Results of the joint project between the Government of Japan and UNICEF
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic - On the 11-12 February 2014 the H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Takayuki Koike, the UNICEF Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Jonathan Veitch, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education Ms. Dokdurgul Kendirbaeva and Founder of “Initiatives of Roza Otunbaeva” Foundation Ms. Roza Otunbaeva will visit Jalal-Abad oblast for the review of the “Establishment of Child-Friendly Learning Spaces through Rehabilitation of Educational Institutions" joint project between the Government of Japan and UNICEF.
The delegation will visit two schools and one preschool in Suzak Ayil Okmoty, which were renovated and the water and sanitation infrastructure were improved. Also, these education facilities were equipped with new furniture. Children had training on hygiene and improved personal hygiene habits, teachers received UNICEF hygiene promotion manuals. The overall budget spent for intervention on these 3 sites is US$ 178,963.
In 2012 the Government of Japan granted US$ 4,373,000 to UNICEF to support the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic in improving the learning environment in schools and preschools, as allowed for in the current Joint Cooperation Agreement between UNICEF and the Government of Kyrgyzstan. This project benefits more than 25,000 children in 41 schools and 12 preschools in disadvantaged communities in Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken provinces during the period of 2012 to 2014.
Support for the schools includes: repair of heating systems, and classrooms; construction of toilets and hand-washing facilities; provisioning of furniture; and a learning and methodological component for teachers. The project foresees active participation and engagement of children, school teachers, parents, and community members to restore and maintain child-friendly school environments and to contribute to community led peace and tolerance building amongst children.
The project follows the UNICEF equity focus which seeks to understand and address the root causes of inequity so that all children, particularly those who most at risk from failed social mechanisms, benefit from services.
See more about the results of the project in prezi presentation