The Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Marin Piletić, announced on Monday plans to create 26,000 more kindergarten places across Croatia by 2026 in order to ensure equal opportunities for all children in the education system. As part of this initiative, the government has committed to providing additional funds for preschool education and investing in the construction, renovation, and extension of over 500 kindergartens throughout Croatia.
To prevent price increases due to rising inflation, the government is also co-financing the work of kindergartens with 70 million euros per year. Local self-government units will use their allocated funds to improve services, capacities, equipment, and salaries for teachers.
During a Council session held on World Children’s Day, Piletić presented the Annual Awards for the Promotion of Children’s Rights in 2023. The winners included professors from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb who were recognized for their work promoting the right to a school meal. As a result of this initiative, government funding was provided for one free school meal per day for all primary school students.
Additionally recognized were social worker Matej Korušac from the Croatian Institute for Social Work and his efforts in child adoption. Through his work, five adoptions of children with developmental difficulties were achieved within just eighteen months.
Finally, Piletić mentioned that construction of “Mali Princ” rehabilitation center for children with developmental disabilities was completed through a collaborative effort. The center provides social services, housing, personal assistance and therapy for over 130 members.
Overall these initiatives are aimed at providing equal opportunities in various aspects of life and ensuring that every child has access to quality education and healthcare services.