1 st Youth Conference held in Kyrgyz district highlights increased activism

A youth conference held in Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk-Ata District on 25 April brought together hundreds of young people and highlighted the increased youth activism in this Central Asian country.

The conference was held in the Culture Palace building in Issyk-Ata and was the first conference of its kind to be held in the district.

During the conference, Issyk-Ata District Administration head handed over certificate of acknowledgement to IDEA CA Executive Director Elvira Kalmurzayeva for the organization’s role in the youth development in the district. IDEA CA is a major youth organization in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia that helps the youth develop through extracurricular activities that include but are not limited to debates, forum theaters and media camps.

Kanat Nogoibayev, Child and Youth friendly Kyrgyzstan project coordinator, was also given a certificate of acknowledgement. Child and Youth friendly Kyrgyzstan project is carried out jointly with UNICEF and is aimed at developing youth in Issyk-Ata and Suzak districts.

Munir Mammadzade, Deputy Representative at UNICEF Kyrgyzstan, who was also attending the conference, described young people as Kyrgyzstan’s “most precious asset” and stressed the importance of working with the youth.

Deputy head of Issyk-Ata district administration Aysha Orozbekova gave inspirational speech during the conference encouraging the youth to stand up against bullying, to have goals in life and to work towards becoming self-sufficient individuals who are ale ability to express themselves freely.

Author: Aisha Jabbarova, intern at IDEA CA