Village school in Dnipropetrovsk region: when hromada is involved and business is responsible

The Solone community in Dnipropetrovsk region was established in 2016. Due to the budget increase, the village school has already been reconstructed: the roof, windows and communications have been replaced, interactive whiteboards and new furniture have been purchased. There are ramps and lifts, a physical therapy room, sports grounds and halls with locker rooms and showers.

Have you already seen schools, kindergartens, hospitals intensively build and rehabilitated on the expense of the state and local budgets in Dnipropetrovsk oblast?

If not yet, then I advise you to visit the web-page of Yurii Holyk – adviser to the Dnipropetrovsk OSA (oblast state administration) Head.

This was where I read about new human-oriented projects, new buildings, and new approaches. That is when the comfort and well-being are more important than the square meters or the prescheduled ceremonial launch. Look at project-related pictures Yurii posts regular observations about, and you will understand what I am talking about.

And now I am going to tell you about a resident of the village Solone in Dnipropetrovsk oblast. His name is Vadym Melnychenko, he is on the photo below. The rehabilitated school building is in the picture background.

Vadym was born and lived all his life in Solone village in Dnipropetrovsk oblast. He is a professional engineer. He is self-employed. When the amalgamated territorial hromada has been created in the village, Vadym and his like-minded fellows have optimistically joined positive transformations. For example, namely Vadym participated in the rehabilitation of the local school. And he made this according to prices much lower compared to the market prices, and much faster compared to other private or governmental organizations.

In fact, such approaches are practiced by the socially-conscious businessman. However Vadym is against being called a businessman. He claims to have done that for the hromada and the following generations who study now and will study at the school later. Vadym’s child is also attending the same school.

For your understanding: the school is equipped with online (interactive) technologies, special furniture, and the scientific and research classroom (where biology, physics, chemistry are taught) has all the necessary instruments and equipment, which the school could not have dreamed of just couple of years ago. Inclusiveness is also worth mentioning. Needs of pupils with disabilities have been accounted for here and 8 more children are able to attend the school now.

Requirements to teachers have also changed. New teachers are hired by the school on a competitive basis, and other teachers have to be systematically trained and get adapted to working with innovative methodics.

Next to the school, there are new football playing fields and other playgrounds.

Since the hromada decided on amalgamation back in 2016, budgets are growing permanently and considerably. The total budget of Solone village’s hromada for 2018 was 101 million hryvnas. This allows maintaining, rehabilitating and initiating infrastructure projects.

Moreover, in remote villages, where civilization arrived at a slow pace, problems related to water removal systems, road construction, landscaping and territory lightning are solved nowadays.

Roads are also rehabilitated in Solone itself. The local club has been reconstructed. And it would be very good if the comfort and well-being of people would not depend on the geographic location or the status of the settlement.

We hope, some day it will be like that.

Decentralization is indeed one of the most successful reforms implemented in Ukraine. EC supports this reform since 2016 via the program “U-LEAD with Europe” with the total financing volume of EUR 102 Mio. over 4 years (2016-2020). Reform allows local hromadas to develop and create better conditions around.


By Zoya Karanzhy, journalist, writer, communication advisor in the E’COMM agency