After 18 years, children have access to preschool education

08 Dec 2012

108 children from Farladeni village, Causeni rayon gained access to preschool education and 22 people got a job after the kindergarten from their village has been renovated with the financial assistance of the central and local authorities and the European Union in the framework of the "Support to Confidence Building Measures" (SCBM) Programme, implemented by UNDP.

The kindergarten in Farladeni had been closed for 18 years and there was no other preschool education facility in the area that the local children could attend. Even though the lack of a kindergarten was a major problem for the community, about 5 thousand villagers say they were not able to solve it on their own." Only thanks to the joint efforts of the people in the community, donors, central and local authorities we have managed to build one of the most modern kindergartens in the region and ensure our children’s access to quality education and an employment opportunity for the young families", Ion Gangan, mayor of the village, said at the opening ceremony.

With a budget of 239 thousand euro, the Farladeni kindergarten went through deep transformations during one year and a half. The works included renovation of walls and facade, roof, heating and sewerage systems, replacement of doors and windows, as well as the construction of an additional block. Also, the kindergarten has been equipped with all necessary furniture.

"As part of the joint EU-UNDP Programme, 28 social infrastructure development projects are under way bringing people across the two banks of the Nistru river closer”, said  Cihan Sultanoglu, Regional Director for Europe and CIS at the United Nations Development Programme. “As people get together to resolve issues of common concern, they build more confidence between them and improve their living conditions. Many thanks to EU and all partners who support this very important project for Moldova”.

Dirk Schuebel, Head of the European Union Delegation in Moldova, said that more than 120,000 people benefited from Programme’s activities which had a positive impact on both banks of the Nistru river. "The EU will continue supporting projects that promote confidence, in particular in 5 key areas: business development, civil society, social infrastructure renewal, health and environment protection," said Dirk Schuebel.

At the beginning of next year, a community market with a total capacity of 170 places will be created in Farladeni with the support of SCBM Programme, which will help to promote the economic development of the village and enhance the cooperation between people on both banks of the Nistru River.

The „Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme is a 3-year project implemented during 2012-2015. The Programme’s total budget is 10,600,000 euro, provided by the European Union (EUR 9,500,000) and UNDP (EUR 1,100,000).

Contact Information

Viorel Albu, Community Development Project Manager, SCBM Programme, Tel: (+ 373 22) 839 872, E-mail: viorel.albu@undp.org; or Natalia Costaş, Communication Consultant, SCBM Programme, Tel:(+ 373 22) 69221141, E mail: natalia.costas@undp.org