On December 18, in the framework of the official visit of the President of Ukraine to Portugal, First Lady Maryna Poroshenko met with children from the Ukrainian community and wrote down new pages in the national project "Book of Peace" together with them.
Presenting an album in which Ukrainian children leave their family photos and write their wishes for peaceful life, Maryna Poroshenko noted that "over three years our native state has been forced to defend the integrity of its borders. And Ukrainian brave warriors are doing everything to bring peace to their native land - for the sake of the future of the rising generation of Ukraine".
"Ukrainians will win, just as they won in the past many times, because truth and justice is with us," the wife of the President said.
Also during the visit to Portugal, Maryna Poroshenko visited the Helen Keller educational center that became the first Portuguese inclusive school for pupils with visual impairment. It was founded in 1955 by ophthalmologist Henrique Moutinho, child psychiatrist João dos Santos and tutor Maria Amália Borges.
According to Director of the Center Ana Lúcia Pelarigo, 500 pupils study in the school and teachers have an individual approach to each pupil for the cognitive, social and emotional development of a child.
To get acquainted with the Portuguese experience in introducing an inclusive educational environment, Maryna Poroshenko met with Director General of the Schools in Portugal, Maria Manuela Pastor Faria, as well as Coordinator of the Office of Inclusive Education and Successful Training of the General Directorate of Schools Ana Paula Monteiro.
The President's wife presented the results of the educational project of the Poroshenko Charity Foundation "Inclusive Education - Level of Consciousness of the Nation" that is currently being implemented in nine regions of Ukraine.
Also, Maryna Poroshenko shared the experience of creating a school of equal opportunities in Ukraine. In particular, the First Lady spoke about the adoption of the law on inclusive education and the Law "On Education" that gave a boost to the development of inclusive education in every Ukrainian school. And also - about the creation of Inclusive-Resource Centers that will provide children with special educational needs a permanent skilled support during the whole study - from 2 to 18 years.
The Ukrainian and Portuguese sides agreed on cooperation in the field of education development in Ukraine.