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CP7: Language Policies and Education in Multilingual Societies.

Edited by C. Bachmann

Tbilisi, Georgia, March 2, 2006

(190 p, in English and Georgian).
ISBN: 2-88490-011-X

The conference gathered together representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and other state officials, education professionals and civil representatives of Kvemo Kartli and Samtshke-Javakheti regions, foreign multilingual education experts and international organizations. The aim of this conference was to bring fresh insights into issues relating to the current educational reform in Georgia by presenting language education policies implemented by other multilingual societies. The volume presents the papers of the conference.

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    1. Introduction-Carine Bachmann

    2. From state language education to civil integration - Bela Tsipuria

    3. Teaching Georgian as a second language in the areas of compact national minority settlements in Georgia -Kakha Gabunia

    4. Managing diversity in multilingual countries: Switzerland as a multilingual society - Niculin Jaeger

    5. Legal and institutional principles regarding language education and multilingual education as a means of civic inclusion and integration of minorities - John de Fonblanque

    6. Key analytical tools in language education policy - Francois Grin

    7. Kyrgyzstan: multilingual education as a means of preserving ethnic identity within an integrated society - Ainura Jumaeva

    8. Language education in the Basque Country: a review of institutional models with a focus on bilingual education - Nicholas Gardner

    9. Language learning and multilingual education from the point of view of the child - Beatrice Schulter

    10. Annexes:
        - Glossary
        - Selected bibliography and internet resources
        - European Language Portfolio Self Assessment Grid
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CP 6: The Illusions of Transition: which perspectives for Central Asia and the Caucasus?

Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI), Geneva, Switzerland, 17 March 2004.

(168 pages, in English and French)
ISBN: 2-88490-008-X

This volume of Conference Proceedings is a joint project between the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) and CIMERA. In a conference organized in Geneva in March 2004, nine researchers from different professional backgrounds such as historians, development workers, and researchers, have approached the subject of transition from different angles. The papers published in this volume offer various professionals specializing in contemporary history of the Caucasus and Central Asia a rich material to reflect on issues ranging from history and continuity in Central Asia to violence and illegal trade in the South Caucasus.

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3 Introduction M.-R.Djalili
6 Map of Central Asia
7 How can we use the concept of transition in Central Asian post-soviet history? An attempt to set a New Approach Catherine Poujol
20 The reshaping of a borderland region Vicken Cheterian
35 Map: Conflicts in the Caucasus in the late 1990s
36 Bouleversements et reconfiguration régionale en Asie Centrale (1991-2004) Thierry Kellner
72 Map: Oil and gas pipelines between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea
73 L’Etat et ses chantiers idéologiques en Asie Centrale Frédérique Guérin
92 A source of regional tension in Central Asia: The case of water Jeremy Allouche
104 Map: Water management in Central Asia
105 The political economy of transnational crime and its implications for armed violence in Georgia Achim Wennmann
118 Transition systémique, paupérisation et fragmentation sociale: principaux enjeux en termes de développement durable pour l’Azerbaïdjan et l’Arménie Frédéric Lapeyre
137 Map: Ethnic groups of Central Asia
138 Transition without the rule of law and human rights? Gérard Staberock
152 Désillusions des donateurs ? La coopération internationale en Asie Centrale Luigi De Martino
162 Synthèse des débats Julien Pellaux

Conference Procceeding 5:
Multilingual education and mother tongue education for national minorities in Kyrgyzstan
Osh, Kyrgyzstan, 15-16 avril 2003
Organized by CIMERA Bishkek and  the OSCE/HCNM

In English
and Russian.
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OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities visits Kyrgyzstan.
Discourse of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities 

This round table gathered various actors from the political, educational, NGO and institutional realms to debate the needs and possibilities of implementing various models of multilingual education in kindergarten for minorities. The discussions addressed  issues of mothertongue education, preservation of minorities national identities and their  integration  in the wider Kyrgyzstani society so as to maintain the country's cohesion. At the end of the conference, many participants agreed on the principle that multilingual education could represent a critical factor in promoting integration, while allowing the maintenance of a cultural diversity.
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Photos: Vyacheslav Oseledko
Beatrice Schulter, Multilingual Education in Kyrgyzstan, Project Director CIMERA, Bishkek

Ethnic Situation in the Osh District
Naken Kasievich Kasiev, Governor of the Osh District

Laying the Foundations for Integration: Language and Education in a Multi-Ethnic Kyrgyzstan
Rolf Ekeus, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

Language and Identity: The Situation in Kyrgyzstan and the Role of Pedagogy
Beatrice Schulter, CIMERA

Ethnic Minorities in the South of Kyrgyzstan
L.O. Dewald, President of the Committee of Germans in the Osh District and 
R.M. Akhmerova
, President of the Tatar-Bashkir cultural center "Ilkaim"
A Unified Educational Standard: Motivation for Interethnic Integration
M. T. Mamasaidov, Professor, Director of the Centre for Textbook Production, Rector of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek University, Deputy of the Parliament Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic and 
O. Kh. Khudajberdiev
, Professor, Chief Editor at the Centre for Textbook Production, Honorary Pedagogue of the Kyrgyz Republic

Language as a Form of Conservation, Tradition and Promotion of Cultural Heritage
A. I. Toktosunova, Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, Secretary in Charge of the National Commission of UNESCO in the Kyrgyz Republic, Chief Editor of the journal Central Asia and World Culture and 
K. Imankulov
, Postgraduate student

Integration of Language or Integration of Consciousness?
K. K. Mamataliev, President of the RIPS (Realisation of Initiatives, Rights and Freedom), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Collective or Individual Perspectives on Social Science Concepts (Conclusions from Presentations and Discussions at the Round Table)
Beatrice Schulter and 
Nuryjyn Sardabek Kyzy


Conference Procceeding 4:
Economic Integration of the Central Asian Countries: Chances and Obstacles
Regional Conference, Dushanbe, Tadjikistan, 25-26 October 2002
In English 
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Customs regulations and tariffs in Central Asia

Sukhrob Toshev, Candidate of Science (Economics), Tajikistan

Cooperation in Central Asian Agriculture: current state and outlook
Emil Asymbekov, Director, Kyrgyz Research Institute of the Agricultural Economy and Processing Industry, Kyrgyzstan

Development of agriculture in Tajikistan: peculiarities and prospects
Ikhtiyor Ashurov, , First Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Tajikistan

Transit potentials of transport facilities in the countries of Central Asian region: railway and motor transport
Larisa Guseva, Kazakhstan’s Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Senior research officer, Kazakhstan

Social factor of economic policies in Central Asian countries
Sirojiddin Komilov, Professor, Doctor of Economics, Director, Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Tajikistan

Energy potentials of Central Asian countries: oil and gas complex
Gulmira Kurganbayeva, Candidate of Science (Economy), Head, Geoglobalistics and Economic Security Department, Kazakh Institute of Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan

Economic trends in Central Asia: integration or disintegration?
Sergey Sleptchenko, Head, Analytical Service, Bishkek Trade Development Chamber, Analytical Consortium “Perspektiva”, Kyrgyzstan

Conference Procceeding 3:
Borders, social spaces and identities in Central Asia
CARN Conference, Cologne University, 15-17 November 2002
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(32 pages)
In English 

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Conference Procceeding 2:
Natural Resources and Politics in Central Asia
Alma-Aty, Kazahkstan, 15-16 june 2002
(123 pages)
In English and Russian

After the fall of the USSR, the Central Asian former Soviet republics, whose natural resources had been previously centrally managed by Moscow, found themselves facing a difficult political situation, as these resources became located within the borders of now five independent countries. Many predicted that bloody conflicts would erupt as a result of the difficulties that arose since each new country had become dependent on its neighbours for its supply of energy and materials for its economy. The conference brought together specialists and journalists both from these regions and from abroad in order to discuss comprehensive approaches to the issues of natural resources management in Central Asia. It also aimed to encourage the media to play an active role in the promotion of fair relations between the states concerned by these challenges and the spread of facts instead of nationalistic rhetoric. In this view, it also addressed the serious lack of factual information on these questions in the media of these regions and the need for the development of a more proactive coverage of such subjects by the Central Asian journalists.
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Conference Procceeding 1:
Islam and Society in Central Asia
Dushanbe, Tajikistanm, 14-15 april 2002
(50 pages)
In English and Russian

By providing experts and journalists of Central Asia the opportunity to exchange information and discuss on the place and role of Islam as a religion and a political movement in Central Asia, the conference organised in Dushanbe aimed to raise a more in-depth debate, which is currently (persistently) lacking in the region. Points of comparison were made through the two presentations on the functioning of the Islamic State of Iran and the role of political Islam in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Representatives of political movements of the Central Asian countries, who participated and openly discussed on these topics, gave undeniable encouragement of the possibility for a public and open debate in the region.
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Conference program

Opening speech,
by Daniel Zuest, Head of Swiss Office for Development and Co-operation, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

by André Loersch, CIMERA, Geneva, CA Media Project Director.
Part I: " Islam and Society"

Islamic Faith and Moslems in the Aftermath of September 11,

by Aleksei Malachenko, Expert for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Professor of the Moscow University of International Relations (MGIMO)

Religion and Politics in Modern Iran,

byDr. Reza Nazarahari, The Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), Teheran, Iran 

Political Islam played no decisive role in the Bosnian war,

byAndré Loersch, CIMERA, Geneva, CA Media Project Director.

Islam, Democracy and Human Rights,

by Rashid G. Abdullo, Political analyst, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Part II: Islam in Central Asia

The Islamic Renaissance Party in Tajikistan as a partner to ruling authorities: Achievements and Problems,

by Mukhiddin Kabiri, Deputy Chairman of Party Islamic Renaissance in Tajikistan

Some Specifics of Religious Worship in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan,

by Prof. I.K. Usmonov, State Adviser to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan

The Problem of Self-determination of Islamic Organizations in Kyrgyzstan,

by Viacheslav Khamisov, Academic Secretary of the International Institute of Strategic Studies under the authority of the President of Kyrgyzstan, Chairman of the International Working Group on Crisis Management in Central Asia, established by the Partnership For Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes.

The Impact of Moslem Communities on Islamic Development in Kazakhstan,

by Nurlan Alniyazov, Institute for Eastern Studies, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Conference Procceeding:
Bilingual Education and Conflict Prevention
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 21-22 September 2001
(150 pages)
In English and Russian

In 2001, a conference organised by CIMERA and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung presented the first results of the Bilingual Education Project (CIMERA). In this project, children of nine kindergarten of the country were instructed in both Kyrgyz and Russian. The major conclusion of discussions conducted during the conference was that the bilingual approach enhances interaction between children of different linguistic groups and that children’s attitude towards the new language becomes more favourable. Thus, in situations where conflict is created by linguistic and ethnic tension, bilingual education proves a useful means of conflict prevention. The selected papers which are presented in this volume give an overview of the political situation in Kyrgyzstan, the aims and strategies of the Bilingual Education Project , as well as present the psychological, methodological and economical aspects of bilingual education in kindergartens and primary schools in Kyrgyzstan.
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