#WeAlmaty project promotes child-friendly development of Almaty

The 8th forum under the European Union’s project “WeAlmaty,” named “Almaty – a City for Children,” was held today in Almaty

26 February 2019
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Almaty, KAZAKHSTAN – The 8th forum under the European Union’s project “WeAlmaty,” named “Almaty – a City for Children,” was held today in Almaty. During the forum participants discussed issues related to the development of Almaty in line with the principles of the international Child-Friendly Cities Initiative. The initiative aims to improve a city’s infrastructure to make it possible for all children to feel safe and comfortable.

According to the research conducted, 58 percent of children think that the playgrounds in Almaty are of interest only for children under five. 52 percent of parents of adolescents aged 11-17 think that the greatest danger is posed by cars and road traffic. Many people mention constrained access to public transportation and risks for children when moving around the city on their own to attend supplementary education facilities. 

The forum is organised by the British Council, the Akimat of Almaty, the JSC “Almaty Development Centre” and the Kazakh British Technical University in collaboration with UNICEF Kazakhstan and Urban Forum Kazakhstan. The financial support for WeAlmaty in the amount of 430.000 euro is provided by the European Union.

The forum’s participants included children, being the main beneficiaries of the issue in question, as well as representatives of the Akimat of Almaty, international organisations, local and international experts and students. Also, during the forum the outcomes of the study of child-friendliness of Almaty’s city environment were presented that was conducted in 2018 by Urban Forum Kazakhstan and Urban Studies Centre of Almaty in partnership with UNICEF.

“The role of municipal authorities in creating child-friendly environment in cities can hardly be overestimated. Today it is important to recognise new challenges and more actively engage society and businesses in addressing issues related to children’s rights and safety as well as create opportunities for children, adolescents and youth to take part in a city’s life. We at UNICEF should point out that Almaty has very strong NGOs working on protecting children’s rights and their potential is important both for the city and for the country as a whole,” said Yuri Oksamitniy, UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan.

Sam Williams, an expert from Great Britain also spoke at the forum, who has a multi-year experience in working in projects dealing with the development of child-friendly public spaces. Currently Sam works as an independent consultant for the Playful Minds project in Billund, Denmark that is supported by the Billund Municipality and the LEGO Foundation and aims at making Billund the Capital of Children.

Contacts for media enquiries:

Elena Sim – Marketing and Communications Manager, British Council

E-mail: elena.sim@kz.britishcouncil.org

Phone: +7 701 765 05 10

Dinara Saliyeva – PR Specialist, UNICEF

E-mail: dsaliyeva@unicef.org

Elnara Bainazarova, Press and Information Officer of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan

E-mail: elnara.bainazarova@eeas.europa.eu

Тел.: +7 7172 974567

 

Notes for Editor

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The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.

Established in 2001 as a joint Kazakh-British project (its initial patrons included President Nursultan Nazarbayev), KBTU is one of the leading universities in Kazakhstan. The Dean of the Business School has a background in urban planning and regeneration, and KBTU has recently won a major tender to develop a technical ‘smart cities’ concept plan for the Akimat in partnership with IDC. The Business School also has a unique process to support business and IT students to start technology focused businesses in their final year through its Entrepreneurship and Investment Centre (EIC).

Joint Stock Company "Almaty City Development Center" was established on the basis of the ordinance of the Akimat of Almaty №2/331 as of May 30, 2008 with 100% state participation in the authorized capital. Almaty City Development Center was established to promote the sustainable social and economic development of the city and to increase competitiveness of the urban economy. The main instrument for achieving these goals is a consulting support for the development of strategic and program documents of Almaty city. Joint Stock Company "Almaty City Development Center" conducts analysis and monitoring of Almaty city indicators in international ratings, as well as research, development and implementation of innovative projects, including the "Smart Almaty" project.

An important aspect of the Center's activities is the implementation of projects and activities in the field of urban planning. In addition, the functions of the Center also include consulting and methodological support for the implementation of corporate governance principles in organizations with participation of the Akimat of Almaty and analysis of the quality of public services. 

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