Two major activities have been happening simultaneously—a major external evaluation of the LivingSidebySide® (LSBS) Pilot Program and a process with government entities to develop a 3 year plan to institutionalize the program nationally in schools.

Evaluation Results are coming in

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) was chosen to design and implement a major evaluation that included 10 control schools, 10 treatment schools and 1200 households. Preliminary findings from SIPRI support the findings that Legacy and Center Interbilim gained during three rounds of the pilot program. A total of five data sources of evaluation currently exist.  Sources include Sipri’s analysis of the Focus groups of Teachers and the Focus groups of Students, LI/CIB’s 27 case studies, a numerical rating by teachers of all 553 students who were trained, and a Master’s thesis by Asel Kuttubaeva, LSBS Program Manager.  Download “Initial Findings -Youth Training in Kyrygyz Republic” pdf.

The Planning Process

Over three months in the first half of 2015, a Working Group authorized by the Ministry of Education & Science (MES) in cooperation with the Academy of Teacher Training (KAO) in the Kyrgyz Republic, collaborated with International Center Interbilim and Legacy International to develop a three year plan to implement the LivingSidebySide® (LSBS) program nationwide in secondary schools.

Developing a Sustainable Plan

The working group included Gulshan Abdyldaeva (MES), Zarina Suraganova and Bermet Alymova of (KAO), Asel Kuttubaeva of International Center Interbilim (CIB) and Marlene Ginsberg, of Legacy International. Concomitantly to our planning process, the curriculum was reviewed and approved by KAO and the Ministry of Education and Science.

Team members worked diligently long distance via skype and in person.  Our purpose was to take a successful pilot program in 10 schools in southern Kyrgyzstan and integrate it into an existing system without losing the quality of the program. We chose to keep the youth training as a two hour after-school series of sessions. We were also faced with the quandary of fitting the curriculum into an existing structure of teacher training already in place at the Academy of Teacher Training (KAO). We discussed a variety of target audiences and agreed that LSBS would be sustainable if we trained specialists at the national and oblast levels who were already tasked with seeking solutions to youth problems in the schools.  Thus our program model would be  consistently applied throughout Kyrgyz schools. The following table represents a snapshot of the 3 year plan to institutionalize LivingSidebySide® .

Three Year Plan for Kygyzstan

Next Steps

Efforts are continuing to secure funding to implement our 3 year plan and bring the LivingSidebySide® program into every community in the country.  We invite you,  whether international donors, companies, or individuals to help us to develop the next generation of leaders in the Kyrgyz Republic and to bring it to other locations in the world.

DONATE NOW to help make LivingSidebySide® a reality.

For more information, contact: Marlene Ginsberg ( at Legacy International and/or Asel Kuttubaeva ( at International Center Interbilim.