Kyrgyzstan to reform children's homes, state-run boarding schools


BISHKEK -- The office of Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has formed an expert working group to reform the system of children's homes and state-run boarding schools, reported Wednesday (August 1).

The system is meant to care for children whose parents, for various reasons, cannot raise them.

The group will study ways to optimise boarding schools, implement the government's policy on advancing children's interests and protect children's rights within the family, among other goals.

The expert group includes government officials and representatives of NGOs that focus on protecting children's rights.

Nazgul Turdubekova, director of the Bishkek-based NGO Child's Rights Defenders League, raised the issue of protecting children and families during a July 19 meeting with Jeenbekov.

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