The Ministry of Preschool Education opens the first modular groups
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) – On 4 December 2019, the first modular building built in the territory of a preschool educational organization of Almazar district took place in Tashkent. The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Preschool Education Agrippina Shin and Chargé d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Uzbekistan, Mr. Zhang Wenchuan.
The presentation of samples of modular kindergartens took place in October 2019, and two months later the project was implemented. The first block is installed in kindergarten No. 441 of Almazar district. It consists of four connected sea containers with spacious spaces equipped with children’s furniture, educational games, toys and educational materials.
When developing a project of modular preschool organizations, the best practices of Russia, Sweden and Korea were studied. The modules are made of environmentally friendly, safe for health materials and are equipped with additional thermal insulation, which allows you to keep warm and cool in any climatic conditions. Also, experts carefully worked out safety issues, quick evacuation and creating a comfortable space for children. The buildings are equipped with electricity, water supply, air conditioning, heating and fire systems. For full-day groups, lightweight, collapsible beds are provided.
“The introduction of modular preschool organizations is caused by an acute shortage of places. We all understand that new kindergartens are being built for a long time, and their number is limited by the budgets allocated for construction. Modular buildings are manufactured and installed in two months, and their cost is 70% less. This means that with the current budget, the Ministry can cover up to 70% more children with preschool education. In the Kichkirik mahalla, where the first groups of this type are opening today, 914 children are in the queue for admission to kindergarten. Thanks to the modular construction, 120 children will have access to preschool education,” the Minister of Preschool Education Agrippina Shin said.
Two full-time groups and one short-stay group working in two shifts will function in the modular building. Each group is assigned a tutor and an assistant teacher.
Modular kindergartens have a number of other advantages:
able to expand due to the connection of additional containers;
due to their compactness they fit into any infrastructure;
if necessary, they can be dismantled and installed in another location;
due to the use of modern materials in the construction, they do not require expensive capital repairs.
Currently, work is underway on the manufacture and installation of modules in Surkhandarya region (Sangardak village), Tashkent region (Bostanlyk district) and certain areas of the capital (Almazar, Shaikhantakhur, Mirzo-Ulugbek districts).