UNICEF delivers personal safety supplies for protection against COVID-19 to children and caregivers in kindergartens
TBILISI, Georgia, 21 October 2020. UNICEF provided hygiene and personal protective materials to 336 kindergartens in Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti and Adjara regions of Georgia to ensure children and caregivers in pre-school institutions continue education in a safe environment. The supplies were procured with the support of USAID within the framework of the project “Preventing and Responding to COVID-19 in Georgia” and are part of the support to the Government of Georgia in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
The supplies will assist children, teachers and caregivers of the kindergartens in Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti and Adjara regions to continue receiving pre-education services and be protected from the virus.
The hygiene materials include disinfecting barriers, sanitizing liquids, hand sanitizers, antibacterial soap, and/or surface sanitizing liquids. Digital thermometers are also part of the supplies provided.
The handover event was attended by the Mayor of Rustavi Mr. Irakli Tabagua, USAID/Georgia’s Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Office Director Mr. Adam Schmidt and UNICEF Deputy Representative in Georgia, Ms. Amy Clancy.
"UNICEF continues to support education for every child in a safe and protective environment". - Amy Clancy
“UNICEF continues to support education for every child in a safe and protective environment”, said Amy Clancy, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Georgia. “The supplies delivered today, in partnership with USAID, will help children, teachers and caregivers in pre-school institutions stay safe while continuing the education process. UNICEF advocates for safe reopening of schools and pre-schools but at the same time there is a need to ensure adequate water, hygiene and sanitation in these institutions, carry out regular disinfection and keep physical distancing during the classes and social activities. Thanks to USAID for their continues support in providing necessary services to children, teachers and vulnerable groups across Georgia”, added the UNICEF Deputy Representative.
"The supplies we are handing over today will allow children, teachers, and caregivers continue the learning process in a safe environment". - Adam Schmidt
“USAID has responded rapidly to the pandemic, helping our Georgian counterparts keep people healthy and safe. The supplies we are handing over today will allow children, teachers, and caregivers continue the learning process in a safe environment,” said Adam Schmidt, USAID/Georgia’s Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Office Director. “We’re pleased to partner with UNICEF to help ensure a healthy and supportive environment for Georgia’s children, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and through our longstanding partnership.”
Last week UNICEF provided personal protective supplies to the National Agency for Crime Prevention and Probation and State Care Agency to support vulnerable children and young people involved in various programs there, as well as social workers, psychologists, caregivers and other frontline workers.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/georgia/