Building a Transparent Future for Rural Communities Through Digitalization in Kyrgyzstan


8 September 2022

The first interactive map of the country, with providers of digital skills training courses, was presented in Bishkek in a partnership with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science, Estonian Centre for International Development (ESTDEV) and the European Union under the project “DigiKonush: Building a Transparent Future for Rural Communities Through Digitalisation”.

Kyrgyzstan digital course providers

To date, the interactive map includes 117 IT courses offered throughout the country, and it can be continually updated. This list includes universities and vocational education institutions, professional lecture halls, and private, public, and other organisations.

The map was developed in the Kyrgyz language and is focused on regional representatives. This is crucial, as rural women and youth are most often at a disadvantage compared to their peers living in cities. These disadvantages can be attributed to several factors, including poor infrastructure and a lack of prospects in education and employment.

“This project supports digitalization among young people and women across the country, as well as citizens in rural areas. We believe that cooperation between Estonian and Kyrgyz IT organisations will help us adopt the European Union’s best practices for digitization here in Kyrgyzstan,” said Raimonds Vingris, head of the Policy Department of the EU Delegation to Kyrgyzstan.

The interactive map contains information not only on the location of digital skills institutions, but also on offered specialties, terms of study, and financial conditions, altogether allowing citizens to more consciously choose the appropriate course. At the same time, the map gives IT training providers new ways to promote their services. To enter or update information about an educational institution, the only thing to do is contact the email address on the site.

The project, “DigiKonush: Building a Transparent Future for Rural Communities Through Digitalization”, is implemented by the Centre for Civic Initiatives LEADER with the support of the European Union, and in partnership with the Estonian Centre for International Development. It is aimed at increasing the digital literacy of women and youth, reducing the digital divide between urban and rural populations.

The press release in Russian is available here.

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ESTDEV is a state foundation that organizes and coordinates Estonia’s participation in international development cooperation and humanitarian aid programs with the aim of increasing Estonia’s contribution to global security and sustainable development.