Kyrgyz-Uzbek youth festival takes place in Batken

17 April 2018
girls in yurta
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan/2016/Simon Lister

BATKEN, 17 April, 2018 – On 17-20 April, a Kyrgyz-Uzbek festival of young talents  “Culture - bridge to friendship” takes place in the town of Batken with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). More than 100 young talents from Batken of the Kyrgyz Republic and neighboring Fergana of the Republic of Uzbekistan get together to strengthen the friendship between neighboring countries and acquaint with Batken culture and music.

"If we want to achieve peace in all the countries we need to start with the youth. Children and young people could build peaceful society to live in harmony and friendship. We are happy that the festival for young people was initiated by the Batken administration and Ferghana hukumat. Cooperation among local authorities, villages and communities is very important for the long-term mutual understanding and friendship", - stressed in her speech Yukie Mokuo, representative of UNICEF Office in Kyrgyzstan.

The festival has been a continuation of a long-term UNICEF partnership with local authorities in Batken town and Batken region. Six youth centers in Batken region, including one in Batken town, have been created through the project.

As part of the project on cross-boundary cooperation, UNICEF implemented initiatives in seven ayil counties to strengthen the friendship and mutual understanding among adolescents and young people living in villages bordering with Tajikistan. As a result, 5,335 adolescents and young of people participated in the domestic events, and 1,830 young people took part in the events conducted jointly with the Republic of Tajikistan. 

For more details, please, contact Gulnara Zhenishbekova, UNICEF Osh , tel : +996 772 570741 e-mail : gzhenishbekova@unicef.org

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