A City School Olympiad, dubbed “Jiloi Donish” (The Light if Knowledge), has kicked off in Dushanbe.

An official source within the Dushanbe Education Directorate says 5,768 school students from four Dushanbe’s districts are participating in the Olympiad that kicked off on January 2 and will run through January 6. 

The Olympiad is being held in  thirteen disciplines and 3,783 of 5,768 students are reportedly competing in social-and-humanitarian disciplines, and 1,986 other school students are competing in the natural-and-mathematical disciplines.    

The winners of the City School Olympiad will have an opportunity to participate in the Republican School Olympiad, the source added.    

Recall, by president’s decree issued on January 1, 2024 three republican contests, namely “Furughi Subhi Donoi Kitob Ast” (Knowledge Is a Shine of Dawn), “Tojikiston -- Vatani Azizi Man” (Tajikistan Is My Native Land), and “Ilm – Furughi Marifat” (Science Is the Beacon of Knowledge), will be held in Tajikistan this year. 

The Tajik president’s official website says relevant government bodies are ordered to hold these contests at a high organizational level in all regions of the country.

The Ministry of Finance is ordered to allocate 3.785 million somonis to carry out the “Tojikiston -- Vatani Azizi Man” contest, 4.570 million somonis to carry out the “Furughi Subhi Donoi Kitob Ast” contest, and 4.085 million somonis to carry out the “Ilm – Furughi Marifat” contest.

In all, almost 12.5 million somonis will be provided for the holding of these contests from the Reserve Fund of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.