Fast facts

3.8% of national income

Was spent by low-income countries on education in 2011, compared to 2.9 per cent in 1999.

Quote of the month

The more children in conflict with the law are shut out of society, the harder it is for them to heal. Progress has been made but justice is often blind to children’s needs. Justice systems must adjust to meet the rights of all children.

Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director

Get involved

If you would like to help young people like yourselves enjoy better lives, then there are lots of projects run by UNICEF in Uzbekistan that you can get involved in. You could make a presentation about the ‘Rights of the Child’ in your class, you could attend one of the many UNICEF-supported events held throughout Uzbekistan, or you could learn some healthy hygiene practices (like the right way to wash your hands) and teach your younger brother or sister to do the same.

If you are older you could also become a youth volunteer in your community, educating peers and adults about the rights of the child, and the support children need. You could also apply to take part in the national Youth Generation Council, and make sure that your thoughts and opinions about important national topics are heard.

At UNICEF in Uzbekistan we work to ensure that children and teenagers can participate in our projects and initiatives, by contributing ideas during planning, by helping us to make vital decisions, and by giving feedback and suggestions about how we can do a better job. Because the work we do is designed to help improve the lives of children and teenagers, it is important that we understand their needs and requirements.