Fourth Summer Upgrading Camp Concludes on Emotional Note
As the 77 students prepared to return home at the end of UCA’s fourth Summer Upgrading Camp (July 1-16), emotions ran high amid tearful goodbyes. Driving home in the bus, the students reflected on the richness of their experience and the cross-cultural friendships they had forged. Students had come from 31 cities in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, and faculty and staff from the region and overseas. The Camp was designed to upgrade math and English skills among Grade 10 students, and ensure they are ready for a world-class university education. Students attended classes daily, worked on personal development, leadership, public speaking skills, teamwork, and much more.
“I have been working in the educational sphere for over 30 years, and
I must say that UCA’s Summer Upgrading Camp is a great opportunity for students to gain useful knowledge and skills in English and mathematics,” said Kuban Tukeshovich Mambetov, Head of Education Department of Naryn at the camp’s closing ceremony.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for youth from mountain regions of Central Asia to experience a high-quality education, to improve their English and math, make new friends, and fall in love with UCA.” said Olga Rubtsova,
participant from Aktau, Kazakhstan.
“We made lots of friends
and have become one big family. Our camp teachers and counsellors always helped, supported and inspired us.” said Sadriddin Sadullozoda, participant from Panjakent, Tajikistan
“I learnt how to be more creative; not be afraid of asking questions; how to work as a team; how to listen and support each other and to work hard,” said Baizak Asylbek uulu, participant from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.