Seventeenth new youth centre opened in South Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 7 December 2011 – UNICEF Representative, US Ambassador and the Minister of Youth Affairs officially opened a new youth centre in Osh-town for all young people regardless of their ethnic and social backgrounds to let them interact and acquire important skills for their development. It is a part of the UNICEF “Youth, Livelihood and Peacebuilding” project which is aimed at the reduction and prevention of social tension and promotion of peace and unity of the society.
Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic in his opening speech emphasised: “Young people do not become active and responsible citizens overnight; they must be empowered to learn and practice citizenship on their way to adulthood. As young people are a national resource for peace and democracy, it is important that they are given the means to channel their energy towards positive activities for the betterment of their lives and the community. This youth center is a place that serves this purpose”.
“The center must be inclusive and non-discriminatory. It must create an enabling environment for the most vulnerable young men and women in the community, such as the ones with disabilities, the ones who have dropped out of school and the ones who are unemployed. Active young people should engage in mobilising their vulnerable peers, ensuring that they feel included and empowered” he added.
The project started in April 2011. Since then, eight youth centres have opened in Osh province and nine centres have been established in Jalal-Abad province. The project is supported also by USAID, the Ministry of Youth Affairs, provincial and local authorities and social society. DCCA Foundation is implementing this project in Osh province. For more information about the centres please click here.