I would like to help people, who do not have easy lives. I know what it feels like.

The Education Fund gave scholarships to ten students. One of them was Milan Richtr, who decided to study despite his severe handicap.

When Milan was 8 months old, he suffered a stroke and half of his body has been paralysed since. He is 18 now and studies at a business school. He would like to work in the social sphere and help people in similarly difficult situations. 

As a child he wasn’t aware of his handicap. However, the primary school that he attended with healthy kids was a tough time for him. Instead of help and understanding he had to face bullying from classmates. Milan doesn't like to talk about this part of his life. “I had great problems in the primary school because of my handicap. My classmates kept avoiding me, they didn't want to be my friends,” says Milan sadly. 

A relief came 9 months ago when he started at secondary school. He chose a school in Liberec that specialises in providing social and pedagogic care. He likes tests focused on logical thinking and mathematics, as his hobbies are solving puzzles and sudoku. No surprise that he likes a school with economics and accounting. He will have to pass finals next year. Then he would like to continue his studies and graduate. 

He is happy at the special school. At the beginning he found it hard to be away from home and his mother, but the friendly environment helped him to get used to the new place. “I have many good friends here, who I can rely on, and also tutors, who I get along with. I can talk to them about any problems or matters regarding my studies,” says Milan.

He want to use his scholarship mainly to cover the transport expenses, dormitory and school supplies. He comes from a small town Rovensko pod Troskami and travels to Liberec every week. Little extra money will be very helpful for the humble family budget. Milan’s mother, who works as a cleaning lady, has been covering all the expenses until now. Milan's father died when he was only three years old. 

Despite his handicap, Milan has been fighting his unfortunate destiny and chose squash - one of the most difficult sports as his hobby. He also like to watch football and tennis. He is a fan of the football team Slovan Liberec and tennis player Petra Kvitová. Milan is also interested in history, he likes to read books especially about the WWII. 

He would like to work in a social area in the future, not knowing what to do precisely. He considers even studying psychology. He says that he can listen to people and understand them, which would be useful for any of the above mentioned careers. 

The Education fund is a mutual project of ČSOB and the Olga Havel Foundation.

„We wish that the right for dignified life is also enjoyed by those who live with handicap or mental illness, abandoned and old people, those who have a different skin colour or a different way of life, those in poverty or attacked by a malignant disease.“ Olga Havel
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