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A Present for the New School Year from a Joint EU/UNDP Project

On the eve of September 1, as many as two children’s preschool institutions of the Homieĺ Region overjoyed their kindergarteners by new sports and gaming facilities. On August 27, a welcoming and modern gym/music hall opened after renovation in the Crèche and Kindergarten No. 2 in the town of Chojniki, and a playground was put in operation on the premises of the kindergarten in the village of Sudkava in the Chojniki District. That became possible thanks to the financial assistance of the EU/UNDP project “Combat the Negative Effects of the Chernobyl disaster in Belarus”.

It has been proven that precisely at the preschool age one lays the foundations for health and longevity, develops physical and mental capacity for work, and a need for physical exercise that is essential for the normal functioning of all systems of the body. Therefore, it is extremely important to organize physical education at an earliest age, and a prominent role in this context is played by the equipment of a kindergarten gym and playground.

Aside from renovating the building itself, the project purchased new sports and musical equipment, chairs, a laptop, a projector with a screen, a stereo-system, and other items for the Chojniki-based Children’s Crèche and Kindergarten No. 2. The amount of funding came up to more than 9,000 US dollars.

For the kindergarten in the village of Sudkava (the only one available in that inhabited locality), equipment for physical education and games was purchased and installed on the playgrounds, outdoor amenities were manufactured, and flowerbeds were made. As a result, 45 local infants obtained a wonderful opportunity to strengthen their health and improve their frame of mind.

While giving a speech at the opening of the facility in Sudkava, Mr. Vladislav Dubikovsky, Regional Coordinator for the EU/UNDP Project in the Chojniki District, told everyone how surprised he had been when one day he saw workers from a nearby construction site doing something in the kindergarten construction area. It turned out they had decided to help!

On her part, Ms. Liudmila Kulakovskaya, Head of the District Education Department of the Chojniki District Executive Committee, emphasized the importance of striking a balance between the donors' financial support and the human contribution of parents themselves, and expressed the hope that such cooperation would continue.

Thus, thanks to the joint efforts of children's parents, teachers, and the rest of the kindergarten staff, financial support from the European Union and the UN Development Programme, as well as local authorities, local initiatives were successfully implemented.

On the same day (August 27), a district job fair took place in Chojniki within the framework of the EU/UNDP project with the participation of the local district executive committee and the Centre for the Support of Entrepreneurship under “BusinessCentre LLC” – the final fair in a series of similar events organized by the project for young specialists and unemployed people from the four districts of the Homieĺ Region affected by the Chernobyl NPP accident.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Elena Sedach, Public Relations Associate for the Project, at +375-17-256-1457, +375-44-786-5556, e-mail address , or Mr. Vladislav Khilkevich, UNDP Communications Associate in Belarus, at +375-17-227-3817, e-mail address .


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