SPCE Khorog holds Spring Graduation Ceremony, graduates 35 Afghan learners — UCA Press Release

Khorog, Tajikistan, 26 March 2013 – The University of Central Asia’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UCA-SPCE) held its 8th graduation ceremony on 26th March 2013 at the Khorog Theatre.

In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of its students, the ceremony commemorated Navruz, a festival with Persian cultural roots marking the arrival of spring. The ceremony was followed by a traditional cultural performance by graduating students.

“Just as we welcome new beginnings during Navruz, we are proud of our graduating students, and wish them success as they use their newly gained knowledge in their future work,” said Robert Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer.

Two hundred students received their certificates at the Awards Ceremony, including 35 learners from Afghanistan and 24 village mason-masters, representing all seven districts of Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), funded through: European Commission Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection –ECHO (DIPECHO).

Certificates were awarded in Accounting Technology, English for Academic Purposes. Records of Professional Development were presented to Information Technology and English teachers from SPCE’s Outreach programmes. 
Learners also received certificates of Achievement in the Bookkeeping/Cashier, Conversational Russian, and Conversational German, French, English for Business Programme Levels 2 and 3A, Conversational English of Upper intermediate level and Training of Guides.  Certificates were also awarded to a group of Plumbers.
For the third time, SPCE is graduating a class of 35 Afghan students. The students studied advanced level courses at SPCE’s Khorog campus as part of the “Cross Border Vocational Education in Badakhshan” (CVEB) programme, a joint initiative between UCA and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) now concluding its second phase.
Since 2009, the CVEB programme has enabled SPCE to expand its programme to Afghan learners and increase access to education in the border districts.  As part of this programme, a total of 132 students from Badakhshan province, Afghanistan were awarded scholarships to study English, IT, Bookkeeping/Cashier, and vocational education at SPCE Khorog. Courses were delivered in Dari language and original curriculum and learning materials in Dari were developed. The CVEB programme also supported the establishment of an SPCE project office in Faizabad, Afghanistan.

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