Works are Underway on the New Preschool for Children from the Village of Stopanje
Today, with the representatives of Trstenik municipality and the management of ‘Biseri’ Preschool Institution from Trstenik, we marked the beginning of works on the reconstruction of this institution. This project is valued at more than EUR 240,000, and once complete, it will accommodate another 75 children from this area and other surrounding areas. There are also plans for the reconstruction and expansion of the building of this institution, with the aim to open three new workrooms.
Marko Kovacevic, our project manager, stated that the basic idea behind this donation by the Foundation was to allow as many children in this local community as possible to have conditions for preschool education.
“As many as 657 children who live in the territory of Trstenik Municipality unfortunately do not have the possibility to go to kindergarten, and that is why this local community has a major need for expanding the capacities of the preschool institution. The total surface area of the new building will be 280 square meters, so the reconstruction of this kindergarten will allow 75 children to stay and grow up with the best conditions. So far, Novak Djokovic Foundation reconstructed or constructed 45 kindergartens, helping more than 22,000 children in Serbia, while also organizing training for close to 1,600 teachers in Serbia. Our goal is to provide ideal conditions for children’s growth and development, primarily to ensure that they have a stimulating environment to learn in,” says Kovacevic.
The total value of the Novak Djokovic Foundation’s donation is EUR 102,000, while 85,000 of which will be earmarked for performing all the necessary works, and the remaining 17,000 will be used for furnishing the new kindergarten.
Trstenik Municipality President Aleksandar Ciric expressed great gratitude to the Foundation and its founders.
“With the construction of this building, the conditions for quality early development and growth of children have been improved, and this is a contribution towards accomplishing our goal to create equal conditions for the children to grow up and learn in the entire territory of Trstenik Municipality, particularly in areas which have demographic problems. We want to express our gratitude and pride, for everything that Novak and Jelena Djokovic and the Foundation did for our country, and for what they will do for the Trstenik Municipality in the coming period, and this will serve as additional motivation to us to continue investing into creating better conditions for the youngest generations, “said Ciric.
Director of ‘Biseri’ Preschool Institution Marina Petrovic underscored the importance of this partnership, which will lead to a better life both for the children and their parents.
“Thanks to the cooperation of ‘Biseri’ Preschool Institution, Trstenik Municipality and Novak Djokovic Foundation, we had the idea to introduce daycare in the kindergarten, which will make life significantly easier to the people from this area, and make the daily lives of their children nicer,” Petrović concluded.