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Preschool Education in Gunja

The Ganja workshop, which was launched in Gunja after the flooding that occurred in 2015, helped children like six-year old Ibrahim divert their thoughts away from the flooding and towards playing, creativity and socialising with their peers

His mother said, “Thanks to the workshop Ibrahim stopped painting only water and talking about nothing except the flood and the works which need to be done before life can return to normal.”

Ganja enabled Ibrahim to go to the seaside for the first time in his life, to visit a zoo, travel by train, bus and tram, and make new friends.

" After humanitarian assistance and workshops for the flooded areas, UNICEF initiated the establishment of the first kindergarten in Gunja."

When the floods hit Županjska Posavina UNICEF provided families with humanitarian assistance and educational material. In order to help children whom the floods had deprived of much more than a roof over their head, UNICEF and the association Our Children Vinkovci started a workshop in Gunja.

To help them overcome trauma, apart from educational, creative and recreational activities, children were provided with psychosocial support. In its first year the workshop was attended by some 200 children from the Municipality of Gunja and the surrounding area.

In an effort to prevent preschool education from being merely a temporary project that would stop once the reconstruction effort was completed after the flooding, UNICEF initiated the establishment of the first kindergarten in Gunja. The kindergarten is located in the new community centre.

UNICEF will assist with the establishment and equipping and will support the initial run of the kindergarten up until the end of 2016, when the Municipality will take over the financing.

>> Ganja in Gunja – a place where childrens hearts are full of joy

>> How the flood changed Ibrahim’s life

>> Assistance to Children and Families in Flooded areas

Updated: 11 May 2016
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