UNICEF unites children from cross-border communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistanto achieve sustainable peace

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20 April 2017 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Kyrgyz Republic unites children and families, living in cross-border communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to promote peace by teaching them the language of friendship and collaboration.

InApril 2017, 20 youngpeoplefromKyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have participated in training on civic journalism in the Batken district. Youngactivistslearnhow to produce videos with the mobile phones to express their opinions. These videos will be about peace, interethnic friendship and tolerance.

Moreover, 23 schools inBatken region host photo exhibition "Peace and cooperation through the eyes of children and adolescents living in bordering areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan" comprised of drawings and photos by children, adolescents and young people from both countries.
“Thesephotos, drawings and video materials show the shared values and culture of two countries, connected by neighborhood and family ties. They share joy and, in difficult moments, they support each other. It is very important for us that children from a young age understand and appreciate the importance of friendship both within the country and with other countries. I believe our initiative contributes to strengthened friendship between the border communities of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan", said Yukie Mokuo, Representative of UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan.

Also, this monththe bordering villages host the festivals of friendship, sport activities and friendship eventsorganizedbyyouth and schoolchildrenofKyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Alltheseeventsarepartof“Cross-border Cooperation for Sustainable Peace and Development” implemented by UNDP, WFP, FAO, UNICEF, UN Women and funded by UN Peacebuilding Fund and the Swiss Embassy. The Programme aims to promote sustainable peace and development in thecross-border areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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