29. March. 2023
AGREEMENT SIGNED ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW KINDERGARTEN IN THE ERDEC SETTLEMENT OF KRAGUJEVAC
Earlier today, the Minister of Education Branko Ruzic and the Mayor of Kragujevac, Nikola Dasic, have signed an Agreement on the construction of a new kindergarten, in the Kragujevac settlement Erdec, with a capacity of 270 places.
The new facility will cover 1700m2, its construction will be financed by the Ministry of Education with the support of the World Bank, while the local self-government will provide the land and communal infrastructure, permits, supervision.
Minister of Education Branko Ruzic emphasized that only by building new and expanding the existing capacities of kindergartens the preconditions can be created for even more children to be included in preschool education.
“That is why the project was launched with the support of the World Bank, which provides 11,000 new places by building new kindergartens, upgrading and adapting existing facilities throughout Serbia,” said the minister.
He explained that 12 kindergartens have been built or started under the “Inclusive Preschool Education” Project and added that about 200 million dinars will be invested in the construction of kindergartens in Kragujevac.
“The need for new kindergartens in Kragujevac has existed for years. We solved that problem, like most other cities and municipalities in Serbia, by financing the stay of children in about twenty private kindergartens, and we are talking about 2700 kids. Even so, on average between 700 and 800 children remain below the line. That is why this is a very important day for Kragujevac, because we are one step closer to abolishing the waiting list,” said the mayor of Kragujevac, Nikola Dasic.
The construction of a new building in Kragujevac is part of the “Inclusive Preschool Education” project, which is implemented by the Ministry of Education with the support of the World Bank, and aims to improve the availability of preschool education and education, as well as the quality and conditions. So far, the construction of kindergartens in Sremska Mitrovica, Zitoraza, Doljevac, Merosina, Loznica, two in Krusevac, Vladicin Han, Prokuplje, Tutin, Smederevo, and Sid have been completed or started. In addition to the kindergarten in Kragujevac, the construction of facilities in Novi Pazar and Petrovac na Mlavi is about to begin. An important aspect of the project is the inclusion of children from the earliest age, as well as the education of parents on this issue. The project has been implemented since 2018 and is worth 47 million euros.
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