Children should grow up in families. The boarding schools that are Soviet-era holdovers will be reformed in line with the European standards. The Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk made this statement at the first enlarged meeting of the Coordination Council on reforming the system of institutional care and upbringing of children.
"The Government gives priority to family forms of education and creates maximum conditions for children to be raised in the families," Oleksiy Honcharuk emphasized.
According to the Prime Minister, the state allocates about UAH 12 billion to the system of children's boarding establishments. However, 85% of funding is directed to orphanages, and only 15% is spent directly on the child. "This is unacceptable. And in the coming years, it is necessary to drastically retrofit the system, it should become child-centric. This is one of the overriding priorities for the Government," the Prime Minister emphasized.
Oleksiy Honcharuk underlined that the Government had already increased the payments to orphans and children deprived of parental care to 2.5 and 3.5 times (for children with disabilities) living wages per child. Funds have been allocated for the purchase of 1,701 apartments for orphans.
Apart from that, financing to stimulate the development of social services, construction of small group houses is envisaged in 2020.
The Prime Minister also instructed the line ministry to coordinate implementation of the said measures and create the necessary legal framework and training. The local authority was also commissioned to help the first 10% of children in finding families in order to leave boarding schools.
"We have to at least halve the number of orphan boarding schools in Ukraine over 4 years. This is an absolutely realistic plan", the Prime Minister underscored.