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Novak’s Visit to Smederevo

by , Posted on 15th Sep 2011

No.1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic, paid his first visit as UNICEF Ambassador to an inclusive kindergarten “Pcelica” (“Little Bee”) in Smederevo, Serbia, with his girlfriend Jelena Ristic. With this visit the tennis ace began his mission – to defend children’s rights and help increase awareness for the importance of early childhood education.

Novak and Jelena had a lot of fun with kids, they were drawing, painting, talking about their wishes. Children were overjoyed to receive gifts brought by the tennis player, toys, books, crayons.

What I learned as a young child continues to have a tremendous impact on my life today. I had a unique privilege to have a good start in life and a chance to develop my talents. But the starting line is not the same for all children. Those born into poverty or on the margins of society require our extra support to realize their dreams,” said Djokovic. He added that he would use his influence and contacts in the world to call on donors to help children. “In Serbia, there’s room for everybody – Novak said.

After the visit, the world’s best player shared his impressions with fans.

I was on the field visit to pre-school “Pcelica” in Smederevo as ambasador for UNICEF for early childhood education. Kids were so eager to play and ask questions and show their little talents. I hope to see more of this kind of institutions which integrate children from all areas.

The pre-school “Pcelica” is attended by children with developmental disorders and disabilities, children who live in refugee settlements and camps, and Roma children.

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