UNICEF has donated toys and equipment to 12 kindergartens from Transdniestria
UNICEF, 20 May 2013 - UNICEF donated a lot of toys and equipment to several kindergartens in Transnistria. The donation is part of a public-private partnership project implemented by UNICEF with financial support from the Swedish Company IKEA.
The project aims to ensure access to quality early education for preschool children.
This is the first donation of its kind in the region. Overall 12 kindergartens in different regions of Transnistria received LEGO toys, books, furniture and technical equipment that will help children and educators to work more efficiently.
The donation ceremony was held in the kindergarten No.3 in Proteagailovka village, Bender district. The event was attended by Alexandra Yuster, UNICEF Representative in Moldova and Transnistrian officials.
"Education is a fundamental right of every child. But at this early age is very important that children learn through play. Through this donation of toys and equipment, UNICEF aims to ensure a better quality of preschool education for children" said Alexandra Yuster, UNICEF Representative in Moldova. She also noted that "UNICEF is keen to continue working in the region in the best interests of children, as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child".
According to UNICEF, the first years of life are the most important for child development. It is now when the child discovers the world, understands better the things around him, and develops thinking, observation, imagination skills. The toys and equipment will come to fill the existing gaps in the preschools and will give children the chance for harmonious development.
The donation of goods to Transnistrian kindergartens is part of the project "Improving access to quality early education for all children, especially most vulnerable".
As part of this project 42 community centers were established and equipped with furniture, technical equipment, toys and books, over two thousand children aged 3-6 years were enrolled in preschool education, and many educators, preschool managers, mayors and parents were trained to ensure quality early education for young children.