Reopening of the kindergarten in Suto Orizari with the support of the Kingdom of Norway

Picture of the kids performing in the kindergarten - Photo:Facebook - Мила Царовска

UNDP North-Macedonia, with the complete funding from the Norwegian Embassy, has successfully built back the only kindergarten in Suto Orizari, which burned down on 28th of February 2017.

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.

Picture of the kindergarten from the outside
Photo:Facebook - Мила Царовска

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.

A picture of the kindergarten from the inside
Photo:Facebook - Мила Царовска

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.

People looking at one of the rooms inside the kindergarten
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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.

Picture of kids playing outside
Photo:Facebook - Мила Царовска