Internews has launched freshened up training program for akyns-improvisers


Training on gender-sensitive topics for the work of Akyns began on March 1st at Issyk-Kul Lakeside.



Tugolbai Kazakov – composer, People's Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Melis Murataliev - a Kyrgyz scholar.

Avaskan Ormonova - a gender sensitivity coach.


Within two days, the akyns will be trained in GALS program.


 The GALS methodology has appreciable potential to blow up development programs and projects' impact by changing people's behavior and attitudes. Experience has shown that GALS facilitates a redistribution of responsibilities within the family that helps achieve gender balance.

On the final day of training, a qualifier aitysh will take place. At the end of it, 9 Akyn-Fellows will be selected, who will continue creating content in light of the knowledge gained on gender topics.


This time, 24 akyns are participating in the training, including both those who have previously been involved in the media literacy project and new participants.


 At the opening ceremony, the project manager Maksuda Aitieva noted that last year's media literacy project with akyns was highly successful, and exceeded all expectations, so the decision was made to extend it.


In 2022, the Media-K team successfully implemented the Bilim Aitysh @bilimaitysh media literacy project with the Kyrgyz akyns – traditional poet improvisers, promoting the values of media literacy among the Kyrgyz-speaking audience.


The program enabled 21 participants to enhance their media literacy skills and acquire technical social media skills, resulting in a significant increase in their online audience reach.


See below for the project details:



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