February 1, 2005

President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva visits the republican special boarding school at Shuvalan settlement for children with impaired hearing and acquired deafness

On February 1, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva, within the four-phase program on familiarization with the boarding schools and orphanages in Baku launched by the Foundation, attended republican special boarding school at Shuvalan settlement for children with impaired hearing and acquired deafness.

According to this program, information is collected on children`s homes and boarding schools and studied at Heydar Aliyev Foundation and in base of these, 5-year Program "Development of children`s homes and boarding schools" will be prepared. In base of program different actions will be realized covering education, health, humanitarian and other spheres. If there is need for resource center, it will be created. It will deal with examining equipment of children`s homes and boarding schools and implementation of mass actions. All this are personal initiative of President of Foundation Mrs. Aliyeva.

Children and teachers sincerely welcomed Mrs. Aliyeva at school, presented flowers to her. School director Akif Yusifzade informed that more than 180 pupils study in school acting since 1962, 66 teachers deal with their training. On the initiative of Gulaga Ganbarov, our philanthropist compatriot living in Moscow, a corpus of school was destroyed in 2003 and new 3-stored corpus was built in its place which is estimated 3,5 billion AzM and meets European standards and was fully equipped with appliance. Foundation of new corpus was laid in birthday of our nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev - on May 10, was completed on May 10 of this year. Green space was created around school and sport field built.

Education corpus that is in bad state will recently be destroyed and beautiful building will be built by Charity Foundation named after our compatriot living in Moscow. Sport complex, pool will be constructed in first floor of that. Gulaga Ganbarov who was raised in boarding school, considered to allot totally $1,5 million to school.

Appreciating works done, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva saw pictures showing previous and current state of school, draft of second stage of construction, Heydar Aliyev Museum created here titled "Azerbaijan will rise to the world like a sun", was acquainted with modern dining-room, dormitory, shower cabinets, heating system, gave her advices.

School director said that heating system established by Charity Foundation will be put into operation soon, new sleeping sets will be bought.

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador visited education corpus too, met here with parents, took interest in their cares and problems. They expressed gratitude to Mrs. Aliyeva for kind initiative, expressed their please of newly created circumstance, level of teachers.

Mrs. Aliyeva underlined hard situation in education corpus, was interested in education of pupils in separate classes on Azeri and Russian sectors, saw class process. Teachers applied to Mrs. Aliyeva that You gifted very big joy to children with Your visit. We always see that You care for children, feel kind attitude to them.

Thanking for sincere words and characterizing the works she does as her duty, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation met with pupils, wished them success in their education.