UNICEF launches the Situation Analysis of the Children and Adolescents with Disabilities in Kyrgyzstan

14 October 2021
Sabina, the participant of the conference, is doing a speech on a sign language
UNICEF/Kyrgyzstan/2021/Bektur Zhanibekov
Sabina is giving a speech on a sign language at the conference

BISHKEK, 14 October 2021 – The Government of the  Kyrgyz Republic and UNICEF is launching the Situation Analysis of Children and Adolescents with Disabilities in Kyrgyzstan to support the country’s efforts to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The launch will be held online and offline for representatives of the government and development partners, civil society organizations working with children with disabilities, children with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, and the private sector.

The analysis identified barriers to providing quality and inclusive services for children and adolescents with disabilities and challenges at the policymaking and implementation level. The report includes evidence and recommendations to the Government, development partners, and civil society to develop appropriate policies, focusing on capacity building and inclusive service delivery.

The contributions of children with disabilities and their families to the study are testament to families and children’s tenacity, and parents unconditional love for their children, despite barriers they face. The study points us to critical action that needs to be taken, so children with disabilities can realize their potential as active members of society,” stated Christine Jaulmes at the launch of the report.

The researchers recommend investing in further developing an Early Identification and Early Intervention mechanism, strengthening inclusive education and the de-institutionalization of children with disabilities from residential institutions. Social norms and harmful practices in treating children with disabilities should be addressed to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities are met through a system-wide approach to disability and inclusion.

The Situation Analysis provides evidence and guidance for future policy formulation and service provision to the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. It also informs civil society organizations and international development partners to focus their efforts on supporting the Government in fulfilling the rights of children and adolescents with disabilities.

 

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UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

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