A second group of ten Afghan women, recipients of the scholarships funded by the European Union, arrived in Kazakhstan to pursue education, the press-service of regional point of OSCE said on December 9.
The students will begin their academic journey with online English language classes at Almaty Management University (AlmaU) Language School.
After its completion, they will enroll at one of the top universities in Kazakhstan – Kazakh-British Technical University, to study mining.
“The project runs under a €2 million grant provided by the EU to support Afghan women in their strive for higher education. In total, 50 Afghan women will obtain higher, technical, and vocational education at various universities across Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan by 2025,” the OSCE said.
“Empowering women via education creates vast personal as well as economic impact, such as it generates opportunities to realise one’s potential and ability to contribute to their communities upon returning to Afghanistan,” it added.
“Women are central to economic growth and sustainable development and their economic empowerment is crucial to the progress of any country.
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According to the new EU Strategy for Central Asia, it is in the joint interest of the EU and of Central Asian states to intensify cooperation to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan. In other words, without a peaceful Afghanistan, there will be no prosperous Central Asia. Connecting Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan by an ‘educational bridge’ strengthen the social and economic linkages among them, thus contributing to address security challenges, and helping ensure a more peaceful and prosperous future for the region, the press service said, quoting EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan Sven-Olov Carlsson.
The first group of 30 Afghan women arrived in Almaty in October 2019.