UNICEF develops new standards for shelter design in educational institutions
UNICEF signs memorandum with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and Zhytomyr City Council
On 30 November, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine signed a memorandum of understanding with the Zhytomyr City Council and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine on developing new standards for shelters.
UNICEF will develop national guidelines for establishing secure conditions in preschools and secondary education institutions, encompassing project and technical documentation, as well as designing projects for shelters within educational institutions, which will be used to build new shelters for schools and kindergartens in Ukraine.
These projects will take into account children's needs of psychological and physiological comfort and will comply with the new state building standards.All developed project documentation will be publicly available to all communities in Ukraine through the Diia app. This will allow all communities to save money and significantly reduce the time to start building shelters.
In 2024, the first shelters under the new standards will be rehabilitated by the Zhytomyr City Council in educational institutions in the city. Based on these standard projects, the Ministry of Education will support rehabilitation of shelters throughout the country to ensure that every child has access to quality education even during times of war.
As part of the memorandum, design and estimate documentation will be developed for kindergartens for 100, 150, 200, and 250 children, and for schools for 200, 300, 500, and 700 children.
This initiative is a significant contribution to ensuring continued education. Its aim is for children to return to school and resume their in-person learning in comfortable and safe conditions.