UNICEF partners with the National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan to support strengthening education, health, environment and emergency preparedness
29 September 2021
- The Partnership between UNICEF and the National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan has reached a new important milestone with the signing of a new Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA) for the period of 2021-2025. The agreement reflects many of the key priority areas of the 2021-2025 Country Programme of Cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of Turkmenistan.
Under the umbrella of this agreement, the two partners have also signed the Programme Document for the period of 2021-2022, which aims at “Strengthening education, health, sanitation and hygiene and emergency preparedness in vulnerable areas through school and community-based interventions in the Aral Sea area of Turkmenistan”.
The purpose of the partnership is to bring together the technical expertise, implementation capacities and resources of the National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan and UNICEF to support the safe and clean environment, adequate education, health, nutrition and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) services for the children of Turkmenistan. This Programme will use pilot solutions addressing the key bottlenecks and apply advanced methodologies and innovative approaches in the framework of “Green Schools” programme in areas mostly affected by the Aral Sea crises including the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction topics. The “Green Schools” programme provides a learning environment that inspires schoolchildren to be creative, innovative and promotes sustainable learning.
The Programme Document also includes strengthening capacities of the NRCST specialists on international best practices on Climate Change and DRR and will be implemented in close collaboration with the key partners of UNICEF namely the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and the Medical Industry, and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population.
“National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan is a valuable partner for UNICEF for emergency preparedness, response, recovery and risk mitigation, and we are happy to expand our collaboration with focus on health, education and environment” – says Alexandru Nartea, UNICEF Representative a.i. in Turkmenistan.