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Kindergarten opens in Dvani village

By Tatia Megeneishvili
Thursday, September 25
A kindergarten was opened in the village Dvani on September 22. 90,000 EUR was spent for the kindergarten and after four-months of renovation, 50 children aged 2-6 from two villages -Dvani and Takhtisdziri near the conflict zone – will have access to an improved kindergarten facility offering a healthy and friendly environment for early childhood development.

The kindergarten was built in 1988 and had never been renovated since then. It was seriously affected during the 2008 War as well. Headmistress of the kindergarten Inga Kopadze said that the place looks like a paradise compared to how it was.

“The United Nations joins hands with the European Union to help people in the Shida Kartli villages to rebuild their lives disrupted by conflicts. The renovation of the kindergarten in Dvani is part of this support which also includes assistance to small farmers and the rehabilitation of the water supply system,” stated Head of the European Union Delegation to Georgia, the United Nations Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia, Niels Scott.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Georgia, Simone Wolken stated that the EU, UNDP and UNHCR are making children laugh and smile again after years of being affected – first by the 2008 war and then by the dividing line with South Ossetia, which is just meters from the kindergarten.

“Children need to overcome these bad experiences so that they can look forward to a bright future. A colorful and inspiring kindergarten is one important step in this direction,” she said.

EU ambassador to Georgia Philip Dimitrov stressed that Europe cares for Georgia.

“Children are our future, they create it and the future must be better and European,” he said.

State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality, Paata Zakareishvili evaluated the event as a response to barbed wire fences.

“The time does not matter, we will continue building and standing by the side of our people,” he said.

Minister of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, Sozar Subari said that the event was especially significant due to its location.

“People should keep in mind that life continues. I hope that there will no longer be any barbed wire fences in the future,” he said.