Support young scholars and teachers in Kyrgyzstan

Here are two initiatives to help economically disadvantaged but intellectually-gifted students in our country that are being carried about by Kyrgyzstani youth in partnership with friends from overseas: The Mary Schweitzer Scholarship for undergraduate students of anthropology at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). Every year, up to three students are selected based upon their academic excellence, dedication to the discipline, and their financial need. Click on the link above or e-mail Mugalim aims to provide financial supplements to the salaries of young teachers who are willing to work in rural schools that are in a dire need…

Who controls the image of rural Kyrgyzstan?

A recent photo-report published on Facebook and has caused a furor in Kyrgyzstan about the conditions of the country’s rural poor. But according to guest blogger Damira Umetbaeva, it also raises difficult and important ethical questions about the nature of the photo-report itself.