Over 28,000 people unite for Divac Foundation 'One in a million' Campaign
In August, we featured the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation’s “One in a Million” program on our Facebook page. We were thrilled to find out this week that as of February 10, over 28,000 people have contributed to the campaign. That’s 28,106 steps closer to giving every child in Serbia quality education!
The One in a Million campaign was started last year and collects online donations that go directly towards renovating and equipping schools all throughout Serbia. Funds will be used to purchase desks, chairs, closets, tables, cabinets, gym equipment, computers, and more for primary schools.
How does the Foundation decide which schools will receive the equipment and renovations? Last year, the Ana & Vlade Divac Foundation, along with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, sent applications to all primary schools in the Republic of Serbia. The Foundation received 241 complete applications and ranks schools into categories of first- and second-priority based on current state of the school, a letter of intent, past development in the school, letters of reference, past achievements, and involvement in community development.
Fourteen schools have been identified as first-priority schools. These schools will receive renovations and supplies from the One in a Million campaign as campaign funds allow--the more the campaign raises, the more these schools will be renovated and equipped!
But the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation also have a plan for those schools on the second-priority list! These schools are on the second-priority list because it has been determined that they are in need of less financial help to reach high quality for students. The Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development will actively work with companies, embassies, and local communities to raise the money needed to furnish and equip these schools.
The campaign has been officially endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development. The City of Belgrade and utility-provider Infostan also collaborated with the Foundation to spread the word about this campaign throughout Belgrade. In January, Infostan included information about the campaign with its monthly bill to Belgrade households.
This project is especially close to the Bridges to Serbia team’s heart, as we have seen first-hand the needs of primary schools, especially in rural Serbia. Education opens doors—we are especially grateful for the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation’s mission to improve academic opportunities for Serbian children!