Lithuania’s Foreign Minister meets with participants of the Lithuanian-Swedish support project – schoolchildren from the Donetsk region
On 10 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius along with the Ambassador of Sweden to Lithuania Maria Christina Lundqvist and the Ambassador of Ukraine to Lithuania Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi met with a group of schoolchildren from the Donetsk region, Ukraine, who participate in the development cooperation project that is co-funded by Lithuania and Sweden.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister and the Ambassadors spoke with the schoolchildren and took interest in their learning environment in Ukraine.
Linkevičius said that Lithuania put a lot of effort into the provision of versatile assistance to Ukraine and was calling on partners to contribute to the provision of assistance to Ukraine.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister voiced the hope that the schoolchildren would be able to live and learn in a peaceful and friendly environment in the near future.
“I wish you to be able to create a peaceful life immediately upon your return home,” said Linkevičius.
A group of twenty schoolchildren aged 12-17 from the Donetsk region is already the third group of teenagers from the war-affected regions of eastern Ukraine, which participates in the development cooperation project. The project is co-funded by Lithuania and Sweden, and aims to provide support to victims in the conflict-affected regions of eastern Ukraine in the field of education. Like other participants of the project, the schoolchildren will participate in various workshops designed to increase the social and emotional competence. They will also spend some time with their peers from gymnasiums in Vilnius, visit the Seimas (Parliament) and the Embassy of Ukraine in Lithuania. The Ukrainian schoolchildren will spend one day in the families of the Vilniusites that raise children of the same age.
The visit of the schoolchildren to Vilnius is financed under the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and from the fund of the Swedish Institute. The project is being implemented by the Lithuanian Children and Youth Centre in cooperation with the competent institutions, which are responsible for the education system in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
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