Eduard Stiprais, Head of the European Union Delegation in Uzbekistan, was on a visit to Samarkand in order to get acquainted with projects receiving the support of the EU.
In Samarkand, two important social projects are financed by the EU. One of them is “Inclusive education for children with special needs in Uzbekistan”, which was set up together with the National Center for Social Adaptation of Children ” in 2014-2016. The second project was implemented by the French Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), is called “Advancing women’s rights through enhanced protection and self-employment”.
Accompanied by journalists, the Head of Delegation Eduard Stiprais started with a visit of the school №13 in Samarkand. Rano Khalilova, the regional coordinator for inclusive education, presented the visitors with the work done in the framework of the project.
In particular, the group discussed the psychologic importance of education to children with special needs. Further, Khalilova informed about the achievements of the project as well as the obstacles encountered when trying to promote inclusive education in Samarkand, and what should be done to overcome them. Teachers, mothers and pedagogues also shared their opinions.
Finally, Eduard Stiprais visited the Samarkand NGO “Rakhmdillik”, a center dedicated to the rehabilitation of women in difficult situations. This allow him to get informed about a project aiming to defend women rights in Uzbekistan that also received the EU support. The director of the Center, Bibisora Aripova discussed the ongoing work. The project provides legal assistance to women in Urgut, Pastdargom and Nurabad regions.
One of the main goals of this project is to raise the awareness of women living in rural areas about their rights and entrepreneurial skills. In addition, moral and psychological support is also provided to families in difficult situations, as well as conversations with family members. The visitors to the NGO could get acquainted the living conditions as provided at the shelter.