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Mykola Kuleba: The government should support families with children to prevent orphanhood

Mykola Kuleba: The government should support families with children to prevent orphanhood

Every child, especially an orphan or a child deprived of parental care, needs special attention and support by the government. Issues that should be immediately resolved include buying accommodation for such children, their healthcare, employment as well as granting them financial support.

These and other issues were raised during the round table «Social adaptation of orphans and children deprived of parental care» where Director of iDemocracy NGO Human Rights Initiative Mykola Kuleba participated.

The human rights activist paid special attention to the reform of boarding schools in his speech. For instance, according to the monitoring of boarding schools as of January 1, 2021, more than 90 thousand children live there. However only 3789 of them are orphans who need family care.

«The reform of boarding schools has been implementing in Ukraine since 2017 but it moves slowly due to extreme opposition by proponents of boarding schools. Unfortunately, they believe that parents’ intention to give their child to a boarding school is more important than the right of a child to live in a family»,

– highlighted Mykola Kuleba.

However, the government should exercise this right by providing a child with everything he/she needs, particularly with quality education, health care and other social services. According to Director of iDemocracy NGO Human Rights Initiative Mykola Kuleba it enables to prevent orphanhood.

«Why didn’t you support my family? I had to spend my childhood in a boarding school», – this question I hear from graduates of boarding schools. Today the government should answer this question»,

– summarized Director of iDemocracy NGO Human Rights Initiative Mykola Kuleba.

The round table «Social adaptation of orphans and children deprived of parental care» was organized to provide a dialogue about relevant challenges and issues of orphanhood in contemporary Ukrainian society as well as ways to overcome them. The meeting of the round table is available via the link .