Stairs no longer in the way of education
SPLIT, Croatia - 27 March 2009
Elementary school Gripe in Split became the first school in Croatia to carry the prestigious title School without barriers. This achievement for school children with disabilities in Split was made possible through the partnership between the City of Split, the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, UNICEF and donors.
The Minister of Science, Education and Sports, Dragan Primorac, awarded the school with a plaque which marked the establishment of the Network of Schools without Barriers. Currently, this network counts 40 elementary schools and 12 high schools in the country. The Ministry plans to include a total of200 Croatian schools in the Network in the next two years.
UNICEF supported the supply and construction of 3 access ramps that enable access to every classroom in the school for children with disabilities. The funds for this project were raised last year during a Fundraising Gala Dinner titled A Promise to Children with participation of all four UNICEF National Ambassadors - Zlatan Stipisic Gibonni, Bojana Gregoric Vejzovic, Maja Vucic and Slaven Bilic.
The Mayor of Split, Ivan Kuret, conveyed additional good news to the children of Elementary school Gripe. He said that very soon construction work will begin to build a gym for the school.
"Today we are witnessing the power of the unite for children project. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this great result for children and I am hoping that in many schools to follow, stairs will no longer stand in a way of education," said UNICEF Head of Office, Tanja Radocaj ,during the award ceremony in Split.