On 4 December, representatives of the DPR Human Rights Ombudsman Office conducted an inspection of the educational process and living conditions in the Donetsk Special General Education Boarding School No.29. Currently, 111 mentally retarded and physically challenged children (grades 1 to 9) attend the school.
The boarding school is a four-storey building. On the first floor, there are classrooms, workshops and a library. The exercise therapy hall and the gym have all necessary equipment and sports items. There is a piano, a music system and a screen for music lessons and watching video recordings. There is a medical unit in the boarding school, which includes paediatrician’s and nurse’s rooms, as well as separate rooms with beds for a short-term stay of pupils. There is a canteen with a capacity of 200 pupils. A nutritionist controls the quality of food commodities and ready meals as well as compliance with recipes and cooking techniques.
On the second floor, there are classrooms, a curriculum office, a speech therapist’s, a psychologist’s, rooms for improvement of psychomotor and sensory systems. There is an assembly hall for festive events.
On the third floor, there is a room for social adaptation with a recreation room, a living room and a kitchenette. The facility has a museum of military glory, which displays wartime exhibits and has a description of historical events. In a separate room, there is an exhibition of living conditions of ancient Slavs. There are household items, earthenware and wooden utensils.
Bedrooms for girls and for first-grade students have individual beds and sanitary facilities, playrooms, a dressing room and a kitchen.
Bedrooms for boys are on the fourth floor. Also, there are rooms of a social care psychologist and for psychological relief, a computer classroom with desktop and laptop computers, a room for health and safety lessons.
The school was designed for educating children with disabilities. Accordingly, the educational system has been adapted to their needs. Favourable conditions have been created to develop their physical, psychological and intellectual abilities. The number of students in each group meets the requirement and does not exceed 12 pupils. Correctional development and treatment-and-prophylactic work are carried out. A practical psychologist provides psychological support to all participants of the educational process, monitors and corrects the emotional state, provides counselling assistance to students, their parents and teachers.
Special attention is devoted to vocational education. Accordingly, the facility has workshops for sewing, joinery and shoemaking, as well as a room for local handicrafts. Thus, children can master sewing, joinery, shoemaking, plastering and flower arranging. After graduation from school, they can receive professional vocational education.
Education and living environment for children in the Donetsk Special General Education Boarding School No.29 received a positive assessment from the inspectors.
DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova expressed gratitude to the administration and staff of the facility for faithful implementation of their duties.