UNODC conducted a training on the “Family UNited” Programme for further its implementation in pilot districts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan

On 28 March – 2 April, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for Central Asia (UNODC ROCA), jointly with the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, conducted a training for more than 60 facilitators (psychologists and teachers) under the family skills training programme “Family UNited” in Nukus (the Republic of Karakalpakstan).

The event was carried out within the framework of the Joint Programme “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” implemented by Sub-Programme 3 “Addressing Drug Use, Increasing Treatment of Drug Use Disorders and Preventing HIV/AIDS” of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2022-2025 in collaboration with Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, UNODC HQ with financial support from the UN Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea region in Uzbekistan, its donors and development partners.

The “Family UNited” Programme is designed for parents and their children aged from 8 to 15 and aims to prevent substance abuse, violence against children and youth, crime, and develop positive parenting skills, build a strong family. The  Programme is developed to alleviate and address existing family problems such as lack of care and attention from parents/foster patents, conflicts between parents, siblings and with the aim to prevent them in the future in families through training and education of schoolchildren and their parents/foster parents, and provides insights and tools to help bring out the best in families. In addition, it supports the development of children resulting in fewer behavioral and emotional problems.

The purpose of the training was to instruct leading psychologists and teachers with the components of the “Family UNited” Programme for further scaling up of its implementation in three pilot districts of the Republic of Karakalpakstan (Kungrad, Muynak, Bozataw). The training was conducted by a team of national trainers who were trained the Programme under the guidance of the UNODC international trainers on 12- 14 October, 2021.

According to the work plan of the Joint Project, the trained specialists will conduct the “Family UNited” Programme for 1600 families in Muynak, Bozataw and Kungrad districts. During the period of April to November of the current year, there will be parents and children’s sessions, where families will receive valuable skills on normalization and management of stress which is related to problems in families and schools (i.e. teens difficulties with making  homework, conflicts with peers, lack of money or controvercies among family members), improving mental health, fitting in with equals in age in a positive and healthy way, and improving communication and relationships within the family. All these factors play an important role in preventing drug addiction and other unhealthy behaviors among children.



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