Abinader leads the delivery of school supplies that will benefit more than 600,000 students

Also present at the activity was the Executive Director of INABIE Víctor Castro, who pointed out that for the first time efforts have been made to ensure that the supplies reach the students on time.

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“This government’s commitment is to provide ad hoc assistance mainly to families in vulnerable situations, for whom this social policy is intended, especially in the context of uncertainty that the world is experiencing. As part of the commitment we have made, we are making the corresponding arrangements for the increase of some 300,000 units of school supplies to be delivered for the 2023-2024 school year, this is a change,” Castro stressed. .

The opening ceremony was held at the Patria Mella Educational Center located in East Santo Domingo, which is one of the 5,023 centers identified as beneficiaries of this social policy.

The supplies are provided by the National Institute for Student Welfare (INABIE) to encourage students to attend school and ease the economic burden on families who will benefit from the kits.
What do the kits contain?
The kits, whose cost is estimated at RD$1,880.57 each, consist of a t-shirt, trousers, a pair of shoes and socks, as well as a backpack containing three notebooks, a charcoal, a box of pencils, a pencil sharpener, an eraser and some rulers.

These items are of national production, an element that also has an impact on the economic dynamics of the country, benefiting Dominican producers and encouraging job creation.

Delivery process
The delivery process begins with a first stage which will concern more than 300,000 students up to more than 600,000 schoolchildren, who will have educational clothing before the start of the 2022-2023 school year scheduled for September 19.

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The school kits will be transferred from the warehouses to the 18 school regions from where the delivery chain will continue to the school districts and then to the 5,023 nursery and elementary schools identified as beneficiaries.

Criteria for selecting beneficiary schools and percentage of delivery

According to the established policy, the beneficiary schools are selected according to the vulnerability map of the Unified Beneficiary System.

In this sense, the schooling of students in the centers with the highest vulnerability index, which total 221,056 students, will be covered by the delivery of 100% of the kits. These students belong to 6 regional centers: Bahoruco, Azua, Barahona, San Juan, Monte Plata and Monte Cristi.

Meanwhile, 40% of the current school population, or 379,004 students belonging to 12 regions, will receive kits in the rest of the centers, which total 3,598 schools.

The activity was also attended by Rafael Bello, Vice Minister of Quality, Evaluation and Control of Education of the Ministry of Education, Manuel Jiménez, Mayor of Santo Domingo East, Eduardo Hidalgo, President from the Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP), Sergio Antonio Rodríguez Blanco, district director, the regional director, Teodosia Otaño and the director of the Patria Mella school, Josué Pichardo.

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