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Vidovice: Build Back Better

Vidovice, August 1, 2014. - During the visit to Vidovice the representatives of UNICEF Offices in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Government of the Republic of Croatia, represented by Mr. Milan Bošnjak, announced assistance amounting to EUR 100.000 for the reconstruction of Antun Gustav Matoš Primary School. It is a joint donation of UNICEF Office in Croatia and Government of the Republic of Croatia for school reconstruction works.

A.G. Matoš Primary School is one of the 9 educational facilities in Posavina Canton, that need to be reconstructed due to extensive damages on buildings caused by the floods that affected the area in May of this year.

The goal of UNICEF is to ensure a reconstruction in compliance with the principle “Build back better'' in order to prevent any possible future damages caused by natural disasters. Such a reconstruction implies the purchase of high-quality windows and floors, but also support in architectural adaptations in order for the reconstructed school to ensure access for children with movement disabilities.

''I am very proud that the Government of Croatia and UNICEF offices in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina joined hands to support the realization of children’s right to education.. UNICEF Office in Croatia wholeheartedly thanks citizens and companies that helped achieving this goal by donating. Thanks to their donations and the donation of the Government of the Republic of Croatia children in Vidovice will be able to start the new school year on time, in the reconstructed, improved school'', said the Head of UNICEF Office in Croatia, Valentina Otmačić, during the meeting with Mr. Marko Nedic,Assistant Minister of Education of Posavina Canron.

''UNICEF Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been participating in the assistance provided to children and families in the flood affected areas, together with numerous partners and donors from the international community. The fruitful cooperation between UNICEF Offices in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina aiming at children's wellbeing gets a new dimension of neighborly solidarity today – the support of citizens and Government of the Republic of Croatia to realization of children rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We will look into increasing this kind of cooperation among the two countries '', said Paolo Marchi, UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina Representative a.i.

The beginning of reconstruction works at Antun Gustav Matoš School in Vidovice will start as soon as possible. The overall project value is assessed at around EUR 112.000. The remaining amount for the procurement and furnishings for the school will be provided by UNICEF Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with other donors.






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