On September 7, 2017, the Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, launched a series of guest lectures for high school students of 24 secondary schools in all regions of the country on the judicial system in the Kyrgyz Republic. The first lectures took place in five secondary schools in Talas, Naryn and Jalal-Abad oblasts (provinces), with the participation of 653 students. The guest lectures aim to improve the awareness and knowledge of students about the judicial system through live communication with judges and to increase the level of public trust in the judiciary. "Active young students attended the guest lectures and asked some complicated questions that were not easy to answer. For example, they asked about the state structure; the functions of different courts; where people should go in case of a violation of their rights and freedoms; and who will provide legal assistance for those individuals who cannot afford hiring a lawyer to protect their rights. In my opinion, this free dialogue with the population, and especially, with students will help us raise the legal knowledge of the population and the credibility of the judicial system in the country," said Chynara Aydarbekova, Judge of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic, lecturer at the guest lectures in Talas region.

The Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges, with the support of USAID CGP, will continue the guest lectures aimed to raise awareness of secondary school students about the judicial system in other regions of the country. Video report on guest lectures is available at: https://youtu.be/TZzska8eH-E

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Chynara Aydarbekova, Judge of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic, lecturer at the guest lectures in Talas region demonstrates an illustrated booklet about the judicial system in the Kyrgyz Republic, developed by the Association to help kids understand the judicial system

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Chynara Aydarbekova, Judge of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic (to the right), Garry Ledbetter, Chief of Party of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) (center) and Meder Dastanbekov, Rule of Law Program Officer (to the left) with secondary school students during a guest lecture at school No. 3 in the city of Talas

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A student from school #3 in Talac city asked a question what legal bodies to apply for assistance in case of violation of her human rights

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To the lecturer’s question: "Who among you receives information via the mobile Internet?” - Most of the students raised their hands up