Dnipro/Sloviansk, 30 June 2016 – UNICEF Ukraine and the Education Department of Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the framework of the project “Towards greater social cohesion and integration of IDPs in eastern Ukraine.” The Memorandum defines collaboration in the area of safe access to education for all children, including improvement of the education infrastructure and creating child-friendly learning and development environment, provision of education supplies, sports and educational equipment and furniture for schools and kindergartens.
Thanks to the USD 14 million financial support from the Federal Republic of Germany, through the Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KFW) bank, the project includes a range of activities aimed at strengthening social cohesion and integration of IDPs in five eastern regions of Ukraine – Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia and government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk.
In the framework of the Memorandum, sports equipment was delivered today to school #45 in Dnipro and school #13 in Sloviansk. In total, 301 schools in the five regions will be covered by the programme.
In addition, a number of kindergartens will be refurbished and furnished which will allow to create 7,500 new seats. They will also receive education supplies, so 13,000 young children will benefit from improved quality preschool education.
For young children at risk of or with special needs and their families, early intervention services will be expanded to maximise children’s development opportunities. New service points for early interventions will be created, strengthening the capacities of 400 professionals who already work in the east and building awareness among parents and caregivers about disabilities and early intervention services. Mobile teams will also reach rural and isolated areas with early intervention services.
At least 20 youth centres in five regions will help 1,300 adolescents implement children’s own social projects, build leadership and conflict resolution skills and express their opinions through the production of their own multi-media content.
Currently, there are some 3.1 million people in need in Ukraine as a result of the conflict. The vast majority of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) are hosted in communities which have been heavily affected, including by the destruction of key infrastructure such as water distribution systems and education facilities. Communities in the project regions have shown remarkable solidarity, hosting and supporting people displaced by the conflict. Responding to the particular challenges faced by children, their families and their communities, a second project will support the integration of displaced people and support social services with the aim of promoting social cohesion and increased resilience in these regions.
UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. Since then, the children’s agency has been working to improve the lives of children and families throughout Ukraine. For more information about UNICEF Ukraine visit: www.unicef.org/ukraine/
For more information on the UNICEF emergency response in Ukraine visit www.unicef.org/ukraine/children_26253.html
The Humanitarian Action for Children in Ukraine appeal is available here www.unicef.org/appeals/ukraine.html
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