Experts meet to improve family education in Uzbekistan
Tashkent, June 24, 2009. A two day National Conference on the Family Education Programme (FEP) was opened today in Tashkent. The conference is g organized jointly by UNICEF and the Women’s Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Participants from the Ministries of Health and Education, Women’s Committee, Hakimats, International experts, and UNICEF are attending the conference.
FEP is being implemented by the Government of Uzbekistan with technical support from UNICEF Uzbekistan in response to the country’s need to empower families to address issues that affect children’s health, growth and development. The project gives an excellent opportunity to reach all families to improve early childhood development and child rearing practices in communities.
The Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan initiated implementation of the FEP in 2003 initially in six neighbourhoods in three regions of the Country. The programme gradually expanded to six Regions of the Country with the active support and contributions of local authorities, community advisers, health workers and preschool teachers. The Conference is being held to discuss progress so far been made, lessons learned, and potentials for expansion of the FEP to all the Regions of the Country during the next phase of six years of collaboration between UNICEF and the Government of Uzbekistan.
“As the needs of families are changing, so is the family education programme. The FEP programme offers an unique opportunity to reach to the families with appropriate messages,”- said Mahboob Shareef, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. “Experts here will refocus on importance of the FEP to better meet families needs and further develop early learning standards for Uzbekistan’s children.”
FEP National Conference will serve as an excellent advocacy and communication tool for further project development and expansion. Through presentations, focus group discussions, exhibitions and informal communication there will be an invaluable opportunity created for experience exchange among FEP experts, trainers, volunteers, Government representatives from pilot regions, and districts, representatives from Women’s Committee, Ministry of Public Education and Ministry of Health, community leaders, as well as among other interested specialists, local and international organizations.
FEP National Conference is seen as a bridge to link the communities with ongoing programs being implemented by State organizations, NGOs, national and international organizations. The conference will also provide a good basis for UNICEF and partners to deliberate on potential synergies, comparative advantages and common opportunities to improve the situation of young children in Uzbekistan.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For more information please contact:
UNICEF Uzbekistan Office, 43, Istiklol Street, Tashkent
Shakhlo Ashrafkhanova, Program Officer, Family and Community Empowerment,
Nargiza Egamberdieva, Communication Assistant,