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Alay Regional Library providies trainings on child care for village women

Learning about the tips of child care via library provided services in Alay Regional Library

For the year of 2013 and 2014, Alay Regional library, located in the south of Kyrgyzstan continues to deliver trainings and interactive lectures to women of village including housewives and young mother on how to make adequate care of children. Trainings promote information awareness campaigns on how to make correct breastfeeding, and develop intellectual capacity of children at earlier age. Also night readings for children are organized through family readings event in the village. Such information providing events are so important, as child mortality is high in the mountainous area, and therefore village community identified this issue as one of significant and selected to be taught though library services. Trainings are provided with help of librarians, who passed the courses thanks to local organizations. Librarians already have been helping women on raising their knowledge on cattle breeding, chicken rising through empowering them to reduce poverty among villagers. Local villagers realize and consider that women empowerment is crucial in improving the quality of life locally, and especially in child care and taking care of family.

These events were attended by local women and they expressed their positive feedback to the event. Aijamal, local housewife says about the training: “I am so glad I joined this training, as I learned how to make correct child care including his physical and intellectual development. For child it is important not only to feed, but also to play developing games and talk to him and share his or her feelings and emotions. I consider our library as community place, where we can approach with our issues and could get all needed information”.

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samara13's picture

photos date is 2013

photo date is not correct, training occured in 2013

Julia O'Byrne's picture

What a great initiative!

Hi Samara!
I really enjoyed your post. I think the program at the Alay Regional library for other women sounds great! It's really nice to read about programs that are tailored to and benefit women. Bedtime stories (or night readings) are such a nice thing for kids and it's great that the library is also organizing those. Thanks so much for posting and sharing. I look forward to reading more.

Best wishes,

samara13's picture

Thank you Julia for your

Thank you Julia for your supportive words, I am also excited about family reading program for grandparents and parents, as reading culture development and growth is very significant for child care. We will work on continuation of this initiative.

inetmom's picture

Inviting Families to the Library

Dear Samara - I love the idea that you draw people to the library based on their needs and then they value your services and want to come back. I think this is a powerful way to then introduce the importance of literacy, books and the internet as well. Congratulations on a successful program. I hope you will have many, many more.

samara13's picture

Inviting Families to the Library

Digital literacy and reading books culture are so crucial for library outreach services and its networking and we will attract more women to library work in this aspect

Dear Samara - I loved reading your post as it is true testimony to the power of education and how technology plays a vital role in facilitating the process. Your library has done a fabulous job of identifying the critical needs of your region and then following through by delivering the training that is NEEDED.

I loved the quote by Aijamal...she got so much from the training, more than just the practical side of child care (what to feed her child for instance) "but also to play developing games and talk to him and share his or her feelings and emotions". That just made my heart sing!

You are doing great work!

In love and peace,
Terry Mullins

samara13's picture

Child care development

Dear Terry,

Thank you for your comment, really child care is considered one sided in KG mostly becaue of womens' attitude towards this job, as women tend to have many children and they usually do not pay attention to child development so much in terms of intellectual development aspect. Now this attitude is changing as time changes and there is need for good qualitychild care comparing to the past.

binapatel33's picture

Thank you

Thank you for sharing such an empowering story with us! A job well done.


Kind Regards,
Bina Patel
hc Mediate, LLC

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