Aide to Tatarstan President on Social Affairs Tatiana Larionova tells about Help Get Ready for School campaign

29 July 2014, Tuesday

On July 29, at a briefing at Tatarstan Cabinet of Ministers, it was reported that this year more than 80 children from of Ukrainian refugee families will be provided with school kits within the framework of the regional charity campaign "Help Get Ready for School." By and large, more than 6,000 children are in need of such support in the republic in the coming school year.

The campaign, organized by the Regional Charity Council, Tatarstan Ministry of Education and Science, and the regional branch of the United Russia political party, has been held for the eighth year in a row in Tatarstan.

Certain categories of children will receive a schoolbag filled with stationery, notebooks, kits for handicraft and fine art lessons and school uniform. Moreover, books, albums about the historical and cultural heritage of the republic, children's literature taking into account the regional component, “Cultural Diary of a First-Grader” are handed in within the framework of the Year of Culture in the republic.

Aide to Tatarstan President on Social Affairs Tatiana Larionova, who took part in the briefing, said that the average cost of a schoolbag is about 1,700 roubles, stationary - about 1,500-2,000 roubles. For the whole duration of the campaign, help has been provided to 123,096 first-graders from low-income families for the amount of 108.5 million roubles. In particular, 22,930 people received schoolbags amounting to more than 29 million roubles last year, she reported.

It is expected that a total of 39,044 children will go to school for the first time in the coming school year. Six thousand first-graders need help. In particular, they are children from low-income, foster and tutorial, large, disadvantaged families, whose parents are either unemployed or disabled as well as children with disabilities. As before, it is planned to provide charitable assistance to 2nd-11th year students from low-income and large families, as well as to children living with disabled parents and to disabled children. According to preliminary reports, their number makes 6,687 people.

Tatiana Larionova also told reporters that children of refugee families from Ukraine also need support within the framework of the campaign. As of today, there are 181 children from the Ukraine in the republic, including 86 schoolchildren. They as well as children, who will come later, will be given support.

The campaign was officially launched with participation of Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov in Zainsk on July 7.
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