Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care Project: 40 Study Rooms Already Opened and 1000 New Places for Children Secured
Inclusive early childhood education and care, Novak Djokovic Foundation’s project realized in cooperation with the World Bank and the Serbian Ministry of Education signed in May this year, means that, by the end of 2022, at least 120 preschool study rooms in public facilities and existing preschool institutions will have been adapted and equipped. After today’s opening in Raca, a significant milestone of 40 study rooms and 1000 new children in preschool has been achieved.
Maja Kremic, national director of Novak Djokovic Foundation, and Branko Ruzic, minister o education in the Republic of Serbia attended the opening of 9 study rooms in Raca today, within the Inclusive early childhood education and care project, a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development of the Government of Serbia, the World Bank, and the Novak Djokovic Foundation. In Raca, like in all other cities, the Foundation coordinated the activities on the reconstruction, conversion, and adaptation of those premises and equipped them with furniture and didactic material.
Minister Ruzic lauded the synergy of all parties involved and said that Raca has a reason to celebrate because, thanks to everyone’s great effort, the long-anticipated dream came true:
“It’s great to know that, as of next Monday, this preschool will welcome almost 300 children who will fill its premises with joy, laughter, and happiness. Raca is one of those exemplary municipalities who show that even a small town can enjoy a great presence on the state map – economically, culturally, and touristically alike,” commented Minister Ruzic.
Maja Kremic agreed with him and added the following:
“This partnership with the Ministry of Education and the World Bank is the most significant project that the Novak Djokovic Foundation started this year, and we are already yielding the results of our hard work. The adaptation and furnishing of these 9 study rooms in Raca is even more special because, with it, we have reached a significant milestone of 40 study rooms which equals 1000 new children – and to achieve this in such short span is just phenomenal. We are looking forward to the next year when we will continue in the same fashion, by giving an opportunity to an even larger number of children to attend the early years programs,” concluded Maja Kremic, National Director of NDF.
Except for Raca, where 270 new preschool places have been secured, the study rooms have been opened in the following Serbian municipalities: Svilajnac, the village of Kusiljevo (85 children), Vracar in Belgrade (150 children), Stari grad in Belgrade (75 children), Obrenovac (190 children), Nova Varos (80 children), Doljevac (105 children), and Vladicin Han (75 children).
On Friday already, we are opening another 13 study rooms in the municipality of Cukarica in Belgrade. In addition, by the end of next year, children in the following cities will also be given an opportunity to attend preschool education for the very first time: Vlasotince, Varvarin, Trstenik, Brus, Kraljevo, Cacak, Obrenovac, Jagodina, Batocina, Velika Plana, Bac, Apatin, Sid, Cajetina. Novak Djokovic Foundation will keep supporting the efforts of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development to improve the system of preschool education and to carry out the educational process in even better conditions.
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