This report was prepared by the Bulan Institute for Peace Innovations (hereinafter – the Bulan Institute) in cooperation with the State Commission for Religious Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic. The main purpose of the report is to analyze the countries in which citizens of Kyrgyzstan receive their religious educations, the form and quality of their Islamic religious educational institutions and current trends in receiving education abroad by Kyrgyz citizens. In Kyrgyzstan, there has been a noticeable increase in interest in religious education in general, and in foreign taught classes in particular.
Every citizen of Kyrgyzstan is guaranteed freedom of religion and the right to education regardless of gender, nationality, language, social and property status, health, the type and nature of occupation, religion, political and religious beliefs, residence and other circumstances. Article 6 of the Law on “Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations”, adopted in 1991 around the time independence was proclaimed, guarantees access to various types and levels of education to individuals regardless of their attitude toward religion. Therefore, in addition to the protection of these rights, one of the main tasks of the Commission for Religious Affairs and the Bulan Institute is contributing to the assurance that citizens receive both quality religious education and the promotion of conditions amenable to a healthy education sector.
This study of the Bulan Institute and the State Commission for Religious Affairs looks into the religious educational institutions of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and other destination countries, the specifics of their religious education systems, as well as issues related to the education of Kyrgyz citizens in these countries, including official statistics and opinions of known religious figures. In addition, this report analyses which countries and educational institutions well-known theologians, such as regional qazi (judges), the Muftiate, and members of the Kyrgyzstan ulema council, attended.
Full version of the report is here: Report_Religious Education Abroad PDF