Results of the Joint Projects in South Kyrgyzstan
The Government of the Russian Federation, UNICEF and WFP Present the Results of the Joint Projects in South Kyrgyzstan after the Events of 2010
Kyrgyzstan, Osh, 9 December 2011 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) present the results achieved for the funds provided by the Russian Federation to mitigate the consequences of the 2010 conflict for children and other vulnerable groups of population. The one day programme includes the hand-over of more than a hundred thousand textbooks in the Kyrgyz and Uzbek languages for students in South Kyrgyzstan.
The Ambassador of the Russian Federation ValentinVlasov, UNICEF and WFP representatives visited Children Infectious Diseases Hospital, Alymbekov (former Tolstoy) Secondary School, Panfilov Secondary School, Teacher Re-Training Institute of Osh province.
The results for children included the following:
• All the 585 schools of Osh province conducted community-led peace building activities including sport, art, photo-exhibitions, concerts and plays, friendship festivals, extra-curriculum classes, round-tables, debates and joint community-school social projects on improvement of the school gardens.
• Children’s psychosocial and developmental needs were addressed through newly created 15 pre-school children friendly spaces.
• All the 700 students of the former Tolstoy secondary school were provide with transportation to and from a neighbouring Uzbek language school during the winter period.
• To address a lack of textbooks in the Kyrgyz and Uzbek languages in schools, UNICEF supported the Ministry of Education and Science to print 112,500 school textbooks both in the Kyrgyz and Uzbek languages for 1261 secondary schools of Batken, Jalal-Abad and Osh provinces. For more information on Education in Emergency Programme click here.
• New ventilation improved school latrines and hand-washing facilities were constructed in 12 schools in Osh province. Sanitation infrastructure in eight health facilities and 16 schools and 2 kindergartens in Batken and Osh provinces were rehabilitated.
• Training for children in schools and kindergartens along with teachers and parents in Osh and Jalal-Abad were organised to improve hygiene and sanitation in schools.
• A baseline survey with all necessary trainings for the Government structures was conducted to identify the prevalence of parasitic diseases among school children.For more information on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme click here.
These and other activities contributed to speeding up the return to the normalcy in the community and the fulfillment of children’s rights to right to education for the most vulnerable. The improvement of latrines created bases for changing stereotypic neglectful attitude towards latrines, increasing confidence of children to demand their rights to have access to quality water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and reducing the risk of outbreaks of water and vector-borne diseases.