Home Archived What it’s like to teach in… Tajikistan Back What it’s like to teach in… Tajikistan 4th January 2019, 12:00am Tes Editorial Share What it’s like to teach in… Tajikistan https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/what-its-teach-tajikistan Copy Link When I left my remote village to attend college in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, I dreamed of becoming an English teacher in Tajik villages. But when I started teaching, I had problems with local attitudes: men told me it's better if their wives are uneducated so they won't be able to talk back or challenge them, even in the case of physical violence. Realising the severity of the problem, I dedicated my work to women's education. Slowly, I've changed local attitudes: first ensuring that girls can complete high school and, eventually, in 2014 integrating classrooms. English is key to female empowerment - knowledge of the language is necessary to attend university here. I ran a language centre from 2006-16 and taught locally. Since 2010, I have worked with the US embassy to teach the English Access Microscholarship Programme, aimed at children from low-income families. At times, it's been an uphill battle in a traditional society where it is challenging for girls to reach secondary school. Girls in rural areas are often pulled out of school and forced into marriages. I've worked with girls from rural and underprivileged backgrounds by building trust with parents when I launched an all-girls group. My first students have become "trailblazers", and have confidence, sharing their knowledge with other girls. Hamadony Muzafarov is an EFL teacher and ambassador at TeachSDGs You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Register for free to read more You can read two more articles on Tes for free this month if you register using the button below. Alternatively, check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Register Subscribe now Already registered? Log in You’ve reached your limit of free articles this month Subscribe to read more Check if your school has a Tes subscription. If not, for just £5 per month you can subscribe personally for: Unlimited access to all Tes magazine content Exclusive subscriber-only articles Email newsletters Subscribe now Written by Tes Editorial Share What it’s like to teach in… Tajikistan https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/what-its-teach-tajikistan Copy Link Read more New Magazine Experience New Magazine Experience • 18th November 2021 How Quizlet can benefit new teachers Dan Worth • 6th September 2019 Make MFL planning a breeze with Quizlet Heather Martin • 9th September 2019 How Quizlet can boost English teaching and learning Lauran Hampshire-Dell • 17th September 2019 Recent Most read Most shared Call to end P1 SNSAs and divert money to school ventilation Tes essentials: Zahawi, face masks and phonics Why it is time to mark McCrone's card, all these years later Exclusive: Nadhim Zahawi on what he is going to do next Wellbeing Around the World: Removing heads of subjects KCSIE 2022: The key proposed changes How to read MAT financial accounts - and why you should 5 practical skills to succeed in middle leadership Time management: is this approach the silver bullet?