On June 18, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba had a meeting with Laila Omar Gad in connection with her last visit to the Republic of Abkhazia as Head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Laila Omar Gad informed the Head of State about the main projects that the UNICEF is undertaking in the field of child protection, and also in the field of education and healthcare. She remarked that a service has been created for the social support of children and families in the city of Sukhum, Gudauta and Gal District. Laila Omar Gad said that during the work of this service, 15 professional social workers started to work in the three districts, and 250 families received support. The social service constantly informs the specialised agencies, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security which offer assistance to those who need it.
Laila Omar Gad also said that more than a thousand teachers underwent UNICEF training on the modern methodology of person-oriented teaching. She also spoke about the joint projects with the Ministry of Education for the support and development of the Abkhazian language. As part of these projects, a teach-yourself book of Abkhazian language for primary school children has been published, as well as a collection of children’s stories by non-professional writers, winners of the “Alasharbaga” competition. Also, a collection of children’s stories by Andrey Chochua has been released again.
The President highly praised these projects. He remarked that such books and textbooks are important to the development of the Abkhazian language.
The Head of State said that it is important for the professionals of the Republic of Abkhazia to learn from the international experience of their colleagues from the UNICEF. The President stressed that the main goal is to make sure that in the future, the state is capable of resolving many issues independently.
Laila Omar Gad expressed hope to see further productive cooperation between the Republic of Abkhazia and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).