Novak Djokovic Foundation launching “Schools of Life – together for childhood” project
The Novak Djokovic Foundation director Jelena Ristic will visit Kraljevo, as well as Ljig, Knic and Raska municipalities (10-12 April), where the Foundation plans to open Schools of Life – a special program that will provide better conditions for education and growing up for children in Serbia.
“We hope and believe that representatives of local municipalities are willing to cooperate. We have already designated 17 million dinars for the project, and we’re now at the stage when we’re discussing and deciding where to open those Schools. The support from local communities would be significant, in terms of facilities that need to be readjusted and adapted, and also because they know the best where the areas that lack pre-school facilities are, and how many children from vulnerable groups there are, since this project is made to meet their needs”
said Jelena Ristic ahead of the visit.
The Schools will primarily be places for playing and learning, for children between 3 – 6 years, also open to parents, pre-school children and the whole community. Schools of Life will also be founded in places without kindergartens, that lack adequate and sufficient opportunities for children’s development.
The complete program and approach is designed as a day care center for children with disabilities, as well as for other children from vulnerable groups, where they will be able to play and learn. Schools of Life will promote unity, children and parents partaking and support to pre-school education and development of children.
The Foundation will finance the complete arrangement, supply of facilities, and training for teachers who will work with children. The plan is to renovate facilities, adjust playgrounds, and provide learning materials and toys.
The Foundation will implement the Schools of Life project with professional support from the Centre for Interactive Pedagogy.
The Novak Djokovic Foundation director will also visit Toy Library in Kragujevac on Thursday and donate RSD100,000 worth of toys as a gift. The library was founded by Educational Cultural Association of Roma – Romanipen from Kragujevac.