UNODC ROCA and the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan disseminate booklet on parenting during COVID-19

Physical distancing and lockdowns due to the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have changed family life for millions globally. Caring adults help to protect children in difficult times, especially when they are supportive and comforting, and when they can help children make sense of uncertain times. Family harmony helps to reduce children’s anxieties while keeping them safe.

United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), together with University of Manchester developed information booklet “Caring for your child during COVID-19” aimed to support the parents in helping their children cope with psychological difficulties, as well as maintain mental health during COVID-19.

To help more children in Central Asia benefit from the tips and ideas provided in the booklet to get through the challenges while staying connected as a family, UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia created the localized version of the brochure in Russian as the common language for all the countries in the region, and into Uzbek on special request from the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan.

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia’s partnership with the Ministry of Public Education of Uzbekistan made it possible for the soft (downloadable) version of the brochure to reach caregivers nationwide during lockdown and summer holidays via the Ministry’s strong online communication network of around 100,000 school educators, psychologists and other relevant staff in all regions of the country who sustain direct contact with caregivers.

Now, while most lockdown measures have been eased and many children attend schools, a lot of parents are still facing the challenges of coping with stress, as well as working and caring for young children in self-isolation due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The uniqueness of the booklet is in the fact that the material was developed in collaboration with people who were in self-isolation, working from home while caring for their children.

The Russian and Uzbek versions of the booklet have been produced and disseminated within the Sub-Programme on “Drug prevention, treatment and reintegration and HIV prevention” of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia (2015-2020).


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