My organization is a non-governmental organiztaion (NGO) with a focus on youth and NGO development. When I first got to site (2 years and 3 months ago), my organization had already surveyed the community and thought of a project to do. They wanted to make kindergarten classes to prepare children for primary school. Many of the other “kindergartens” in Shamkir and Azerbaijan do not teach the children and are more like day care centers. Actually preparing children to enter primary school was something many parents wanted for their children. I helped my organization write a grant and we eventually implement the project. It’s been very successful because at these school preparation classes the children are taught English, basic computer skills, and how to read and write in Azerbaijani. We have had 2 years of classes and are looking to expand the classes so more children can join! These are some pictures of the children’s Novruz Holiday show.

Talking about Spring arriving while holding wheat grass

Talking about Spring arriving while holding wheat grass

The boys

The boys

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes song

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes song

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes song

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes song

Sisers singing an Azerbaijani song

Sisers singing an Azerbaijani song

Dancing

Dancing

The boys pretendig to dance

The boys pretendig to dance

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Dancing

Dancing

Dancing

Dancing

Singing an English song

Singing an English song

Each family brought a tray of sweets, fruit, and Semeni (wheat grass)

Each family brought a tray of sweets, fruit, and Semeni (wheat grass)

The show is done and they get to eat the sweets

The show is done and they get to eat the sweets

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