On 28th of February 2017, the only kindergarten in the Municipality of Suto Orizari was completely destroyed by a fire. The 200 children who previously attendfed the kindergarten had to make due with improvised classrooms in a local high school. Because of the widespread discrimination and multiple forms of social exclusion faced by Roma, there was an urgent need for a permanent solution.
With the complete funding from the Kingdom of Norway, UNDP has in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Municipality of Suto Orizari successfully built back the entire facility in a period of 18 months.
The kindergarten offers a safer, warmer and disability-friendly environment. It is now easier to maintain and less expensive to operate, and the facility adhere to the latest standards for indoor and outdoor structures. The Norwegian Embassy and UNDP hope that the facility will be fully functional in October, once the municipality completes all pending administrative procedures.
The North-Macedonian Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Mila Carovska, visited the kindergarten on 6th of September together with our First Secretary, Mr. Geir Håkon Johansen. Carovska wrote on her Facebook that there is no better and more valuable investment than the investment in early children’s development.