On 23 October, staff of the DPR Ombudsman Office conducted an inspection of the educational process and of the living conditions in the Donetsk Special General Education Boarding School No.17.
The school is attended by 214 children aged 4 to 17 with severe speech disorders and early childhood autism (with preserved intellectual capacity), including four children deprived of parental care, and two orphans. More than 50 children live full-time in the boarding school.
There are classrooms furnished with modern school furniture and educational equipment to organize the educational process in the institution. Some classrooms are equipped with viewing monitors, which allows demonstrating presentation slides and video clips. There is a language laboratory for learning foreign languages. Students use laptops to improve their computer skills. There is also a multimedia board.
In the boarding school, there are speech therapy and psychological relief rooms for correctional, developmental, treatment and prevention practice. The gym and the physical therapy room have all the necessary training equipment and sports items. There is a medical unit with dental, therapeutic and treatment rooms, as well as two inpatient wards.
In the institution, there are separate sleeping blocks, a dining room, a kitchen, and a cafe “Fairy Tale” for children of preschool age. Festive events are held in the assembly hall. The library of the educational institution helps broaden the pupils’ outlook.
As part of the visit, inspectors discussed some organization issues with the school authorities, including training, cultural and educational work, material support and health care service for students. Employees of the Ombudsman Office noted that some of the rooms need internal refurbishment, it was also recommended to fence the territory of the educational institution. Special demands of the school administration regarding the improvement of material and technical resources of the institution were taken into account. Education and living environment for children in Donetsk Special General Education Boarding School No.17 received a positive assessment by the inspectors.
DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova expressed gratitude to the administration and staff of the facility for faithful implementation of their duties.