Community Reading Centre for the conflict affected children in Gori
TBILISI. 10 March, 2009. The Memorandum of Understanding to launch a new community reading centre at the Building of Gori Municipality, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and UNICEF is being signed on 11 March in Gori. First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Ms. Anna Zhvania, Governor of Gori Mr. David Khmiadashvili and UNICEF Representative in Georgia Ms Giovanna Barberis will sign the memorandum.
The Community Reading Centre is a response of the Ministry of Education and Science and UNICEF to ensure that conflict affected children have adequate access to stimulation, learning and development opportunities in a safe and secure environment, free of violence and discrimination.
The centre will allow approximately 6,000 internally displaced and local community children to have access to textbooks, picture books, literature and reference books, as well as be able to enjoy computer classes, drama, and recreation and sport activities. This will help children to develop their literacy skills and interest in reading and learning, and will also contribute to further growth and development - all so essential for school success.
The centre will also have early childhood learning programme that will enhance development and wellbeing of young children and prepare them for school and beyond. Quality preschool activities prior to school entry will provide structured learning opportunities and the emotional stability children need to reach their full potential.
The centre will have section of journalism, drama class and youth club that will enable young people of different ages to meaningfully use their leisure time for learning and development.
The Public Community Reading Centre for children and youth will be launched in Gori on the address of 20, Sukhishvili Street. It is planned to officially open and refurbish the centre in late fall.
The Centre will be managed and administered by the Gori Municipality in cooperation with the Gori Education and Resource Centre of the Ministry of Education and Science. UNICEF is providing financial, technical assistance and essential supplies to the Community Reading Centre.
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