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Children from Debreshe and Ciglana to get a pre-school for the first time

GOSTIVAR, 25 June 2014:  Mr. Nevzat Bejta, Mayor of Gostivar and Ms. Rajae Msefer Berrada, UNICEF Deputy Representative today signed a memorandum of understanding to establish two new early childhood development centres in the villages Debreshe and Ciglana.  

There are some 1,600 children aged 3-5 years in the municipality of Gostivar, yet pre-school services are currently only available in one state funded kindergarten and one private kindergarten in the municipal capital.   With the new early childhood development centre in the village Debreshe and Ciglana, approximately 200 children will be able to attend pre-school programmes for the first time. 

“These are the first pre-school education institutions opened out of the city, one in the village of Debreshe and the other one in the community Ciglana, ” said Mr Nevzat Bejta, Mayor of Gostivar.  “As of now children living in town and children living in rural areas are becoming equal.”

Up until recently, the only option for municipalities to expand pre-school services was to establish kindergartens, however for many this was not an options.  The new law on child protection now provides municipalities with the legal basis to increase coverage and improve the quality of preschool programs by opening centres for early childhood development.  

“Children who attended quality pre-school programmes do better in primary school and have better chances later in their life,” Ms. Rajae Msefer Berrada, UNICEF Deputy Representative.  “Early childhood development centres are an affordable way to make sure all children have this opportunity.” 

The centre in Debreshe will be opened with funds donated by Foundation T-Mobile for Macedonia through the initiative “the first 5 are the most important”.  While the centre in Ciglana will be opened as part of a multi-country Roma Inclusive Education initiated funded by the Austrian Government. 

For more information, please contact: Suzie Pappas Capovska, UNICEF Skopje (02) 3231-150 (ext: 127), 072 236 725 or  




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