1 million school children trained on reacting to emergency situations

17 May 2024
children in kindergarten
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

UNICEF has successfully completed a four-year project on improving safety of schools in response to emergency situations and disasters. As part of the project, 1 million school children learned about safety during emergency situations and 600 schools received equipment to ensure readiness. The project was funded by the Government of Japan and implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Education and Science, and the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan (RCSK).

UNICEF and RCSK volunteers conducted training sessions and simulation exercises in almost 2,000 schools and kindergartens across Kyrgyzstan. School children and staff learned about key elements of different emergency situations and ways to behave to stay safe. During the simulations, the participants paid special attention to children with disabilities so that the safety measures met their requirements.

Ambassador of Japan to the Kyrgyz Republic Goda Hideki noted that the issue of climate change and related risks of disasters is a global issue, including for Kyrgyzstan. “Reduction of climate and disaster risks is critically important to the Kyrgyz Republic. This is the reason why this project is a timely and effective one” he said.

In addition to training sessions, UNICEF has also equipped 600 schools across Kyrgyzstan sirens, special doors fitted for emergency exits and various tools . This equipment has helped to significantly improve the safety measures in these schools. One school in Ak-Say village of Batken region was connected to the national emergency warning system through specialized equipment. 

“Children are the most vulnerable group in the face of any disaster, especially in closed spaces and buildings. Equipping children with the right knowledge to react in such situations is critical for their safety and survival. UNICEF is proud to work with schools across the country to help them become safer”, said Samman Jung Thapa, Representative of UNICEF to Kyrgyzstan.

The four-year project was carried in close collaboration with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Education and Science, and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ecology and Technical Oversight. 

Minister of Emergency Situations Boobek Ajikeev noted that training of children in reacting to various is emergency situations like fires and earthquakes is critical.

Minister of Education Dogdurkul Kinderbaeva thanked the partners involved in this project and noted that the importance of continuing the work in this direction. “Safety of schools is priority stressed by the President. It’s not enough just to build new schools, we must also make sure that we are all trained on responding to emergency situations” she said.  

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Kairatbek Murzakimov
Communications, Advocacy and Partnerships Officer
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

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