The first inclusive kindergarten Winiklusia opens it doors in Novy Urengoy

Novy Urengoy
Winiklusia Kindergarten Wintershall Dea
Winiklusia Kindergarten Wintershall Dea
Wintershall Dea

On March 14, an inclusive kindergarten Winiklusia opened its doors in Novy Urengoy. It can accommodate up to 200 children, with 40 places reserved for those with special developmental needs. The opening ceremony was attended by the Governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District Dmitry Artyukhov, the Mayor of Novy Urengoy Ivan Kostogriz and the Managing Director of Wintershall Dea Russia Torsten Murin.

The kindergarten was built as a cooperation of the district government, the city administration and Wintershall Dea. The agreement between them was signed in 2015.

Winiklusia boasts a barrier-free environment. The colour of the walls and the furniture are specially selected to make it easier for visually impaired children to find their way in the building. The kindergarten has its own art studio, workshops, a swimming pool, and a winter garden. In a professional counselling centre services are provided by a team of speech therapists, special education teachers, special-needs experts, tutors and medical professionals. The kindergarten building houses a salt, infrared therapy, massage and physiotherapy, sensory and motor skill training rooms.

"This is a unique kindergarten for Yamal. It brings together children of different ages with different developmental abilities. Congratulations on the opening and I wish all the children to enjoy their bright and colourful childhood to the fullest here," said Dmitry Artyukhov.

The educational concept of Winiklusia was developed taking into account the best Russian and German practices and is based on the Montessori educational system. Since 2016, more than 40 teachers have received special training in Russian and German educational institutions. They will now apply their knowledge in practice.

"Winiklusia is a unique institution for Novy Urengoy and the whole region. We are proud to participate in such an important Russian-German project. By assuming social responsibility in the regions where we operate, our wish is not only to be a good business partner, but also to make a contribution to society and be a reliable and good neighbour," said Torsten Murin.

There are 168 kindergartens in Yamal, 33 of which have created a full barrier-free environment for children with special needs. These institutions however tend to specialize in one type of disability. Winiklusia, by contrast, has created conditions for educating children with various medical needs.

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