New Visit to Kindergarten in Medosevac with the World Bank’s Representatives
Accompanied by the World Bank’s representatives, our partners on a joint project aiming to ensure universal access to early childhood education and care within reach in Serbia, today we visited the suburb of Medosevac in the city of Nis.
The city authorities of Nis joined us as we came to the primary school “Milan Rakic” to see the last phase of reconstruction and adaptation works being carried out in the old school building with the goal of opening the new kindergarten for over 100 boys and girls, 3-6 years old, from Medosevac and neighboring places. The Novak Djokovic Foundation provided funds in the amount of EUR 86,000 for the full reconstruction of the façade and interiors and equipping of the facility with modern furniture, didactic materials, books and toys, based on the project funding application the Foundation received during its 2015/2016 Call for New Projects.
The reason for the World Bank’s visit is the implementation of a new EUR 47 million Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Project in Serbia. The ECEC project will support an increase in preschool facilities and the availability of qualified teachers, and include measures to enhance access of vulnerable groups through a targeted grant scheme for participating municipalities. The Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care Project builds on the Early Wins for Lifelong Returns partnership to promote early childhood development that was launched by the World Bank and the Novak Djokovic Foundation in August 2015. This partnership combines the Bank’s deep knowledge and programs on ECD with the commitment of Serbian tennis champion Djokovic to bringing attention to the social and economic benefits of ECD programs for children around the world.
In the last five years the Novak Djokovic Foundation has been very active in the field of early childhood education and development. Our mission is to enable children from disadvantaged communities to grow up, play and develop in stimulating, creative and safe settings, while learning to respect others and care for their environment. Early childhood education gives children a chance to respond strongly to any challenge and become winners in any field. So far we have invested over EUR 3 million in the implementation of various projects with more than 15.000 direct and indirect project beneficiaries. On this occasion we would like to invite individuals, organizations, parents and local communities to join our efforts and help us identify problems and areas with the potential for improvement, said Gorana Dzudza Jakovljevic, NDF project manager.
We feel proud and privileged to receive support from reputable and influential global organizations. Working together we can make great things happen for children in Serbia and beyond, give them a fair start in life and thus ensure a better future for our entire society.