Sixteen PC flat screens were officially contributed by Kumtor Company to vocational school No. 27 on September 26, 2013. The monitors will be used by a special group of physically handicapped students. Two existing rehabilitation groups include 36 people. One group trains would-be hairdressers/barbers, cooks and PC operators while the other, electric welders, car painters and category B drivers.
“We have always sought to provide practical skills to our students, those that would be helpful to them in their everyday life. Computer skills are a must now, especially to handicapped students. That’s what prompted us to ask Kumtor Company to help us replace old or inoperative monitors that stood idle in our electronic classroom, and we are grateful to Kumtor for granting our request,” said Igor Mankovsky, Director of vocational school No. 27.
“We are happy to help the school with which we maintain a warm relationship. Hopefully, this equipment will help the guys acquire additional skills and they will appreciate their new monitors’ quality,” said Douglas Grier, Director, Sustainable Development, Kumtor Company.
The Company has supported the school for 13 years and developed a solid relationship with school management. The school has adopted a training program for graduates from Jety-Oguz, Ton, and Balykchi schools on a number of jobs, including heavy duty truck and car repair, auto electrics and welding.
The purpose of the Issyk-Kul regional scholarship program is to assist young people of the local communities to get skills required in Kyrgyzstan at present. Priority in distributing scholarships is given to children from large and needy families, and orphaned children who show good progress at school and express wish to get vocational training. Tuition, board and lodging costs throughout the training period of 3 years are covered by Kumtor Company. Moreover, the Company pays a monthly maintenance allowance. During on-the-job practical sessions at the Kumtor mine the students are enabled to reinforce the skills they have acquired at school.