SPCE Bokhtar Holds Milestone First Graduation for 160 Students

Date: 17 February 2020
The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) celebrated its first graduation ceremony at its learning centre in Bokhtar (Tajikistan) on February 15th 2020. Over 160 students successfully completed courses in Conversational English, Russian, business planning, accounting and the International Computer Driving License (ICDL). The Bokhtar centre opened in March 2019, and has enrolled 635 people to date.

Asham Miralieva (right), graduate of SPCE English courses, received a certificate from Dilovar Butabekov, Director of UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education.
“SPCE has provided an opportunity to increase my business knowledge, as well as network with other entrepreneurs in the region,” said Akmal Akramshoev, Graduate of SPCE’s Business Planning course, from the Jayhum district. “Knowledge is a pillar to success, and what we have gained from SPCE will allow us to successfully realise our plans, reach new peaks, and enhance our professional skills.”

Business Planning courses at SPCE are offered under the “Thrive Tajikistan: Partnership for Socio-Economic Development” project, an alliance between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF). Since March 2019, 54 learners have enrolled in the 150-hour course at SPCE, and the first 46 graduates received certificates of achievement at the graduation.

The ceremony took place at the Kokhi Vatan Palace in Bokhtar city, and was attended by representatives from the Government of Tajikistan, the Aga Khan Development Network, international organisations, and members of the community. Honoured guests included Mr. Rajabali Rajabov, Deputy of the Governor of Khatlon Oblast, Mr. Qozidavlat Qoimdodov, Resident Representative of AKDN Tajikistan, Mr. Paul Richardson, Country Director of USAID Tajikistan, Mr. Kishvar Abdulalishoev, CEO of AKF Tajikistan, and Mr. Dilovar Butabekov, SPCE Director. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cultural performance by the “Khutal” folklore-ethnographic ensemble.

As an implementation partner of the Thrive Tajikistan project, SPCE aims to reach 165,000 direct, and 460,000 indirect beneficiaries in all 16 districts of Tajikistan along the Afghan border. Thrive will advance the partnership by enhancing integrated socioeconomic development for men, women, boys, and girls in Khatlon Oblast and Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO). Through the Thrive framework, SPCE will provide entrepreneurs with increased access to growth-oriented financial, and technical assistance services. This will be provided through the expansion of UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education entrepreneurship (200 people) and social entrepreneurship (160 people) trainings, in 16 targeted Tajik cross-border districts of GBAO, and the Khatlon Oblast.
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