UNICEF unites children from cross-border communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to achieve sustainable peace

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20 April 2017 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Kyrgyz Republic unites children and families, living in cross-border communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to promote peace by teaching them the language of friendship and collaboration.

In April 2017, 20 young people from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have participated in training on civic journalism in the Batken district. Young activists learn how to produce videos with the mobile phones to express their opinions. These videos will be about peace, interethnic friendship and tolerance.

Moreover, 23 schools in Batken region host photo exhibition "Peace and cooperation through the eyes of children and adolescents living in bordering areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan" comprised of drawings and photos by children, adolescents and young people from both countries.

“These photos, drawings and video materials show the shared values and culture of two countries, connected by neighborhood and family ties. They share joy and, in difficult moments, they support each other. It is very important for us that children from a young age understand and appreciate the importance of friendship both within the country and with other countries. I believe our initiative contributes to strengthened friendship between the border communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan", said Yukie Mokuo, Representative of UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan.

Also, this month the bordering villages host the festivals of friendship, sport activities and friendship events organized by youth and schoolchildren of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

All these events are part of “Cross-border Cooperation for Sustainable Peace and Development” implemented by UNDP, WFP, FAO, UNICEF, UN Women and funded by UN Peacebuilding Fund and the Swiss Embassy. The Programme aims to promote sustainable peace and development in the cross-border areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

For further information please contact:  Mavliuda Dzhaparova, UNICEF Kyrgyzstan:

tel: (0312) 611211 (ext. 288), 0777 919 143; e-mail: mdzhaparova@unicef.org