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Azerbaijan invests in education infrastructure

Baku : Azerbaijan | Jan 19, 2011 at 1:47 AM PST
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BAKU, Azerbaijan — English teacher Gulsham Huseynli is grateful for the little things, such as projectors and wider hallways. For two years, she has been teaching in what was effectively a two-room schoolhouse — teachers took shifts offering classes from two kindergarten classrooms.

It wasn't always like this. The Mingachevir school was once one of the best-known elementary schools in Azerbaijan. But after a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory Nagorno-Karabakh in the early 1990s, the school became a home for refugees. The overuse brought the once-beautiful building into disrepair.

When the school reopened, hundreds of students used the local kindergarten as a classroom. But thanks to a rebuilding project undertaken by the government, students returned this year to an entirely new campus. There is a big gym, some labs, even rooms for after-school activities like a chess club.

"It's easier," Huseynli said. "It's nice to have English languages center ... . Now we have our own room where we can do movie clubs and conversation clubs. We even have lessons with a projector or computer."

akhter128 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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