ArmInfo.The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia proposes to close four boarding schools providing round-the-clock childcare, giving priority to day centers and the establishment of community service centers in more than 30 settlements. This is stated in a statement released by the ministry on Friday.
In particular, we are talking about the closure of institutions: <Dilijan Boarding>, <Byureghavan Boarding>, <Gyumri Boarding School N 2 named after Fridtjof Nansen>, <Gyumri Boarding School N1>.
<The basis of the policy of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia is the idea that the poor socio-economic situation of families should not be the basis for transferring children from families to specialized institutions, and state support should not be aimed at protecting the institution, but at helping families, providing reunion of children with families and preventing the arrival of new children in boarding schools>, the social agency said in a statement.
It should be noted that work to realize the right of children to live in a family began several years ago, as part of it, three of the seven boarding schools have already been converted to day care centers.
The current policy of the Ministry is to provide the necessary services in day care centers through the delegation of public organizations, which will be selected on a competitive basis.
<The Ministry plans to significantly expand the coverage of day services from 2020, providing for the establishment of day centers through delegated services in 30 large settlements, "the statement said. As for the employees of boarding schools subject to liquidation, they were invited to participate in state employment programs, and those employees who have professional training were invited to participate in the processes for preparing foster parents to adopt a child into the family.
<All these proposals were officially submitted to institutions, urging them to refrain from holding a new reception in September, since the projects are at the last stage of completion>, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs explained.