More and more kindergartens in Moldova are provided with cognitive toys for child development
Bulboaca village, Moldova, 27 December 2012 – More than 57,000 children from 517 kindergartens and community centers in Moldova, including those for children with special educational needs, will receive LEGO and DUPLO toys valuing USD 1.5 million.
The donation is part of a public-private partnership project between UNICEF and the LEGO Foundation, with support of Danish Embassy in Moldova and the Ministry of Education.
A public event to announce the distribution of toys to the most vulnerable kindergartens in Moldova was organized at the end of December 2012 in the Bulboaca village, Anenii-Noi district, not far from the capital Chisinau. The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education, UNICEF, local authorities and media. Children from the local kindergarten who were the first to receive the toys prepared poems and songs and thanked the guests for their special gifts.
Alexandra Yuster, UNICEF Representative in Moldova, mentioned in her opening remarks that "both learning and play are very important and it’s a right of every child. We are pleased to see that more and more children in Moldova have the chance to go to kindergarten and to enjoy better conditions for education. Toys we donated today will allow children to have fun and learn at the same time," she stated during the donation ceremony.
The Minister of Education Maia Sandu said in her welcoming speech that LEGO toys help children become creative, inventive and teaches them to work together. "I'm sure that children from this kindergarten will be delighted by this gift. I want to thank our colleagues from UNICEF and the Embassy of Denmark and Lego Foundation for this gift, "said Mrs. Sandu.
Kindergartens in Moldova, especially in poor rural communities, do not have books and toys to develop children's creativity. A UNICEF study shows that every fourth child grows up without having toys and books. LEGO and DUPLO toys are recognized internationally for their quality to stimulate the intellectual and social development of children. The donation will fill this gap.
The current donation is the second tranche of a larger project aiming to provide cognitive toys to preschool institutions in Moldova. Last year other 400 kindergartens have also received toys that have benefited around 27,000 children. Overall 66 percent of kindergartens around the country were covered with LEGO toys in 2011 and 2012 and 60 percent of 3-6 year-old children benefited from them.
In Moldova there are 1440 kindergartens. 22 percent of children aged 3-6 years are not enrolled in preschool education.
More information and photos from the event are available on the UNICEF Moldova Facebook page
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