Internet Society Kyrgyzstan Chapter commits to mainstreaming digital skills of youth in the Kyrgyz Republic

Internet Society Kyrgyzstan Chapter is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 to support the development of the Internet as a global technical infrastructure, a resource to enrich people’s lives, and a force for good in society.

The organization helps to create community internet networks in remote mountainous areas of the country, develops edu-tech solutions to help youth access decent education, and conducts regular training for youth, women, and involved stakeholders to fulfill their mission.

Internet Society Kyrgyzstan Chapter’s commitment falls under its Sanarip Insan (Digital Citizen) project, which aims to empower women and youth in rural communities of the Kyrgyz Republic by improving their digital skills and increasing their employability in the green economy. Young people in rural areas will receive regional training on developing technical and vocational skills, ICT ,and soft skills.

In total 100, 000 young men and women between the ages of 15-29 residing in rural areas and young people with low levels of education and/or drop-outs will be benefited. The commitment will equip the youth with digital skills and basic digital literacy by March 2024. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the European Neighbourhood Council (Belgium).

In practice, the project will run entrepreneurship programs that combine different types of skills training – including “hard” and “soft” skills – with support services such as coaching and mentoring. The main scope of work is built on the following activities: Media campaigns with the involvement of local bloggers and popular social media media, digital literacy, and green skills development, ways to launch creative start-ups, methods to foster e-business models with small budgets and tips for raising initial capital through online and in-person training in different stages by digital leaders and experts.

Young women will be encouraged to engage and benefit from the digital economy through knowledge in e-commerce, digital tourism, e-agriculture, or e-business.

Internet Society Kyrgyzstan Chapter will contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDG5 (Gender Equality) and SDG8 (Decent work and economic growth).

The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Decent Jobs for Youth was launched in 2016 as a UN system-wide effort, focusing on the youth employment challenge that is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has emerged as a global, multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together governments, social partners, the private sector, youth and civil society organizations, and others. They work together to share knowledge, leverage resources and take action at country and regional level, to support young people in accessing decent work and productive employment worldwide. 

For more information, please contact:

Aziz Soltobaev, Project Coordinator, Internet Society Kyrgyzstan Chapter, [email protected]

Talant Sultanov, ICT Expert, Internet Society Kyrgyzstan Chapter, [email protected]

Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth: [email protected]