More kindergartens open
Last year, demographers registered a record birth rate for the first time in two decades: 118,500 babies were born in Belarus
However, any demographic rise is an additional challenge for the social infrastructure, primarily for the new residential districts of Minsk and those regional centres that lack places in kindergartens. Officials are working to solve the issue to the benefit of young families and, every year, at least ten new kindergartens are being built across the country. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, Natalia Kochanova, there will be eighty more establishments built by 2020.
There is no evident lack of places in kindergartens at the present; the problem is the location within walking distance of the schools. The young families of the Minsk Student Village however have no such difficulties. The local Cat’s House kindergarten has opened on the ground floor of the hostel. The capacity of it has also been increased to cope with demand; although there are vacant places to be found in the city suburbs and, close to newly built residential houses. The best way to solve the problem of course is to build new kindergartens. At the moment, around 4,000 are registered in the country. In 2012, 20 were built (for 3,200 children) and, in 2013, 11 were launched (for 2,300). Last year, another 14 kindergartens were put into operation for 2,600 children.
By Nadezhda Pavlova