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06.09.2010. New sports boarding school opens in Beslan, constructed with support of UNDP and governments of Greece and Norway

Beslan, 6 September 2010 – Today, an opening ceremony of the sports boarding school named after Ivan Kanidi took place in Beslan, Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. The school has been constructed in the framework of the joint project of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of the Republic with support of the governments of the Kingdom of Norway and the Hellenic Republic. The project was funded jointly by all partners.

UNDP, the governments of the Kingdom of Norway and the Hellenic Republic combined their efforts in the school construction in 2007 to support people and the Government of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania and help them overcome the consequences of the tragedy in Beslan of 1-3 of September. At that time, a terrorist attack at school №1 led to a great number of victims among children and adults. The project is aimed at the improvement of opportunities for education and physical development of the Beslan youth.

Mr. Taimuraz Mamsurov, Head of the Republic of North Ossetia – Alania; Mr. Espen Barth Eide, State Secretary of the Kingdom of Norway; Mr. Michael Spinellis, Ambassador of the Republic of Greece in Russian Federation; Mr. Knut Hauge, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in RF; and Mr. Frode Mauring, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative took part in the opening ceremony. A concert by children art groups ended the event.

The sports boarding school is named after Ivan Kanidi, a sports instructor, who died heroically during the terrorist attack on Beslan in September in 2004. The school compound can accommodate 200 children, and includes an educational, boarding, administrative, and sports blocks. A football field is under construction. Children from low-income families will study at the school. It will be managed by Konstantin Kanidi, son of Ivan Kanidi.

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