Peer Review on Child Labour in Kyrgyzstan

On November 24-26, 2016, Kyrgyzstan received Peer Teams from Tajikistan and Turkey who took part in the first Peer Review on child labour in the CIS countries.

News | 26 November 2016
The peer review teams included representatives of the government institutions and social partners. Three-day intensive consultations among tripartite partners from the three countries concluded by renewed their joint commitment to continue tackling child labour.  

The methodology of the on-site consultations included in-depth expert interviews with key Kyrgyz government officials, focus-group discussions with social workers and education specialists and on-site visits to the areas of direct interventions.

The first day of consultations with the representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development and line ministries was opened by of Ms. Jyldyz Polotova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Development, who spoke about the progress achieved by the country in addressing child labour by integrating child labour concerns into comprehensive child protection system. Then the participants discussed strengths and weaknesses of existing coordination mechanism implemented by the Coordination Council on social protection and child rights under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as the operation of the child protection system at the local level.

The Minister and Deputy Minister of Education and Science highlighted educational initiatives and measures aimed to improve access to education of school dropouts and children with breaks in schooling.

“The socio-economic challenges in the country have given rise to school drop outs and children with breaks in schooling. Recognizing the problem, the Ministry has approved a Temporary Regulation to provide supplementary (non-formal) education to children. According to the Regulation, a non-formal education classes could be opened in every secondary school in order to make children catch up with their peers and enroll back to formal schooling”, - T. Ashimbaeva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The role of the Federation of Trade Unions and sectoral unions in combating child labour was highlighted by Mr. Jeenbek Osmonaliev, the Deputy Head of the Federation of Trade Unions during his meeting with the peer review teams.

The next day was devoted to on-site visits to the areas of direct interventions. The focus group discussion was held in Sverdlovsky rayon of the Bishkek Municipality to present the applications of child protection system at the local level.  After the opening statement by the Deputy Head of the Rayon Administration the participants listened to the detailed presentations of identification mechanisms, needs assessment, referral and tracking of child labourers to social services for further withdrawal or prevention from involvement in the worst forms of child labour.

“The country has made great achievements in integrating child labour concerns into the agenda of the  government institutions both at the national and local levels. And our today’s discussion has clearly shown that ”, - said Irina Shasnovish, senior specialist of Child Labour Monitoring Sector, Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of Tajikistan.

The Peer Review Teams have also visited the secondary school #94 to meet with educational specialists and school administration and monitor the newly established formal evening classes for children with breaks in education and school dropouts.

On the third day, November 26, 2016 the peer teams have moved to the Osh region in the south of the country to overview the practices and interventions of the “Elimination of child labour in tobacco“ project implemented by the NGO “Alliance on protection of child rights” since 2005 and supported by the Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Foundation. The peer teams have noted an efficient use by the project of social partnership mechanisms as well as  social credits for farmers who do  not  use child labour in their farms.

“The peer review process allows to thoroughly review the  country context and acknowledge  efforts made by the country to find its own way in addressing child labour”, - said Akobir Kurbanov, Chief Labour Inspector, Federation of Trade Unions of Tajikistan.

The next country to be reviewed is Tajikistan where the peer review will be held on December 1-3, 2016 by the representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Ministry of Education, Ombudsman institute, the trade unions and employers’ organization.