Children and Youth News

  • Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries with low breastfeeding rates

    Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries with low breastfeeding rates

    Bishkek, 1 August 2017 –UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO) jointly with other academic institutions have conducted research “The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard” which evaluated 194 nations and found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breast milk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent.

  • Countries meet to accelerate progress in maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus

    Countries meet to accelerate progress in maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus

    BISHKEK, 20 July 2017 - Health experts from around the world have come together in Bishkek to an intercountry Symposium to discuss ways and opportunities to accelerate maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus regions, all part of the strategy to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • More than half of young children deprived of play and early learning activities with their fathers - UNICEF

    More than half of young children deprived of play and early learning activities with their fathers - UNICEF

    BISHEK/NEW YORK, 16 June 2017 – More than half – or 55 per cent - of children aged between 3 and 4 years-old in 74 countries – approximately 40 million – have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new UNICEF analysis. In Kyrgyzstan, 61 per cent of children of this age lack play and early learning activities with their fathers.

  • Peacebuilding programme for youth launched by UNICEF and the UK Government in Kyrgyzstan

    Peacebuilding programme for youth launched by UNICEF and the UK Government in Kyrgyzstan

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 18 July 2017 – A new programme for youth and children to build social cohesion and prevent violence was announced today in Bishkek by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the UK’s Department for International Development and UNICEF.

  • UNICEF and the European Union strengthen the resilience of 700,000 children to cope with natural disasters in Central Asia and the South Caucus

    UNICEF and the European Union strengthen the resilience of 700,000 children to cope with natural disasters in Central Asia and the South Caucus

    BRUSSELS/ BISHKEK, 6 July 2017 – More than 1 million people including 700,000 children are better prepared to cope with natural disasters in eight countries prone to earthquakes, floods and landslides in Central Asia and the South Caucus as the result of a UNICEF programme supported by the European Union.

  • UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Afshan Khan visits Kyrgyzstan for first time

    UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Afshan Khan visits Kyrgyzstan for first time

    Batken/Osh/Bishkek, 13 July 2017 – UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Afshan Khan will visit Kyrgyzstan from 13 to 18 July, 2017.

  • In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

    In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

    A UN Women programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. Initiatives such as “My Safe and Peaceful School” and “My Prosperous Farm” are teaching respectful relationships, life and livelihood skills to young people in remote villages, building a better future for all.

  • Brand new pre-school facility to open in Jel Aryk

    Brand new pre-school facility to open in Jel Aryk

    Children of pre-school education will go to brand new facility in Jel-Aryk village of the Kyzyl-Oktyabr Ayil Aimak very soon. In the energy efficient building constructed by UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic, they will learn early environmental education program.

  • Early Response to Early Marriages

    Early Response to Early Marriages

    Every so often, browsing news feeds, I think about how the information life is short-lived. Daily news are being lost so much in other news and it seems that human mind can fit everything, nevertheless how is it analyzed and conclusions made after all, since there are in the queue dozens of other news?

  • Garage start-up

    Garage start-up

    Bekzhan Arakeev (22 years old) is a young already well-known entrepreneur in Yzar village of Jalal-Abad province. He is an initiator of the successful project on creating the plastic windows and doors manufacturing workshop. This specialized workshop is the first in Yzar village, where there are 3173 residents, and it becomes more popular day by day among the villagers. For him, the UNDP project “Youth for peaceful change” at the expense of the UN Peacebuilding Fund has become the main tool to achieve his ideas and funding, that gave him an opportunity to not only become independent but also widely share information about the opportunities for active youth.

  • In Kyrgyz mountain village hospital, UNICEF  helps resuscitators save child lives

    In Kyrgyz mountain village hospital, UNICEF helps resuscitators save child lives

    ‘We don’t forget these cases’, says Dr. Arstanbek Karybekov. ‘When we save a child’s life, we feel such joy; the child’s family becomes our family.’ Thanks to a UNICEF-supported effort to bring down child mortality in Kyrgyzstan, he and his colleagues are now able to save lives they could not before.

  • On Kyrgyz-Tajik border, peaceful relations are built with mortar and bricks

    On Kyrgyz-Tajik border, peaceful relations are built with mortar and bricks

    Tairbek Abdilashim uulu, 22, lives in a village in south Kyrgyzstan, a few hundred meters from the Tajikistan border. “It’s so close, but until a couple of years ago, we didn’t interact with our neighbors; we didn’t even say hello,” the 22-year-old recalls.

  • Children with Disabilities: Home Sweet Home

    Children with Disabilities: Home Sweet Home

    Her smile of welcome floods the room like the sun piercing through a long night. She hugs us, snaps a selfie, and breaks into a brash but pitch-perfect rendition of a hit by the popular American singer, Ariana Grande. She grabs her late model smartphone. Her fingers fly as she edits a video, a skill she learned at a recent UNICEF workshop to teach young people technical skills and give them a voice in issues that affect them.

  • Investing in teenage girls for a more just, stable and peaceful world

    Investing in teenage girls for a more just, stable and peaceful world

    The teenage years are for some girls a time of exploration, learning and increasing autonomy. But for many others, it is a time of increasing vulnerability and exclusion from rights and opportunities, or just plain discrimination...

  • Talking menstruation

    Talking menstruation

    Some girls suffer so much that in some cases even commit suicide. Why? Because they are having their period for the first time. In Kyrgyzstan, many young girls are not aware of menstruation, nobody talks to them about this and they are left alone with their fear.

  • When you dream...

    When you dream...

    “My mother left me when I was a 1 year old baby… Recently she has found me and wants to stay in contact with me. I don’t know whether I should ask her to apologize or not...

  • Working children in Kyrgyzstan

    Бул басылма Кыргыз Республикасынын Улуттук статистика комитети тарабынан Эл аралык эмгек уюмунун (ЭЭУ) финансылык жана техникалык колдоосу менен жүргүзүлгөн Иштеген балдардын экинчи улуттук изилдөөсүнүн жыйынтыктарын көрсөтөт. Бул отчет иштеген балдар жөнүндө маалыматтарда болгон кенемтелерди толтурат жана балдарды коргоо саясатын жана стратегиясын иштеп чыгуу үчүн ишенимдүү маалыматтарды берет, ошондой эле ЭЭУнун № 138 жана № 182 конвенцияларын аткаруудагы прогресстин деңгээлин баалоого мүмкүнчүлүк түзөт. Бул публикация авторлор жана консультанттар тобу тарабынан МОТ-ИПЕК учун иштелип чыкан. 2014-2015 жылдардагы балдар эмгегинин изилдөөсү Иштеген балдардын экинчи улуттук изилдөөсү болуп саналат.

  • Situation Analysis of Children in the Kyrgyz Republic

    Situation Analysis of Children in the Kyrgyz Republic

    Since conducting Situation Assessment of Children in 2011, the situation of children in the Kyrgyz Republic has improved in some areas. More children are surviving and gaining access to preschool education, and many more are enjoying access to adequate sources of water supply and sanitation, and are enrolling in primary school.

  • Analysis of the situation of children’s residential institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic

    Analysis of the situation of children’s residential institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic

    This research report fills current gaps in national data on children in child care residential institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic and provides an analysis of the situation in the institutions.

  • In Kyrgyzstan, courts become child friendly

    In Kyrgyzstan, courts become child friendly

    Bishkek, 15 December 2016 – In the course of just a few months, 11 courts in Kyrgyzstan have introduced child friendly facilities and procedures for children in contact with the law. The reform builds on UNICEF support. In March 2016, the Leninskiy district court in Bishkek first introduced a child friendly court model, developed by UNICEF in partnership with national authorities, with UK Government support. The model aims to promote child friendly justice for children in conflict with the law, and child sensitive procedures for children who have witnessed or been victim of crime.