Firuza Gafurova

As a Muskie Fellow, I graduated from CIE in 2005 and returned to Uzbekistan to start a teaching position at a public school.


While at CIE, I developed interest in HIV/AIDS and health education, thus, with great enthusiasm I started teaching health education classes to high school students. This was a great experience, starting with developing my own curriculum to seeing how my students were developing confidence in discussing various health issues.


Additionally, I was working with elementary school students on their conversational English skills, which was also a wonderful experience. I couldn’t stop admiring how easily little kids picked up every new language unit and how grateful they were for every new thing they learned.

This year, I accepted a new teaching position at the English language teacher training department of the university in my hometown. Besides teaching, I am working closely with students applying to various exchange programs, advising on the program choices, working on their writing skills for academic purposes, preparing for TOEFL and other tests.


Also, together with my colleagues we have just received and implemented a grant for a workshop on research-based education for educational professionals in the health education sector, targeted at exchange program alumni in Uzbekistan. In every kind of work I do, I am using the tools and experiences I received during my years at CIE, which I am very grateful for. [6/08]






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