In December of last year a first-year student of the faculty of physical education of the Donbass State Pedagogical University Dmytro Vasilishyn* addressed Slovyansk office of the Legal Development Network.
In 2012 the guy, according to the decision of the Executive Committee of the Slovyansk city Council, was granted the status of a child deprived of parental care, however he was studying at the University on a contract basis.
Dmytro was not sure whether the status of an orphaned child entitled him to free education, so he sought advice.
After analyzing the situation, the lawyer Olena Soloshenko explained the student that according to the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of April 5, 1994 №226 "On improving upbringing, education, social protection and material providing of orphans and children deprived of parental care", children deprived of parental care are enrolled on a full state maintenance in schools and are entitled to social scholarships.
Moreover, the Executive Committee of the Slavic city Council in 2012, even made the decision "On full state maintenance of Dmytro Vasilishyn" that allows Dmytro to study at the expense of the local budget.
Having decided to restore justice, Olena Soloshenko wrote on behalf of the NGO "Agency for democratic development of Donbass" a letter to the University administration with a request to explain the reasons why young man, despite his status was credited to the contract form of education.
Soon the University informed that by results of consideration of the appeal Mr. Vasilishin got the right to free education.
*Names are changed for ethical reasons.
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