Grade nine student Annayeva Ashirgul and her 320 classmates now go to school full time.
Before their new school was built in the village of Belek in December 2012, students would go to school in shifts. The old school could not accommodate all the children at the same time, and was in need of major repairs.
"Classes in the second shift affected the quality of Ashirgul’s learning and organization of her educational process as a whole," says Ashirgul’s mother, Annayeva Bayramgul.
"As any other child, she wanted to have rest from school in the evening, enjoy the company of friends and family, and morning time was never enough for doing school homework."
The villagers prioritized their development needs and came up with a plan - anew school was at the top of the list, as well as getting a regular supply of electricity and water to a number of homes in more remote areas of the village.
"Our proposal to build a new school was included in the socio-economic development plan for our village, that we called ‘The Future Model of My Village’," says chairman of the Belek village council, Suleiman Begliyev.