UNODC enhances capacity of public education specialist on family skills in Republic of Karakalpakstan

On October 12-14, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Central Asia, together with the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, conducted a training on the Family Skills Training Programme “Family UNited”. During the training, more than 30 public education specialists were trained to further pilot the programme in six selected schools in three districts (Muynak, Bozataw, Kungrad) of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. 

The goal of the event was to run three day-training of the UNODC family skills programme Family UNited. The Family UNited programme is a developed by UNODC family skills programme that offers a combination of parenting knowledge, skill building, competency enhancement and support. It has been designed to reduce presenting problems and prevent future difficulties thorough training and education. The objectives of the training were to equip the participants with the skills and materials to implement the programme in their organizations and in communities.

Training was conducted remotely by international experts Dr. Aala El-Khani, Dr. Wadih Maalouf & Dr. Karin Haar. The training included live webinars utilizing the main manual of the “Family United” programme, as well as set group work activities that were completed by the participants, recorded and sent back to trainers for review.


“The partnership of our state with such projects can have a positive impact, and of course, for us, working with parents is very necessary and relevant. We are ready to work with this project, and today the training is attended by representatives of three districts, which we hope will become exemplary districts in strengthening communication and relations between schools and parents, "said Bekbauliyev Kuuatbai Oskinbaevich, First Deputy Minister of Public Education of the Republic of Karakalpakstan during the opening training.

There was a significant focus during the training on “Pedagogical practice of students”. Participants were given set tasks by the trainer to complete, which expected them to lead the manual activities themselves. These were recorded by participants and sent to the trainers for review and feedback.

During the training, the participants got acquainted in detail with the following issues: Understanding, praising and encouraging children; development of positive qualities; positive qualities of families; change in problem behavior; how to deal with stress; dealing with unwanted behavior, and others.


This training was conducted as part of the joint project “Investing in a resilient future of Karakalpakstan by improving health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene and wellbeing of adolescents and by harnessing the talents of youth during and after COVID-19” with the financial support of the UN Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region in Uzbekistan.

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