BISHKEK, 17 March 2018 - The National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) released a special episode of the animated series ‘Keremet Koch’ explaining financial literacy to young children. The launch was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the national currency Kyrgyz Som and the World Money Week.
Using the main characters Aktan and Akylay of this famous Kyrgyz cartoon, children have been introduced in an engaging way to value of money, national currency, family budget, and learnt how to manage money properly.
Over 100 children and the representatives of state bodies, international organizations and media outlets attended the premier. Chairman of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr.Tolkunbek Abdygulov welcomed the participants and noted that the country's main bank pays special attention to the financial education of children.
"In modern society, children’s ability to manage properly their own finances is becoming an indispensable skill, as much as the computer literacy," said Mr. Abdygulov.
The National Kyrgyz TV Channel will broadcast this new episode nationally on 31 March 2018. UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan Mrs. Yukie Mokuo emphasized the importance of teaching and informing children about financial or any other issues from early age.
"Financial literacy is an important topic not only for adults, but also for children. For the successful future of Kyrgyzstan, it is crucial to start any learning with children as early as possible,” she added.
UNICEF produced the first series of the animated television series "Keremet Koch" (Magic Journey) 11 years ago aimed at helping children to learn positive gender roles, school-preparedness skills, healthy/hygiene habits. Since then, over 400 series with traditional characters, Akylai and Aktan, together with a cast of extended family members and a diverse set of friends have been produced in local Kyrgyz language .
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/kyrgyzstan .