Youth participation in processes of monitoring and social tension resolutions

February 14, 2024
UNDP Kyrgyzstan

After successfully completing his higher education at a university in the capital and a master's program abroad, many expected Khozhiakbar Mavlyanov to search for career opportunities abroad or in the capital. However, bound to his history, culture and hometown of Uzgen, he decided to stay.

Khozhiakbar Mavlyanov is a deputy of Uzgen City Kenesh, a mentor, the ex-speaker of the Youth Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, and a multilingual who speaks Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Russian, English, Chinese, and Turkish. He has been reciting "Manas" since the age of 6 and has represented Kyrgyzstan in many countries. 

Khozhiakbar is actively involved in local initiatives and projects aimed at improving the quality of life in the district. Together with activists and local leaders, he implements ideas to improve the infrastructure of Uzgen, develop small businesses and preserve cultural heritage. Khozhiakbar believes: "Active participation of citizens in the life of society is an investment in the future of the country, stimulating the preservation of values necessary for constructing unity among the people".

When asked what ‘Kyrgyz Jarany’ means to him

"Kyrgyz Jarany – it is embodied by me and all those who live on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic, regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion. Everyone is treated equally. I am a citizen of Kyrgyzstan. This is my home, this is the place where all my dreams have come true, and I have achieved self-realization. The common civic identity embodies sustainable peace and its development.

Knowledge and culture are the building blocks for a world that values diversity, respect and understanding between individuals and communities. They are the foundation for an educated and culturally diverse society, capable of cooperation in the spirit of peace and justice.

In 2023, approximately six events took place in both the Uzgen district and Osh city. These events included seminars and hearings involving neighborhood committees, activists, women's councils, and public receptions addressing interethnic issues. Discussions at these gatherings encompassed topics such as early marriages, conflicts among youth (both within schools and neighborhoods), their career choices, and other significant concerns.

Following these events, the young residents of our city have expressed a desire for more similar events, highlighting the importance of addressing these issues. The young people proposed initiatives on ecology and the improvement of infrastructure in educational institutions. The mayor's office supported the initiatives with city budgets and facilitated the installation of garbage cans, tables and computers. Open and honest dialogues allows problems to be identified and resolved at an early stage before they become serious challenges for society. Regular discussions contribute to sustainable development and a healthy society, and the demand of young people for such events demonstrates the need to continue them in the future," Hozhiakbar commented.

"It is very important that young people are actively involved in monitoring social tensions. We witness the challenges society encounters, and we can play a key role in addressing them. Getting involved in the monitoring system will help us understand more about what is happening in our local communities, identify potential conflicts and work together collaboratively to prevent them. It is not just a matter of ensuring security but of constructing a more tolerant and just society.

We young leaders must actively support the development of civic identity. Together we can build a society where everyone feels valued and respected.


This article was prepared within the framework of the UNDP project in Kyrgyzstan "Inclusive Governance and Shared Identity for Sustainable Peace and Development", funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund