Guests of III World Nomad Games playing traditional children’s games at Kyrchyn
4 September 2018, Kyrchyn, Kyrgyzstan – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) engages children and parents to play traditional children’s games of nomads at Kyrchyn ethnovillage (Issyk-Kul). Aimed at promoting children’s cognitive, physical and emotional development through playing, UNICEF experts selected over 25 traditional games for children and families.
This initiative is part of the national campaign “Children’s Game Caravan” organized by the secretariat of III World Nomad Games and UNICEF to raise awareness on early childhood development as well as importance of good parenting through learning and playing traditional games of nomads. Earlier this summer, the Caravan travelled to 14 villages and cities in every province of Kyrgyzstan engaging over 5,000 participants. The journey of Caravan started in Kant and continued to Cholpon-Ata, Karakol, Kochkor, Naryn, Talas, Bakay-Ata, Suzak, Bazar-Korgon, Osh, Aravan, Batken, Isfana, Bishkek and now ended at Kyrchyn.
“Thanking to our artnership with III World Nomad Games, so many children, adolescents and parents from all over Kyrgyzstan had a chance to learn nomad traditions and play together. UNICEF is calling parents to spend more time with children, especially during their early years. The more family members shower their babies with love, play, good nutrition and protection, the better these children’s chances are of reaching optimal health, happiness and learning ability,” says Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan.
In traditional nomad games, there is everything for successful child development. The accessibility and expressiveness of ethno games provoke child's physical, emotional and cognitive development. Good parenting in early childhood, especially during the first 1,000 days, sparks neural connections in children’s brains, laying the foundation for their future successes.
“There are over 2 million children in Kyrgyzstan. It is important that young generation knows their culture and history. Game is a unique tool for the rebirth of nomad culture. Ethno games have a huge humanitarian and pedagogical potential and value, which should be shared with children”, emphasizes Ayjan Abdesova, Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the III World Nomad Games.
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 in Kyrgyzstan, visit www.unicef.org/kyrgyzstan.