The aim of the program is to remove architectural barriers at primary and secondary schools.
On September 1, 2010, the Jiráskovy sady Primary School held an unveiling ceremony for its new stair climber, which makes it easier for physically handicapped students to get around the school. The Nadace ČEZ Foundation donated CZK 160,000 to help fund the purchase and installation of this barrierremoving measure.
A new elevator for handicapped students at the Ivančice Preschool, Elementary School, and Orphanage was commissioned on October 9, 2010. The Nadace ČEZ Foundation donated CZK 950,000 to help fund the new installation.
“Until now, children with physical handicaps had to take their lunches in the classroom and had difficulty moving between floors. Thanks to the new elevator, they will be able to freely access the cafeteria, the shop classrooms, and the courtyard where all the children meet during recess,” explained Miroslava Křupalová, statutory representative of Ivančice.
Kostelec nad Černými lesy
Through the “Orange Stairs” project, the Elementary School in Kostelec received a donation of CZK 837,000 from the Foundation. This donation made it possible to purchase and install two stairlifts. As of September 13, 2011 the school, which has nearly 600 students, has newly remodeled bathroom facilities and is entirely barrier-free.
“Getting handicapped children involved with the other students is beneficial not only for them, but for the non-handicapped children as well. They learn to be considerate and that helping is a matter of course,” said school principal Lenka Lasáková.
“During recess, René likes to join in the discussions and games with the other children, and his joy at being with the other children is indescribable. Unfortunately, we often sat for hours in an empty classroom because the stairs prevented us from getting to the classrooms where his schoolmates were. That made him sad,” said Anna Tóthová, René’s mother and assistant.
The Máj II Elementary School in České Budějovice applied to the “Orange Stairs” project for a grant, which it received, enabling it to commission a new elevator on November 4, 2011. The grant it received from the Nadace ČEZ Foundation amounted to CZK 889,000.
“Finally, we can integrate any and all physically disadvantaged children from the South Bohemian Region. At our school we also have 22 students with special educational needs, eleven of which are sight-impaired. Handicapped children have different needs, but they are just like their schoolmates in all other respects – they want to meet with their friends, help each other,” said school principal Marie Nedvědová.
“To attend a normal class was my dream,” said Dominika, who now – thanks to the elevator – can move without difficulty from floor to floor. Without the elevator, she would be limited to the ground floor only, where she would spend a number of hours alone with her assistant.