The Positive parenting centre opening in Bishkek
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 22 October 2018 – Ms. Altynai Omurbekova, Vice prime minister of the Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Aziz Surakmatov, Mayor of Bishkek city and Ted Chaibman, UNICEF Programmes Director (UNICEF, HQ) are opening the Family Resource centre on positive parenting in Bishkek. The centre was established in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and “SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan” and will function under the. the Mayor’s Office of Bishkek city with methodological guidenes of Ministry of Labour and Social Development.
The Centre will help to prevent family separation and violent disciplining of children trhough trainings and providing consultation to caregivers and child protection specialists. Educating parents and other caregivers on non-violent parental practices is proven to be one of the most effective ways to address the issue of violence against children.
“UNICEF believes in importance of positive parenting in protection of children from harms of violence and sure that the investment in on positive parenting will allow addressing the issue systematically. Thus, prevention is a key component in protecting children. The Resource Center will train parents on how to positively discipline children avoiding use of physical force and other forms of abuse”, said Ted Chaiban, Director of Programmes for UNICEF.
According to the Ministry of Education, there are 23,328 orphans, 48,042 children from incomplete families. According to MICS 2014 11% of children of labour migrant parents in Kyrgyzstan. MICS 2014 showed that 57 per cent of children at age 1 to 14 have experienced some form of violent disciplining.
The Family centre is established as one of two resource centres, one in the North and one in the South of the country, under the local municipalities will contribute to the implementation of a ten-year comprehensive programme on family support and child protection. The programme is targeting the promotion of non-violent/positive parenting and the change of attitudes and behaviours of caregivers on the importance of a safe family environment.
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