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Over 150.000 children affected by the conflict in Ukraine gained improved access to education as result of UNICEF, Government of Japan cooperation in 2015-2016

30 August 2016, Sievierodonetsk – The UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Giovanna Barberis and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Shigeki Sumi visited eastern Ukraine this week to assess the results of cooperation on projects aimed at improving lives and well-being of children affected by the conflict.

Throughout 2015-2016, UNICEF Ukraine thanks to contribution of the Government of Japan has supported two projects aimed at bettering the situation of children in the east. The “Early Recovery of Social Services and Peacebuilding in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions” project supported the restoration of critical social infrastructure and services for the most vulnerable groups and helped strengthen the local authorities’ capacities to facilitate early recovery activities. The “Improving Access to Quality Education for Children Affected by the Crisis in Eastern Ukraine” project aimed to provide a safe educational environment for children in two eastern regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk. It included physical rehabilitation of educational facilities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and provision of educational equipment and learning materials.

The Japanese contribution has enabled multifaceted improvement of the quality of education of children in the east of Ukraine. More than 150,000 children affected by the conflict were reached through rehabilitation of schools, school supplies, and delivery of education and early childhood development kits.

“It is tremendously important that children have access to a safe learning environment. Education is a fundamental human right and the basis of a child’s successful and productive future. We are grateful to the Government of Japan for their assistance in making a difference for children in Ukraine,” said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine. “We are also grateful to both Donetsk and Luhansk regional administrations for the fruitful cooperation.”

Thanks to the Government of Japan, 45 education facilities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, damaged by the conflict and selected based on the number of IDP children hosted by the schools, were rehabilitated. Rehabilitation covered main works, such as heating system, roof and windows replacement, and toilets repairs. The Japanese funds were also used to provide safe drinking water and hygiene products to schools.

Over 150,000 children have received education and early childhood development kits with most needed stationary, books, and development materials.

On 30 August, the delegation visited three education facilities rehabilitated in the framework of UNICEF and Government of Japan cooperation: school No.8 in Lysychansk and No.2 in Luhansk region, and Kindergarten No.43 in Mykolaivka, Donetsk Region.


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.



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