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National Forum to cast light on the fate of children in residential institutions in Kyrgyzstan and push for change

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 29 May 2012 - A one-day National Forum on Children’s Residential Institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic will reveal an alarming increase in the number of children in institutions, the threatening conditions in which these children live and the proliferation of under-regulated private institutions. The Forum aims to define a strategic vision to improve the child care system in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The forum will be launched with a showing of one-minute films produced by children from institutions. The children's perspectives and dreams will be followed by opening remarks from the Vice Speaker of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the UNICEF Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The participants, who will include the Minister of Social Development, Minister of Education and Science, Minister of Health, and representatives of civil society organizations and the donor community will learn the disturbing findings of recent research on the situation of children in Kyrgyzstan’s residential institutions. The research was conducted by the NGO "My Family" with support from UNICEF and the Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Education and Science.

The discussion of future strategic directions in this area will be also informed by presentations on best practices from other countries such as the Republic of Georgia, which has undergone intensive child care reform in past years.

The Forum is part of an ongoing joint Programme of the Government and UNICEF in the Kyrgyz Republic aimed at ensuring equitable, quality and responsive systems for children.





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