Twenty company employees and their children traveled to the Kok-Jayik jailoo (mountain pasture) located in the Jety-Oguz district this August to spend one whole day in a mobile jailoo kindergarten opened under the Jaloo Kindergartens Project. Previously the company assisted with the provision of Ton and Jety-Oguz kindergartens with stationeries and books.
Company employees gave master classes teaching children the art of origami, or paper folding. Another master class, for senior children, centered on producing felt articles during which girls produced earrings and bracelets that they took home. To develop fine motor skills in small children, company employees offered a series of development exercises.
Each kid was given a gift, a soap bubble toy and a Kyrgyz-language book published in 2015 with the company’s support. Using face painting children turned themselves into the characters of their favorite cartoons. Approximately forty children made a performance for their Bishkek guests and heard music pieces performed by the employees and their small assistants.
“We’ve taught children to produce animals and flowers of paper and various articles of felt as there are no wool shortages in the jailoos. Hopefully, they will go on producing such articles for themselves and their mothers. Even though it was a rainy day, we were happy to devote our off day to such an initiative and contribute to the education of these remarkable mobile kindergarten kids,” said Gulmira Turdubayeva, administration manager, Kumtor Gold Company.
The Jailoo Kindergartens Project makes it possible for children of cattle-farmers spending summer high in the mountains to get ready for school. Teachers spend three hours a day to give classes developing verbal, counting and other necessary skills.
The purpose of the Jailoo Kindergartens Project being to provide equal access to education, the Project focuses on out-of-the-way mountain pastures. Mobile kindergartens are based in yurts well equipped for providing children of pre-school age with basic knowledge. But even school age children have begun to attend classes due to the general lack of electricity, playgrounds, books, toys, computers and, most importantly, centralized education centers staffed with professional teachers. The Project has extended the range of activities this year and now calls its facilities Children’s Development Centers.