Young Leaders in Tajikistan
Local civil society organizations working directly with youth in rural areas.
Equipping emerging youth leaders to drive positive change in their communities.
Nine rural communities in three regions of Tajikistan: the Zarafshan Valley, the Rasht Valley and Badakhshan.
Training emerging leaders and supporting local organizations committed to empowering young people in their communities.
In the mountainous, rural areas of Tajikistan, a short supply of teachers and school funding means only core subjects are taught and few extracurricular activities are offered. Livelihoods are also scarce, and traditional views on gender roles mean many youth – especially young women – lack access to enriching educations and economic opportunities. Feeling they have little hope for a purposeful, fulfilling future, many teenagers become withdrawn and disconnected.
Counterpart’s Young Leaders Program is equipping the youth of Tajikistan to become socially conscious citizens, driving change to help their communities prosper. In partnership with local organizations working with youth after school and during the summer, our program supports youth leadership through:
During the span of our project, Counterpart:
Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Collaborators: Ministry of Education; State Committee on Youth, Sport and Tourism; Academy of Education; Teachers Training Institute; Center for Strategic Research under the President of Republic of Tajikistan; Women of Orient; Marifatnoki; Khirad.