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News from Kyrgyzstan: EC Forum in the heart of Central Asia

The Forum was organised by the Earth Charter Affiliate in Kyrgyzstan, the “Sunny Country” Social Fund, and facilitated by Atabek Anarbaev, e-GLO 2 alumnus.

45 participants representing four regions of Kyrgyzstan (Batken, Osh, Jalalabad and Bishkek City) were engaged in workshops and discussions focused on promoting the values and ethics of the Earth Charter in their country, which was swept by waves of political unrest and ethnic clashes last year. 

The organisers provided Earth Charter materials translated into Kyrgyz and Russian, and formed mixed working groups for discussions: governmental officials, local authorities, community leaders, NGOs, youth and educators.

By the end of the Forum the participants approved a resolution which defines the plan of action for the 2011:

  • develop special modules for NGOs on ways to promote the Earth Charter in Kyrgyzstan;
  • define concrete steps in integration of the Earth Charter values into the daily work of state agencies and their interaction with Kyrgyz NGOs and the international global community, using the Earth Charter as an ethical framework for such cooperation;
  • elaborate specific plans for joint national Earth Charter events and activities;
  • organize in mid-March the Earth Charter Youth forum in Osh (the region where the most violent ethnic clashes took place last year).

The participants of the Earth Charter Forum in Issyk-Kul expressed their determination to apply their newly acquired knowledge, materials and information in their agencies, NGOs, communities and youth organisations, as well as to create the first EC Youth group in the country. 

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The first Earth Charter +10 event in Kyrgyzstan

The Earth Charter Affiliate in Kyrgyzstan, the Sunny Country Social Fund held their first Earth Charter event in Kizilkiya (a city in the Fergana Valley, – a vast region bordering Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). The event was coordinated by Atabek Anarbaev, an activist of the Earth Charter International Youth Network and a participant of the e-GLO programme.

The organisers intended to introduce the Earth Charter to Kizilkiya mayor’s office, the municipal department of education and to teachers of secondary schools, and also sensitize them about Earth Harter values.

The municipality officials and teachers, mainly young professionals, got to know Earth Charter text, learned about the Initiative and its history, vision and mission, participated in the discussion on the importance of the Earth Charter principles in building a just, sustainable society in their country and in the whole Fergana region.

Earlier, the Earth Charter International Secretariat had sent to Kyrgyzstan several packages with Earth Charter materials, brochures, posters, CDs, which were distributed at the seminar.

The participants of the seminar were really excited about getting to work with the Charter. The teachers decided to start using Earth Charter informational and educational materials at the lessons on sustainable development and the Earth Charter in their respective schools. They are planning to have the lessons during months of April and May, as a part of the celebration of the Earth Day and the EC+10 launch in their country. These lessons will be followed by school competitions in the best artistic reflection on the Charter in pictures, photos, essays and poems.

The Sunny country Social Fund is also planning to organise a big EC event on the main square of Kizilkiya on April 22.

The Central Asian online News Service “Fergana” covered the Earth Charter seminar in Kizilkiya  (http://fergana.akipress.org/news:72841 in Russian).

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“Sunny Country” new ECI Affiliate in Kyrgyzstan

“Sunny Country” Social Fund, which operates in the Kyzylkia Batken region of Kyrgyzstan, was founded by young people who saw the urgent need to raise awareness about sustainable development among school students and youth through advanced training programmes.

The organisers are working with programmes that include modern innovative methods of learning and education, which promote human rights and provide educational help to citizens. The Social Fund is also creating and implementing educational, economic, and ecological projects, such as:
 

  • informational and educational campaigns on preventing people’s trafficking in Batken region,
  • development of a network of foster families in Batken region of Kyrgyzstan,
  • the youth campaign in Kyzylkia “The Youth for a Clean City”,
  • regional campaign “Human rights – are women rights”,
  • social action “Orphans’ rights in Uch-kurgan orphanage”, and others.

The sources of finance are usually grants and charity donations from the people of Kyzylkia.

After participating in the Earth Charter Global Learning Opportunity, e-GLO-2, Atabek Anarbaev, Coordinator of Social Fund “Sunny country”, expressed his interest for a closer and sustained cooperation with the Earth Charter International Secretariat and continue his involvement with the Earth Charter Initiative.

Inspired by the Earth Charter vision and sharing its universal values for sustainability, in December 2009, the Board of Social Fund “Sunny Country” approved the motion to become the first Earth Charter Affiliate in Kyrgyzstan and use its ethical framework for their activities aimed at moving forward the transition to sustainable ways of living.

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