January 27, 2006

The Heydar Aliyev Foundation held an event devoted to the results of its activity in 2005

On January 27, with participation of the president of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and MP Mehriban Aliyeva, took place the action devoted to results of the Fund`s activity in 2005.

In the beginning, participants of action - officials of the Cabinet, Members of Parliament, ministers, representatives of the intelligentsia, the separate organizations, ambassadors of foreign countries in Azerbaijan - have looked the materials reflecting activity of the Foundation within year, have familiarized with the breadboard of the Azerbaijan Regional Museum.

Then, a documentary about activity of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has been shown. The film narrates on the projects carried out by Fund in the field of education, culture, science and technologies, public health services, social and economic development and other spheres. It creates full representation about successful realization in 2005 together with UNDP, UNESCO and Fund of Friends to the Azerbaijan Culture of projects of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation "The Program of development of children`s homes and Boarding Schools", "To Renewed Azerbaijan - New School", "Provision of visually hearing and visually impaired children with information-communication technologies", "Support of Education", "High Care for Children, Suffering with Diabetes", the program "In the Name of Life Without thalassemia". The documentary also gives information on preparation of musical album "The Garabagh singers", the stone laying of the base of the International Mugham Center, creation of the portal "Azerbaijan", not having analogue in Republic, publishing of the edition "The Karabakh realities", narrating about history of Garabagh, on the beginning and heavy consequences of the Armenia--Azerbaijan conflict, the Khojaly genocide, the Armenian terrorism, and so forth. The documentary ends in the following idea: "All done and forthcoming work is logic continuation of the life of Heydar Aliyev devoted to Motherland, his invaluable strategy in the state construction and his realized dreams".

In her opening remarks, president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, deputy of Milli Majlis Mehriban Aliyeva has told:

Dear ladies and gentlemen!

Dear visitors!

We have gathered today to a certain extent to report about all projects, which prepared and have been carried out by Heydar Aliyev Foundation in 2005, and sum up the last year. Taking into account very big interest and attention in society to activity of the Fund, today we would like to inform on all our projects and programs.

As you know, activity of the Foundation is many-sided. Education, public health services, science and technologies, culture, ecology, sports, social problems - in all these areas the Foundation prepares and carries out programs. As a whole, we aspire to build the activity in the form adequate to modern requirements - to reveal the problems available in society worrying people, prepare and carry out necessary measures on the way of resolution of the mentioned problem, achieve successful results. Today, we want to bring to your notice the results of this strategy of the Foundation.

First of all, about the education being one the priorities of our activity. Taking into account great value of education in development of our country, the last year in the given sphere, have been prepared and carried out some large-scale projects. It is the program "To the Renewed Azerbaijan - New School", arousing in our country very big resonance. Presenting for the first time the said program, we have carried out a "round-table". Many people did not trust, and concerned with doubt as how it can be, that within three-four months will be constructed 139 schools, besides, the majority of them - in the remote areas, in mountain areas of our country. But we have proved, that if there is belief and will, if there is ability correctly to manage work, any problem can find its resolution in the shortest terms.


Informing about execution of the programs, executive director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alekberov said creation of equal education possibilities, possession of young generation of knowledge, support to integration to the world education system is one of priorities of Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the new Azerbaijan society going in the way of economic development. The program `New school to new Azerbaijan` that the Foundation started to implement last year first phase of which is already over is aiming at the settlement of problems in this field.

To evaluate the real situation in this sphere the monitoring of secondary schools in the republic was held on the initiative of the president of the Foundation and it was defined that 132 school buildings are fully unsuitable in different regions. Projects of 100, 200 and 300-seat school buildings were presented in the round table held in June last year with participation of respective bodies, international organizations acting in the country in order to direct attention of different sections of society to this issue.

Executive director emphasized the calling of the president of the Foundation for the cooperation addressed to the society caused a big resonance. Construction of schools was widely spread in regions of Azerbaijan - in mountainous villages, remote settlements, modern buildings meeting the high standards were commissioned within short time in base of the projects.

Anar Alekberov noted the schools were supplied with modern appliances, rich libraries, heating, practical devices and computers, that thousands of schoolchildren welcomed the new school year in beautiful educational centers due to hard trouble of all the participants of the project that presented new school to new Azerbaijan.

Then previous and current states of a number of secondary school buildings in different districts were shown by the slides.


MEHRIBAN ALIYEVA noted the Foundation starts the implementation of the second stage of the program `New school to new Azerbaijan`. We want to ensure this year construction of more 100 school buildings. Schools located in settlements around Baku will be included in this program.

One of next programs in field of education is `Development of children homes and boarding schools`. This is almost one of the first programs of our Foundation and this is very precious and native to every employee of the Foundation. Because within this program we have attended almost every children home ad boarding school in Baku and Absheron. We always visit and children there are already very native to us. We are as if a family.


Coordinator of `Development of children homes and boarding schools` program Ilgar Mustafayev informed from the first days of its activity Heydar Aliyev Foundation shows care and attention to the children, specially to those in need. On this purpose `Development of children homes and boarding schools` program was developed by the initiative of the president of the Foundation. 4 major directions were determined in the program to solve the problems of children homes and boarding schools: technical support, education, health and public activity. Working group created in frame of the program held the monitoring of the current situation of children homes and boarding schools of the republic and found out the parameters such as number of children, food, clothes, technical devices, general circumstance (education, health, living, rest) that are provided by state annually. It was defined that vast majority of such child institutions need mostly fundamental repair and technical supply in the first stage.

Head of the Foundation has personally assigned to start the works within the program in direction of technical support at the children homes and boarding schools in Baku and many districts of the republic.

Then slides were shown on child institutions where reconstruction works were implemented, boarding schools supplied with new appliances and a number of transport devices.

The program coordinator stated the works we have done are not limited with technical support, libraries were created and ensured with relevant educational appliances and literary, computer appliances installed in many of children homes and boarding schools, classrooms were available for interactive education. Doctor and psychologist rooms were created in a number of them. Package of proposals was prepared in order to change the food norms at children homes and boarding schools.

Different celebrations are frequently organized for children trained in children homes and boarding schools, for IDP and refugee children and pupils distinguished in education. By the initiative of the president of the Foundation it is planned to create summer camp this year in Shuvalan settlement for the children home 1 in Nizami district in frame of the pilot project for effectively organizing the leisure and rest of children.

Talking of the necessity for creation of Special Resource Center in the capital, I.Mustafayev noted by this way it would be possible to hold training on application of modern education and training methods for trainers and teachers of children homes and boarding schools, implement more continuous actions in order to remove child traffic, use of child labor, violence against them and etc.


MEHRIBAN ALIYEVA: As I told, this is very precious program to us. But implementing all these actions we understand well that no well-repaired state institution supplied with appliances is a substitute for family atmosphere. That is why our biggest target is assurance of education of these children in family circumstance. Just on this purpose we successfully implement `deinstitutionalization program` along with UNICEF.


Another important event took place last year in life of Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Heydar Aliyev Foundation has almost begun international activity. In December last year the project document and cooperation agreement were signed between Heydar Aliyev Foundation and UNDP on assurance of access of blind and visually impaired persons to ICT.


Coordinator of the project `Assurance of access of blind and visually impaired persons to ICT` Anar Alekberov informed there are up to 40,000 visually impaired people in the republic, said the main goal of the project is to assist to blind and visually impaired persons by creating the mechanism of additional possibilities through the use of ICT to widen authorities of such groups of population and lift their employment.

In the first phase of the project ICT needs of visually impaired people in Azerbaijan will be defined in order to prepare and implement the national strategy to remove the Digital different for those people. In second stage Model ICT classroom will be created to use experience of local and international experts in field of education on purpose to install special computer appliances, localize (translate) the program assurance, ensure access to Internet, develop education and training programs by the group of experts. In the third stage blind and visually impaired people will be supplied with audio materials and Braille-font books in library and Training center that will be created for them.

The republican boarding school for blind and visually impaired people in Narimanov district of Baku has been determined as the place of the project. Reconstruction works are underway here at present. All the invalid people will take benefit of the wide opportunities of the project.


Employee of Culture department of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mahabbat Mehdiyeva talked of the projects implemented together with Azeri Culture Friends Foundation. She noted by the personal initiative of Mrs Aliyeva the round table was held with participation of famous figures of the music on development and propaganda of mugham, one of the pearls of national Azeri music, and foundation of International Mugham Center was laid in Baku city with participation of director general of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura.

`Singers of Garabagh` music album was released, repair and restoration works implemented at the house-museum of famous writer and pedagogue of Azerbaijan Abdulla Shaig, reconstruction works carried out in the public library in Mardakan settlement. Works on reconstruction of Pir Hasan sanctuary are to be completed. Jomardi Gassab Mausoleum in Ganca city was restored, mausoleum was set on the grave of Javad Khan, the last Ganca khan, Hazrati Zeynab Mosque was reconstructed.

Keeping loyalty to the big attention and care shown by great leader Heydar Aliyev to the war and labor veterans, sincere meeting was held at the Foundation with war veterans. The 120th jubilee of genius Azeri composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov, the 100th anniversary of academician Yusif Mammadaliyev were marked, album and CDs were released on the 50th joint activity of world-famous musicians Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife Galina Vishnevskaya.

It was informed nearly a thousand of visitors were familiarized with exposition of the Foundation during the report period. Museums or corners on Heydar Aliyev were created in Baku and other cities and districts of the republic, `Heydar Aliyev Heritage Study Center` opened at Azerbaijan Economic University together with Heydar Aliyev Foundation and works in this direction are continued.


MEHRIBAN ALIYEVA: One of the greatest projects started in 2005 is creation of Azerbaijan Regional Museum at Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Today you saw the model of the museum. Every visitors coming to our country, to the Foundation will have detailed information on history, culture, wealth, economy of various regions of Azerbaijan.


`Azerbaijan Regional Museum` project`s coordinator Parvina Ismailova informed the working group is created o local experts that will work on the project with SMA Design company of Great Britain. The target is to reflect the specific features of different regions of Azerbaijan, their history, social-economic state, flora and fauna, cultural and religious monuments, local traditions, ethnic groups, as well to propagate the works done by national leader Heydar Aliyev during his leadership in Azerbaijan for development of these regions, his rich heritage.

IT expert of the Foundation Azer Bayramov informed of the projects implemented on informing the world community of Azerbaijan realities. He informed `heydar-aliyev.org` internet portal was created in Azeri, English and Russian languages in 2005 on life and activity of national leader Heydar Aliyev. The portal includes speeches, interviews of national leader. The next project is development of web page of Heydar Aliyev Foundation called `heydar-aliyev-foundation.org`.

He said `Azerbaijan` internet portal was created by the initiative of the president of the Foundation that has no analogue in the republic for the volume of the materials contained, informed about its sections, `Voting` and `Forum` systems. It was noted `Azerbaijan` internet portal presented in 2005 won the E-attraction nominee of `Azerbaijan E-content 2005 Award` national contest.


Parvina Ismailova informed of a number of interesting publications released by the Foundation last year. `The true facts about Garabagh` collection was released in English. This publication consists of booklets `Brief information of history of Garabagh`, `Beginning of Garabagh conflict`, `Khojaly genocide`, `Consequences of Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan` and `Activity of Armenian terrorist organizations against Azerbaijan`. They will be published in French, Arab, German ad Russian languages as well. Second volume of the series of `The true facts about Garabagh` is already under preparation.

The book `Sanctuaries and war` developed together with experts from Human Rights Institute of Azerbaijan National Sciences Academy is about sanctuaries, destructed historical architectural monuments remained under occupation of enemy in Shusha, Lachin, Kalbajar, Agdam, Fuzuli and other districts of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenian armed forces.

Since the last year works are implemented on translation of several foreign publications into Azeri. As a contribution to military training and education of our youth serving in the army `Reference-book of the serviceman` and `Military oath` newspaper were published. The book on 1-year activity of Heydar Aliyev Foundation is interesting.


Expert of the Foundation Faig Tagizade, informing of the projects in field of health, said last year 310 diabetes-affected children aged under 14 were taken under patronage and they are provided with insulin. Construction of Thalassemia Center will start this year. Construction of Diagnostic Center is considered by initiative of the president of the Foundation.

In 2005 more than 3,000 people applied to the Foundation for treatment. All they were rendered high-level medical aid. Contacts have been established with medical institutions of foreign countries and we have possibility to send there some of ills.

President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation MEHRIBAN ALIYEVA summarized the event:

Beside the projects mentioned wide range of actions were implemented in field of improvement of social infrastructure. New motor ways were built, electricity supply improved, reconstruction of sewage system, construction of water pipelines and etc.

Dear guests, so, we presented to you directions of activity of Heydar Aliyev Foundation in 2005, results of programs and projects it implemented. Heydar Aliyev Foundation is one of the most active participants today in public life of our country and possesses great respect and support in the society due to its works. Saying these words I base on the hundreds of letters addressed to the Foundation. In those letters people from different regions of the country are interested in activity of the Foundation, express us their desires and requests. I want to assure the Foundation will continue its work in future just in this direction and function for prosperous future of Azerbaijan, happy present and future of Azeri people.

Today Heydar Aliyev Foundation is formed, professional and very reliable team. Taking this opportunity, I express my deep gratitude to all the employees of Heydar Aliyev Foundation. I think being devoted to the statehood ideas of Heydar Aliyev everyone working at Heydar Aliyev Foundation should show high patriotism and humanity.

Finally, I express my deep thanks to all the governmental and non-governmental organizations, diplomatic reps, domestic and foreign businessmen, organizations for cooperating with Heydar Aliyev Foundation. I consider such cooperation is very important step towards construction of civic society in our country.

So, our meeting is over. I wish you health, success and happiness in the New Year. Thank you so much.