Children and Youth News

  • Every child needs a family: promoting family care through football

    Every child needs a family: promoting family care through football

    BISHKEK, 5 October 2016 - Today, President of the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic Semetei Sultanov, Representative of UNICEF in the Kyrgyz Republic Yukie Mokuo, coach of the national team of Lebanon Miodrag Radulovic and coach of the national football team of the Kyrgyz Republic Alexander Kristinin spoke at the press conference on the eve of the friendly football match Kyrgyzstan – Lebanon.

  • Kyrgyz children join the World’s Largest Lesson

    Kyrgyz children join the World’s Largest Lesson

    Bishkek, 6 October 2016 - Conducting the World’s Largest Lesson has become a tradition in Kyrgyzstan. This year, it was organized by the UN agencies, including UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science. Like in many countries around the world, it aims to teach a lesson, introducing students to the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • UN Women presents a film "Cool Five" about young girls successful in their studies and lives

    UN Women presents a film "Cool Five" about young girls successful in their studies and lives

    UN Women decided to use “innovative way” by using “positive deviants”, who regardless of existing challenges in the community are reaching success and acting as positive role models for youth of Kyrgyzstan.

  • 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.

  • UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children

    UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children

    The world’s largest children’s organization was established on 11 December 1946 to bring help and hope to children suffering in the aftermath of WWII NEW YORK, 11 December 2016 – On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.

  • Uniform standards for child development from 0 to 3 years presented in Kyrgyzstan

    Uniform standards for child development from 0 to 3 years presented in Kyrgyzstan

    Bishkek, 21 November 2016 – Today, experts from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) presented standards for child development from birth to 3 years in Kyrgyzstan. The presentation took place at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs, Education, Science, Culture and Public Health. Based on approved standards, experts have developed a manual on early child development from 0 to 3 years, and a diary on child development from 0 to 7 years. The presentation was dedicated to the Universal Children's Day – 20 November, when the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted.

  • Kyrgyzstan marks World Prematurity Day

    Kyrgyzstan marks World Prematurity Day

    Complications of premature birth are the main cause of death for more than 1 million children under the age of 5 every year worldwide. In Kyrgyzstan, some 8000 babies are born prematurely. Bishkek, 17 November 2016: Every year, some 8000 children are born prematurely in Kyrgyzstan (4.8 per cent of all births). The survival rate of children weighing 500 to 1500 grams is 49.2 per cent.

  • 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.

  • 77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF

    77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF

    NEW YORK, 29 July 2016 – Some 77 million newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them of the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protect them from disease and death, UNICEF said.

  • 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...

  • Give teenage girls a voice!

    Give teenage girls a voice!

    In 2016 the theme for the World Population Day is “Investing in teenage girls”. On this day, United Nations Population Fund UNFPA draws attention of the society to such issues as needs and challenges that face teenage girls.

  • 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.

  • British Ambassador Robin Ord-Smith and UNICEF Representative Yukie Mokuo visiting Batken province

    British Ambassador Robin Ord-Smith and UNICEF Representative Yukie Mokuo visiting Batken province

    As part of a wider Ambassadorial visit to the South, H.E. Robin Ord-Smith will join the UNICEF Representative from 13-14 June to witness the results of past projects implemented by UNICEF with the UK Embassy’s support.

  • 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.

  • Invest in better social protection for the most disadvantaged children: UNICEF

    Invest in better social protection for the most disadvantaged children: UNICEF

    Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Report launched today.

  • EU and UNICEF renews partnership to protect children from disasters in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus

    EU and UNICEF renews partnership to protect children from disasters in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus

    The joint initiative will directly benefit more than 2,500 children and teachers in disaster-prone communities as well as representatives from national and local governments in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

  • Challenge the social norms in Kyrgyzstan with the first TEDxYouth event

    Challenge the social norms in Kyrgyzstan with the first TEDxYouth event

    Over 300 hundred young people from across Kyrgyzstan attended a live broadcast of the #TEDxYouthBishkek organized by UNICEF and partners.

  • 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.

  • Making Girls Count in the Sustainable Development Goals Era

    Making Girls Count in the Sustainable Development Goals Era

    Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2016. “Is anyone out there even thinking of improving our lives?” asks Susmita, a teenager from Odisha, India.

  • Refugee kids escorted National football players on to the pitch

    Refugee kids escorted National football players on to the pitch

    Under UNICEF’s program, that promotes family unity and values “Every child needs family” and in collaboration with UNHCR, two refugee children were invited to the soccer game to escort football players onto the pitch.