Public officials learn about child-friendly social and economic policy in Kazakhstan
Joint press-release of the National Commission on Family Affairs and Gender Policy under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Republic of Kazakhstan
ASTANA, 4 September 2007 – The participants of a four-day training on planning, implementation and monitoring of social and economic programmes in the best interests of children and families at the local level, that is being held on 4-9 September 2007 in Borovoe, are having an opportunity to improve their knowledge on child-friendly social policy in Kazakhstan.
The training is co-organized by the National Commission for Family Affairs and Gender Policy under the auspices of the Republic of Kazakhstan and UNICEF in Kazakhstan Country Office.
This event is aimed at increasing the professionalism of public officials who represent social ministries, regional and city local authorities, and non-governmental organizations, and work in the area of planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes for children in social, economic and budgeting sectors, and at improving the quality of life of the noted beneficiaries.
“It is gratifying that the improvement of quality of life of Kazakhstani citizens, protection of motherhood and childhood are among the most important and paramount goals that are permanently on the President’s and the Government’s agendas in Kazakhstan” – said the UNICEF Representative in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Alexandre Zouev. “The participants of the training, held these days, will get necessary knowledge in the area of child-friendly state social and economic policy, which will result in increasing their professionalism and, hence, contribute to the realization of the reforms aimed at the improvement of the situation with children and families in the country” – he continued.
The Chairperson of the National Commission for Family Affairs and Gender Policy under the auspices of the President of the RK, Ms. Aitkul Samakova, who also highly appreciates this initiative, has confirmed that the seminar, which is an integral part of the joint action of the Commission and UNICEF within the Gender Equality Strategy, “will significantly contribute to the preparation of a new generation of public managers who will be able to realize the political and economic potential of the country to the benefit of children”.
Furthermore, the training is a logical follow-up of the dialogue that was carried out at the international conference on child-friendly budget policy (CFB) first held in Kazakhstan in April 2007. “It is an important fact that the seminar will contribute to the promotion and implementation of the CFB international conference’s recommendations, and the recommendations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in June 2007 in respect to Kazakhstan”, - Mr. Zouev added. The CRC has recommended that Kazakhstan should strengthen the skills of local governments in planning and management of budgets that address the needs of children and families.
Upon completion of the training the organizers plan to finalize the training module with the assistance of Kazakhstani and international experts, and pass it on to higher educational establishments of the country that train civil servants with a view to incorporate it into their curricula.
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