Nole visits kindergarten Pcelica in Smederevo as UNICEF Ambassador

Nole has visited kindergarten “Pcelica” (“Little Bee”) in Smederevo, Serbia, as a UNICEF Ambassador on Monday and spent some time with children between three and five years of age.

The world no.1 shared his impressions with fans on his Facebook page and Twitter.

“I was on the field visit to pre-school “Pcelica” in Smederevo as ambasador for UNICEF for early childhood education. I had a lot of fun with kids, they were so eager to play and ask questions and show their little talents. I hope to see more of these kind of institutions which integrate children from all areas, and children with disabilities and Roma children. Every child deserves oportunity to grow in clean, healthy environment where they can play and learn and reach their potential.”

Video: Unicef

Expanding early education to include all children has been recognised as a key priority in Serbia. Less than half of all children under the age of five attend early education programs, dropping to one in 10 for those from vulnerable groups.

“What I learned as a young child continues to have a tremendous impact on my life today. I had a unique privilege to have a good start in life and a chance to develop my talents. But the starting line is not the same for all children. Those born into poverty or on the margins of society require our extra support to realize their dreams. Preschool programs are essential to give every young child the maximum possibilities to success in his further education. They provide them with a winner’s starting position,” said Novak.

During his visit Nole brought school materials as gifts for the school-children, posed for photographs with them and talked to the kindergarten’s employees, praising their efforts to reach children from the most vulnerable groups.

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