On 10 June 2022, Dr. Alexander Wolters, Director, OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Ms. Eni Gjergji, Project Manager, Economic Advisor, OCEEA/ EGU, OSCE, and Ms. Oksana Kim, National Project Manager, OSCE Academy in Bishkek, met with Dr. Beishenaliev Almazbek Beishenalievich, Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ms. Aizada Apysheva, Head of Department of International Cooperation and Interaction with Partners, Mr. Kanybekov Ernar, Chief Specialist of the Corruption Prevention Sector, Ms. Gulshan Abdyldaeva, Chief Specialist at the Department of School, and Ms. Ainura Asan Kyzy, Chief Specialist at the Department of Higher and Secondary Vocational Education, to discuss the next steps in line with the Memorandum of Understanding and Co-operation (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Education and Science and the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.
Dr. Wolters praised the collaboration between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Ministry of Education and Science and the OSCE Academy and informed the Minister about the successful re-registration of the revised Charter and the plans to expand educational programmes. Minister of Education and Science Dr. Beishenaliev welcomed the re-registration of the revised Charter and expressed his support to the development of new programmes of the OSCE Academy.
Ms. Gjiegji commended the Government of the for the extensive work done in the field of youth crime prevention, covering such topics as crime and drug use prevention. Furthermore, they presented the project “Enhancing youth crime and drug use prevention through education on legality and awareness campaigns addressing threats of organized crime and corruption” and the outcomes of the need’s assessment workshops, held within the project in December 2021 and January 2022. Dr. Beishenaliev welcomed the implementation of the initiative and recognized the importance of the current and future work of the Kyrgyz Republic on the prevention of youth crime and drug use.
Following the introduction, participants of the meeting discussed the development of school/university curricula on organized crime, drug use, corruption and cybercrime; the delivery of training of trainers (ToT) for educators; and the organization of relevant awareness campaigns. In order to facilitate the implementation of the project, were appointed three focal points for schools and universities within the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as a schedule for meetings of the working groups, and a schedule for the development of the curricula for schools and universities were suggested.