Graduation ceremony at the Education Centre under the You are not alone foundation

19 Jun 2013

Graduation ceremony at the Education Centre under the You are not alone foundation

A graduation ceremony has been held the Education Centre of the You are not alone charitable foundation. The Education Centre was founded in 2003 to specifically work with children from orphanages, children from low-income families and children with special needs in order to help them to get in-depth knowledge on school subjects needed to pass entrance exams to colleges and universities.

The graduation ceremony was attended by children brought up in Tashkent orphanages and their teachers. This year about 100 graduates of the Education Centre will continue their studies at Uzbekistan’s lyceums and colleges.

Addressing the graduates, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the You are not alone foundation Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva said: “We have completed another schooling year, and I would like to sincerely congratulate you and express the hope that the knowledge you received at the Education Centre will serve as the foundations for your further education at colleges and universities. I also hope that our centre has become a second home where you got the opportunity of communicating with each other, acquired new friends, as well as people who are ready to listen to you at any time and provide you with assistance whenever you are in need of help. Our doors are always open for you.”

There are a lot of gifted children brought up in orphanages who are at risk of not realising their potential and lagging behind their peers in terms of education and development due to lack of parental support. This may subsequently have an adverse effect on children’s future as well as their adaptation to independent living following graduation from Mercy Homes. Therefore, in 2003 the You are not alone charitable organization founded the Education Centre, whose main goal is to raise children’s understanding of the paramount importance of education and knowledge in building a better future as well as to positively influence children from orphanages and disadvantaged families to take post-secondary education.

At the Education Centre children attend classes in math, chemistry, IT, English, ethics, the Russian language and literature, the history of Uzbek culture and arts. Education Centre students also have an opportunity to develop their creative skills by attending classes in choreography, vocal and painting. A debate club helps improve children’s ability to think critically and hone their public speaking skills. The charity invites best lecturers and teachers from across the country to prepare children brought up in Mercy Homes, children from low-income families as well as children with special needs to entrance exams at lyceums, colleges and universities. It also arranges for children’s visits to universities and vocational colleges to help them with decision making with regard to post secondary education and career choice.

 “Several generations have grown up before our eyes; many of our children have achieved major successes in their education, career, personal growth and development. Over 2,000 children have received knowledge at the Centre since it was founded, and 214 of them became students of prestigious colleges and universities,” Karimova-Tillyaeva said.

Among them are the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, the Tashkent branch of the Moscow State University, the National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies, the Tashkent University of Economics, the Tashkent Institute of Highways, the Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Construction, the University of World Languages, the Tashkent Institute of Culture, Termez State University, Tashkent Medical Academy, the National Institute of Arts and Design and the Tashkent Chemical and Technological Institute.

The charity also arranges classes for children from Mercy Homes on how to handle day-to-day tasks related to housekeeping, cooking and managing family budget.

The Education Centre specialists play an important role in children’s intellectual and social development in many respects fulfilling parental duties in encouraging and motivating a child to improve his or her academic achievements, overall behaviour and attendance; understanding children’s day-to-day progress and developing positive attitude towards schooling. The Education Centre’s specialists seek to create a culture of learning, improve children’s confidence, understand how to support the development of the child’s skills, as well as provide children with support and encouragement in exploring the many options to find the best career fit for them.