It is crucial for Ukraine to provide the relevant access of
children to preschool education and rest in school camps, Prime Minister of
Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said during a Government meeting on Thursday.
"It is necessary to analyze along the areas: which is
the level of access, coverage by preschool education for children. I believe
this issue should be kept a priority, within the review, as a child, if
properly trained in preschool institutions, gets to elementary school
possessing relevant knowledge. This allows the child to be more successful in
school," explained Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister noted that we must understand the
situation within the country in terms of access of children to preschool
education. In this regard, the Head of Government instructed the Ministry of
Education and Science of Ukraine together with local authorities to clarify
this issue and to outline the real situation in the country.
"If we join efforts, coordinate this issue, it will
give us the opportunity to realize clearly how we ensure coverage, where we
have, in which regions, the critical state of providing places in
kindergartens, so that we could help them", he said, stressing that in
this matter there are envisaged tools of the State Regional Development Fund.
The Head of Government noted that as a result
of financial decentralization the regions obtained the
powers “to open new groups, new places, to
improve conditions of stay of children in kindergartens". "We have
all these opportunities", he stressed. “I
think that this issue is among core ones for local
Moreover, the Prime Minister urged the
Ministry of Education and Science jointly with the local authorities
to clarify the situation with the availability of school camps and to
enlarge access to such kind of rest.
"Not all Ukrainian families can
afford to send their children to the sea. Therefore, we should
enlarge the number of summer school camps, which are
popular among children, but there is often the lack of places
to get there," said Volodymyr Groysman.