UNICEF supports a public hearing on the ‘School without Violence’ initiative in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, 25 January 2013 – A public round table discussion on the “Challenges and Perspectives of Introducing the School without Violence Education Model in general educational organizations of the Kyrgyz Republic” is taking place in Bishkek today. It aims at a review of the implementation of the Resolution of the Parliament hearing of Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic “On Urgent Problems of School Education” dated 22 November 2011.
The organizers of the Round Table are the Education, Science, Culture and Sport Committee of KR Jogorku Kenesh, the KR Ombudsman’s Office, the KR Ministry of Education and Science, UNICEF and the Child Rights Defenders’ League.
The following representatives are invited to the event: members of Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic, Vice-Prime Minister Talieva K.A., officials of the President’s Office, the Government Office, the KR Prosecutor General’s Office, the non-governmental sector, senior officials of ministries, agencies and schools implementing the program.
The keynote speakers at the Round Table on implementation of resolutions of the KR Parliament hearings will be Vice-Prime Minister Talieva K.A., the Minister of Education and the Minister of the Interior. The KR Ombudsman will present findings of the monitoring, and the Child Rights Defenders’ League PF will present proposals for further introduction of School without Violence.
Presently, the educational environment in the schools of Kyrgyzstan is not safe for children. The state and the median should work to prevent negative phenomena in teenage environments such as school racket, violence and legal nihilism using modern methods. These includes taking into account the interests and psychology of youth as well as bridging legal regulation gaps and deficiencies of law enforcement practice.
A solution to this problem is offered by an educational program model “School without Violence” based on Serbian experience in ensuring safety for school children at children’s institutions. This model is being tested by the Child Rights Defenders’ League PF at the initiative of the Ombudsman’s Office with support of UNICEF. This project started in March 20122 initially in four schools and in 2012 was extended to 16 additional schools in four provinces of the country (Chui, Issyk-Kul, Osh, Jalal-Abad) and the cities of Osh and Bishkek.
The Steering Committee of the School without Violence Program implemented in pilot schools includes the Ombudsman, the UNICEF Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic, senior officials of the Ministries of Education, Interior, Social Development and the State Agency for Construction and Regional Development. They signed the Memorandum of Understanding (11 November 2011) regulating goals, objectives and responsibilities of the parties. In 2012, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Youth joined the MOU.
The public hearing is an opportunity to strengthen engagement of various sectors and invite people of Kyrgyzstan to join the process of ending school violence. UNICEF OIC Representative Raoul de Torcy points out that “Multisectorial collaboration is critical for effective prevention and response to school violence whereby local communities take an active part in stopping violence and demonstrating zero tolerance to violence by speaking up”.
For further information, please contact the Coordinator and Assistant of the School without Violence program:
Tel: 0312 44 25 10 (ext.103)