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Representatives of the DPR Human Rights Ombudsman Office conducted a follow-up inspection of the educational process and living conditions in the state educational institution “Donetsk special boarding school No.20” (previously, Donetsk special general education primary boarding school No.20). The school is attended by more than 141 children aged 6-18 hearing impaired and mentally retarded, as well as those with severe speech disorders.

The inspectors noted that the institution started implementing the project “Books and reading through leisure and communicating”. As part of that project, students read and retell texts to improve verbal skills. Speech therapists help children make children’s speech clearer through special methods.

Also, the inspectors held a working meeting with the administrative staff of the boarding school. They raised issues of implementation of recommendations by representatives of the Ombudsman’s Office given after the previous inspection. In order to assess the dynamics of improvement, staff of the Ombudsman Office are going to conduct one more visit to the institution.

In her activities, the DPR Ombudsman pays special attention to ensuring the state protection of rights and freedoms of minors as the most vulnerable category of citizens. To this end, inspection of living and education environment in children’s social facilities is carried out. Thanks to cooperation with international organisations, humanitarian assistance is provided to them and their families, as well as equipment for educational institutions.