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170 children benefit from better conditions at the “Garofița” kindergarten in Cocieri village

170 children benefit from better conditions at the "Garofița" kindergarten in Cocieri village

The “Garofița” kindergarten in Cocieri village, Dubăsari district was renovated and modernised according to the best educational practices, with the support of the European Union and the UNDP. Thus, all kindergarten’s children, including nursery school children, will benefit from better conditions for early education. To carry out all these works, approximately 173 thousand euros were invested during 2019-2022, through the EU “Confidence Building Measures” Programme, implemented by UNDP.

“These projects offer the opportunity to see the real help that our Western partners offer us in this sensitive area. A help that translates into new infrastructure projects, new cultural projects, also education projects,” said Oleg Serebrian, Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration.

“The European Union is proud to contribute to improved access to quality and inclusive early education for children on both banks of the Nistru river. The renovation of the Cocieri kindergarten provides the necessary learning environment and more comfortable conditions for the children and the teachers who now benefit of modern classrooms, new furniture, repaired sanitary facilities etc. The kindergarten from Cocieri is a perfect example of the values that the European Union is promoting through the Confidence Building Measures: cooperation between the communities along the Nistru river, united to bring concrete solutions to common needs,” mentioned Jānis Mažeiks, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova.

The block four of the pre-school institution benefited from the capital repair of the roof. Two classrooms for children including the access spaces to them and the sanitary facilities were also repaired. The classrooms were equipped with furniture and bed linen.

The improved conditions in the kindergarten made possible the opening of three additional classes and created new job opportunities.

“We are pleased to learn that due to improved conditions of the kindergarten, the capacity of this educational institution has doubled and children from neighbouring villages have access to quality early childhood education. Parents are able to pursue their professional paths while their children are looked after in this establishment,” said Andrea Cuzyova, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. to the Republic of Moldova.

The “Garofița” kindergarten from Cocieri is attended by approximately 170 children, who also come from nearby communities – Dubăsari, Corjova and Roghi.

At the same time, Dance, judo, Romanian and English courses are conducted at the kindergarten.

“Thanks to long-term investments, the kindergarten has become more attractive both for the children from the community and for those from the neighboring localities. The kindergarten has practically become a small community center where children can also attend various classes,” said Tatiana Nirca, director of the “Garofița” kindergarten in Cocieri.

During 2017-2018, also with the support of the EU “Confidence Building Measures” Programme, more than 83 thousand euros were allocated for repair works of block three of the kindergarten: changing the networks (electricity, ventilation, heating), building a new roof, repairing the festivities hall, modernisation of the rainwater drainage system etc.