Additional Space for 50 More Children in Our New Preschool in the Vladimirci Municipality
Today we have announced the beginning of renovation works on the pre-school institution “Suncokreti”, thanks to our cooperation and joint investment with the Vladimirci Municipality. This institution accommodates 257 children, and the expansion of this preschool will provide room for 50 more children from this town and neighboring villages. The total value of the donation of the Novak Djokovic Foundation is EUR 102 thousand, and the project includes construction works as well as furnishing of the rooms of the kindergarten with furniture.
Marko Kovačević, our project manager, underscores that one of the main goals of the Foundation is to assist smaller communities with the construction or adaptation of kindergartens or pre-school institutions, in order to include more children in the preparatory pre-school program.
“We visit smaller communities, where there is, unfortunately, a large number of children not included in any form of pre-school education, and together with municipalities and pre-school institutions, we open kindergartens, to provide those children with a happier, care-free and more joyful childhood, and with that, proper and complete development. At the Vladimirci Municipality, 30 pre-school age children have no access to pre-school education due to a lack of capacities, that is why we decided to reconstruct the “Suncokreti” building together with the institution and the municipality and to start resolving this problem in the municipality. The plan is to establish two new workgroups, as well as a multi-function room for the needs of the entire institutions, which would enable physical activities with the children, celebrations and various kindergarten events”.
According to President of the municipality, Goran Zarić, this project is particularly important for creating equal conditions for growing up for children in rural and urban areas.
“The Vladimirci Municipality is one of the rare ones in Serbia which had the honor of being recognized by Novak Djokovic Foundation, in terms of the need for the construction of buildings for accommodating pre-school children. This is the second building being built in cooperation with our municipality. With the reconstruction and expansion of this building, two new groups will be created, and the waiting list for Pre-school Institution ‘Suncokreti’ will be rendered obsolete. Thanks to Novak Djokovic Foundation and its employees, who helped this project come to fruition with their selfless efforts”.
Director of Preschool Institution “Suncokreti” Zorica Milošević said it was her honor to work with Novak Djokovic Foundation.
“I am glad that our Institution was again recognized as a good partner for this common task, i.e. greater scope and inclusion of pre-school age children into the early education system. Since 2014, the Foundation and our Institutions have partnered to implement different projects and programs, such as “Schools of Life” and “Support, not Perfection “, as well as on the construction of the building in Jalovik, and now the reconstruction and expansion of the one in Vladimirci. With the construction of this building, our Institution now has greater capacities, which will lead to greater inclusion of children of this age into the pre-school education system in the territory of our Municipality,” stated Zorica Milošević.