Visit of the UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia to Kyrgyzstan
AKIPRESS.COM – UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Ms. Afshan Khan began her official visit to Kyrgyzstan today. The visit, which will last until tomorrow, is Ms Khan’s second to the country in her current capacity.
Over the next two days, Ms. Khan will meet with key government partners to discuss the implementation of the national program of cooperation between the government of Kyrgyzstan and UNICEF. Discussions will focus on emerging priorities and key aspects of the realization of children’s rights in the country, such as child poverty, the situation of children and adolescents with disabilities, parenthood, digital learning opportunities, as well as capacity building to support young people and adolescents in the transition to the labor market and to active citizenship.
During her visit, Ms. Khan will also participate in a number of events, including the launch of digital initiatives such as the “Bebbo” mobile parenting app and the “Learning Passport”, in collaboration with the Minister of Education and Science, as well as a disaster simulation exercise conducted by UNICEF volunteers as part of the Safe School program. In addition, she will meet participants of the “Girls in Science” project.
Ms. Khan has been an international civil servant for over 30 years. Previously, she was Director of Emergency Programs for UNICEF and also held other leadership positions including Director of Public Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization, Associate Regional Director for East Africa and Southern and UNICEF representative in Jamaica.