to fly
back to Denmark.
There are so
many more things to tell about, but an unforgettable experience
for me was that so many different nations, languages and
cultures were represented in a group and we had such fine days
together students, active and retired teachers.
Thank you to
the Kyrgish group for a very interesting and well planned visit.
I didn’t know
much before I came but I will certainly follow this country in