Bishkek, June 26 / Xinhua / - Population aging will begin in 2030 in Kyrgyzstan. This was stated by the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov at the National Forum dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 25th anniversary of the republic's accession to this convention.
In his speech, the President, drawing attention to the existing problems around the protection of children, noted that there are three more challenges to which special attention should be paid.
"First: starting from 2030, the aging of the population begins in Kyrgyzstan, in other words, the number of elderly people will begin to exceed 10 percent of the total population of the country," said S. Jeenbekov and added that the number of children under 18 from the current 33 percent. will decrease to 29 percent.
Secondly, according to him, Kyrgyzstan is the country with the lowest labor productivity in the region. "The structure of the economy with a demand for low-skilled people is the consequences of the policy of 30 years ago," he explained.
As S. Jeenbekov noted, the third is that the coming era of digital and innovative technologies will require highly qualified workers. However, today, among children from 7 to 14 years old, only 51 percent. know how to read.
To counter these challenges, according to the President of Kyrgyzstan, a set of measures will be implemented in the country.
In particular, special measures will be aimed at maintaining the health of children, their development at an early age, the availability and quality of preschool education, the introduction of innovative schools and programs that meet the demands of tomorrow, as well as the protection of children left without parental care and who find themselves in difficult life situations.