Children and Youth News

  • Youth showcase their vision of Global Goals in #WorldYouSee contest

    Four winners of #WorldYouSee, an online photography contest organised by the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub office, came together last week in Istanbul to receive their awards.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Employers’ Organizations Promote Enabling Environment for Business

    Key Employers’ Organizations in Kyrgyzstan have met in Bishkek to discuss the prerequisites for an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE) and the promotion of the National EESE Report.

  • WFP works with the Ministry of Education and Russian Federation to boost school meals in Kyrgyz schools

    The UN World Food Programme and the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science are expanding the Kyrgyz Republic’s school meals programme in the country’s poorest rural areas with financial and technical support from the Russian Federation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Two hundred world-renowned writers come together for children’s rights

    Paulo Coelho, Christina Lamb and Nuruddin Farah join writers around the world to pen ‘Tiny Stories’ highlighting the world they want for children. In Kyrgyzstan, Mar Baidjiev, Vyacheslav Shapovalov, Shailoobek Duysheev, Sadyk Sher-Niyaz and others join UNICEF’s initiative.

  • WFP and Pepsico foundation partner to introduce hot school meals

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, and the PepsiCo Foundation launched an initiative today to give 2,000 primary school students in the Kyrgyz Republic access to daily, hot school meals.

  • 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.

  • Kyrgyz Republic, Russia and WFP to scale up collaboration to promote social development

    The Kyrgyz Republic and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that social protection measures in the country will be amplified thanks through collaboration between WFP and the Government and with financial support from the Russian Federation.

  • 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.

  • UNICEF and Red Jolbors Fest honour best advertisers for promoting social issues in Central Asia

    The fifth annual Red Jolbors Fest – the leading festival of advertising and marketing in Central Asia - awarded best social ads produced by creators from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. The Red Jolbors Fest gathered over 300 communication professionals from creative agencies, production studios, PR companies as well as representatives of the corporate sector in Kyrgyzstan. This year, the Festival celebrated its 5th birthday and the 70th anniversary of UNICEF to raise awareness on the importance of promoting children’s rights and attracting public attention to urgent social issues using ads for good.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Back to school: Remedial classes for working children begin in Kyrgyzstan

    The evening remedial classes, which are equivalent to 8-10 grades, offer thousands of children in the Central Asian country the chance to return to the classroom and complete their education. The classes follow the formal schooling process with a standardized curriculum and school leaving certificates.