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Community kindergartens address preschool education gap in Kyrgyzstan

  • Kyrgyz mountain village is unlikely base for Australian child disability specialist

    May 29, 2017

    Kyrgyz mountain village is unlikely base for Australian child disability specialist

    The number of children with cerebral palsy is several times higher in Kyrgyzstan than in Western countries. At a Soviet-era sanatorium, located in a remote mountain valley, an Australian paediatrician is introducing new approaches to prevention and rehabilitation.

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

    May 7, 2017

    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.

  • Vitamin enriched flour to help prevent birth defects in Kyrgyzstan

    Mar 6, 2017

    Vitamin enriched flour to help prevent birth defects in Kyrgyzstan

    Two-month-old Abdurahim was born with spina bifida and is awaiting surgery. The risk of birth defects such as these increases when a mother has a diet low in nutrients. In an effort to improve pregnant women’s nutrition, large mills in Kyrgyzstan are obliged by law to fortify flour with folic acid. UNICEF is working to help the Government enforce the law and raise awareness among mothers.

  • In Kyrgyzstan, becoming multilingual is child’s play

    Dec 19, 2016

    In Kyrgyzstan, becoming multilingual is child’s play

    Sakhiba Abdullaeva looks around at the four-year-olds sitting in a half circle in front of her, and she can tell that some of them did not understand what she just explained in Russian. The teacher promptly picks up a green scarf and puts it on. It’s not just any scarf – it’s the one that tells the children she’s now an Uzbek speaker. She repeats her explanation, now in their native tongue, before taking off the scarf and once again repeating it in Russian – and the faces light up in comprehension.

  • Children with Disabilities: Home Sweet Home

    Dec 19, 2016

    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.

  • The speech of E. Abdyldaev at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly

    Nov 1, 2016

    The speech of E. Abdyldaev at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly

    The speech of E. Abdyldaev is published in full and without any adjustments: «Allow me, first of all, to congratulate Mr. Peter Thompson on his election as the Chairman of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. Also, allow me to thank the Chairman of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly Mr. Mogens Lykketoft for productive governance of its work. Kyrgyzstan supports the topic of the current discussion «Sustainable Development Goals: overall efforts to change the world» which is considered timely in light of the adoption of the seventeen Sustainable development goals and Paris climate change agreement in 2015.

  • “Boys have more apples than girls in math examples - textbooks are not sensitive!" - uttered a participant at the meeting with the MPs.

    Oct 12, 2016

    “Boys have more apples than girls in math examples - textbooks are not sensitive!" - uttered a participant at the meeting with the MPs.

    I remember the song from our childhood “the girls are made of flowers and bells”. ”. This is a wrong meaning- today girls are involved in development of the country and one of good examples - girls-assistants to police. Therefore flowers are not to compare the girls with.

  • Representation of both genders means equal opportunities in the decision-making

    Oct 6, 2016

    Representation of both genders means equal opportunities in the decision-making

    A two–day workshop “Gender rating of political parties: achievements, challenges and pro-spects” was held on October 6–7, 2016 with the financial support of the Government of Roma-nia and the United Nations Development Program.

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

    Jul 11, 2016

    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...

  • World Refugee Day Remarks by Mr. Jenish Razakov, Governor of Batken Province of the Kyrgyz Republic

    Jun 20, 2016

    World Refugee Day Remarks by Mr. Jenish Razakov, Governor of Batken Province of the Kyrgyz Republic

    Dear ladies and gentlemen, Today the world is observing the World Refugee Day. I am proud to say that the Kyrgyz Republic is fulfilling its commitments in addressing refugee issues. Following the accession in 1996 to the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees, the Kyrgyz Republic was the first country in Central Asia to adopt a national law on refugees in 2002.

  • Talking menstruation

    Jun 19, 2016

    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.

  • We are the descendants of migrating peoples...

    Jun 15, 2016

    We are the descendants of migrating peoples...

    I am often mistaken as a Kyrgyz on the streets of Bishkek and people casually talk to me in languages I unfortunately cannot understand. But now I am convinced that the Japanese and Kyrgyz are related! We are the decedents of migrating peoples, spreading ancient music and rich culture across the vast land...

  • Open data goes mobile

    May 5, 2016

    Open data goes mobile

    The creation of mobile application with statistical data will be one of the first steps towards the implementation of the concept of open data in Kyrgyzstan...

  • Early Response to Early Marriages

    Mar 29, 2016

    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?

  • Stats on the go

    Feb 15, 2016

    Stats on the go

    The concept of open data, reflecting the idea that information should be made available in machine-readable format for further use and distribution without copyright restrictions, patents or other controls, is widespread throughout the world. Government initiatives such as Data.gov influenced the growth of interest in open data. In turn, these initiatives contribute to the improvement and acceleration of the economies of countries that have adopted the principles of open data. Thus, according to research institute ETLA, small and medium enterprises that have access to public data, in the year grew by 15% more than the businesses that could not obtain such data.

  • If nobody respects the laws, why should I be the first one?

    Feb 3, 2016

    If nobody respects the laws, why should I be the first one?

    The road to an effective Rule of Law in the Kyrgyz Republic and elsewhere is a difficult one. The first obstacle is probably the pessimism about the public respect of the Laws...

  • When you dream...

    Jan 25, 2016

    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...

  • Ban Ki-moon: What I Expect From the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

    Nov 25, 2015

    Ban Ki-moon: What I Expect From the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

    For the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front-lines of climate change, and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response

  • A Kyrgyz TV series to challenge men’s world

    Nov 4, 2015

    A Kyrgyz TV series to challenge men’s world

    When I entered this room, I realized that the decorations look very familiar to me. I recalled the scenery from a TV Channel 10 comedy sequel that is being screened once a week on the TV local channel.

  • South-South Cooperation: INDIA

    Sep 20, 2015

    South-South Cooperation: INDIA

    Interview with UNDP Kyrgyzstan Senior Management on their recent trip to India to explore the opportunities for cooperation between UNDP offices in these two countries.