On 1 September, Chairman of the DNR Government A V Zakharchenko visited Donetsk Comprehensive School №4, where he studied himself. He greeted the first-graders and other students on the Day of Knowledge:
I want to greet you, my dear first-graders. You’ve now started a new life. Today is the first day that you sit behind your desks and meet new friends. Today, you became older. I wish that you never meet in your path sorrow nor adversity, may you always smile and be happy. Educators and teachers! Your profession deserves much honour and respect. Thanks to your work, we become decent people.
Also in attendance at the event was head of Kalinin Raion administration Vladimir Mesha and DNR Minister of Education and Science of the DNI Larisa Polyakova. Polyakova said, “Contrary to all those who tried to prevent it, today we begin a new school year in the DNR. I congratulate you on this. Let this new life be full of peaks for you to conquer, let it be full of accomplishments and achievements. Fill the pages of your new life only with new knowledge”.
Following tradition, they rang the First Bell. For the invited guests, the students put on a concert programme… they sang songs and recited poems. A special feature was a “flash-mob”, where students of all grades held doves as symbols of peace, showing that the people of Donetsk don’t want war. Today, the school has 204 students. The principal-headmistress, Emma Lavrush, talked about Chairman Zakharchenko’s school years, “Aleksandr Vladimirovich was a good student. He took part in competitions in geography and history, and he won prizes”.
1 September 2015
Official website DNR Council of Ministers and DNR Peoples Soviet