According to monitoring studies of the institutional system of establishments of social protection of children in Ukraine, about 104 thousand children are brought up in institutional care establishments. Such data was announced by the presidential Commissioner for children’s rights Mykola Kuleba at a press conference in the presidential Administration, reported on the website of the President.
According to the information Commissioner, on the average every three days in Ukraine 250 children are held in institutions institutional care and 35 every child is a pupil in a boarding school. In total in Ukraine there are 774 residential institutions and institutions of social protection of children, raising approximately 104 thousand children, of which only about 10 thousand children-orphans and children deprived of parental care, everyone else has parents.
«Instead of raising healthy, intelligent kids in the family, parents give them to orphanages. You need to understand that in institutions children do not have those social skills that everyone needs for life in society. In addition, after leaving the orphanage, the child finds no place in the family, because family relations are already broken. For the financing of boarding schools, the government spends huge amounts of money, and it would be better to direct them to family support, to provide the child with necessary services in the community and to do everything to this child remained in the family» — said Kuleba.
According to the study, for the child in residential institutions and social security institutions the state provides from 14 to 3 thousand UAH per month. Total funding for residential institutions is more than 5 billion UAH. While the direct costs for maintenance of children (food, clothes, treatment, shoes) make up only 12% of the total funds utilities — 11%, staff salaries — 70%.
Kuleba emphasized that the path of Ukraine’s integration into the European Union is one of the priority tasks of the state is to enforce the rights and freedoms of children, the approximation of living standards to European.
«All civilized countries refuse the existence of the boarding school system of education. This process has begun in Ukraine. Today was the first meeting of the working group, which includes Deputy Ministers and representatives of public organizations. The task of the members of the working group is to execute the order of the President and until may 10 to submit proposals of amendments to the legislation that will reform the system of boarding schools,» — said Kuleba.
The study was carried out by the Authorized President of Ukraine on children’s rights jointly with the Ukrainian public organization «Ukraine without orphans».
We will remind, on December 18 2015 the orphans were allowed to «vote» a few laws in the Verkhovna Rada.
Also soobshalos that completely eliminate the boarding plan in the Odessa region.
Ukraine plans to reform the system of children’s boarding schools 08.02.2016