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School of Life Opened in Raska

by , Posted on 5th Dec 2013

A School of Life whose adaptation and equipping was funded by the Novak Djokovic Foundation has been opened today in the village of Biljanovac in Raska, Serbia.

NDF_BiljanovacOtvaranje-7041Thanks to this strategic project of the Novak Djokovic Foundation, 20 children aged 3-5 years and six preschoolers will have access to the preschool program for the first time, in a separate part of the building of the rural primary school. One teacher will work with children daily, and parents will have the opportunity to participate in specially designed programs. 2,967,180.98 RSD have been invested in the school reconstruction, teachers’ training, purchase of didactic material and toys…

“We are overjoyed and proud to open the School of Life in Raska, in the village of Biljanovac, where – for various reasons – a large number of children did not have access to preschool education. Raska is one of the most vulnerable municipalities, but with a large number of children, which is always encouraging and motivating. Our aim remais the same – to provide all children in Serbia with facilities where they will be able to play, learn and spend quality time. We wish for them to have a beautiful childhood, to gain knowledge and be joyful, because then we will all have a brighter future,“ said the Foundation project manager Gorana Dzudza Jakovljevic, who attended the opening.

The project implementation began in July, and along with the adaptation of rooms for the School of Life, it included seminars for the local government representatives on the importance of investing in preschool education, and seminars for all teachers working in Raska municipality.

Encouraged by the renovation of facilities for the School of Life, the mayor of Raska provided funds from the budget to improve the conditions in the Biljanovac school for school children as well. With the help and engagement of director of the main school in Baljevac, and engagement of parents of children who attend this school, the building was renovated inside and out, the school yard was cleaned up and tidied, and the fence was repaired.

President of the Raska Municipality presented the Novak Djokovic Foundation with acknowledgement for putting the municipality as a priority in the implementation of the Schools of Life project.

“Raska municipality has recognized the generous support of the Novak Djokovic Foundation and a great contribution of the project. The adaptation of the school in Biljanovac will greatly improve conditions for education of our youngest citizens and therefore the municipality presents the Foundation with one of its highest recognitions”

said Ignjat Rakitic, Deputy Mayor of Raska.

‘Friends of the Foundation’ donation

The Foundation and the PwC Serbia company donated computers to elementary school “Josif Pancic” from Baljevac village, whose branch school is the rural school in Biljanovac.


“PwC Serbia has been part of similar CSR (corporate social responsibility) projects for years. We hope that by donating computers to ”Josif Pancic” school, we are making contribution to the education of pupils from Baljevac village, and participating in this highly creative project of the Foundation,” said Jelena Miletic, Head of the Marketing and Communications Department, PwC Serbia.

In addition, the BIC company prepared product packages for all children attending the school in Biljanovac, and also for children included in the Schools of Life project. The BIC company will present the School of Life in Biljanovac with equipment and materials for drawing and creative workshops sufficient for the next year.

The “Schools of Life“ project is being implemented with professional support from the Centre for Interactive Pedagogy from Belgrade, aimed at creating better conditions for the education of children in Serbia. The project is designed for children from rural areas, who had no opportunity to go to kindergartens and preschool institutions. The Schools will primarily be places for children aged 3-6 years to play and learn. The program is also designed for children from vulnerable groups and children with disabilities to have access to preschool education.

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