Enhance Access to and Retention in Education for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Children – Phase II

Enhance Access to and Retention in Education for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Children – Phase II

 

Between May 2013 and December 2014, ECMI Kosovo in cooperation with UNICEF implemented the project “Enhancing Access to Education and Retention in Education for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged Children”. Since June 2015, ECMI Kosovo continues witha second phase of the education programme. The project aims to enhance the access to education and retention in education for vulnerable and disadvantaged children through strengthening the capacities of municipal officials and PRTAN teams to reduce the number of out-of-school children. The education programme addressed children from Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, children with disabilities, returned/repatriated children and children from families with disadvantaged socio-economic background.In this second phase the Out of School Children (OOSC) model will be expanded, promoting implementation of the best practices from phase I of the project for improved legislation and institutionalisation of sustainable solutions for the benefit of the most marginalized children. The previously involved municipalities included Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje and Obiliq/Obilić, Pejë/Peć, Istog/Istok, Ferizaj/Uroševac and Klinë/Klina.ECMI Kosovo in its second phase targets the three additional municipalities of Gjakovë/Đakovica, Rahovec/Orahovac and Dragash/Dragaš.

Through the past project duration, ECMI Kosovo supported the establishment and functioning of Municipal PRTAN teams in each of the targeted municipalities at school and municipal level.Mechanisms and tools for identifying, recording, referring, managing cases and monitoring of out-of-school children were developed. The mentioned procedures and tools for addressing the issue of out-of-school children are presented in manuals for School and Municipal PRTANs, approved by MEST.Moreover, Municipal Action Plans were developed and the targeted municipalities are supported with their implementation. In the second phase, the capacities of local authorities will be strengthened for evidence based planning, programming and monitoring on issues relevant to out of school children and drop out, Municipal Action Plans will be implemented and the mechanisms and tools for addressing out-of-school children will be applied in nine municipalities by school and municipal mechanisms (PRTANs). A pool of peer trainers will be created and will support scaling up of the tools in their respective municipalities and beyond with the support of MEST, which will ensure sustainability of the project.

Implementation Period

June 2015- May 2016

Location

Selected municipalities in Kosovo:

Six previously involved municipalities: Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje and Obiliq/Obilić, Pejë/Peć, Istog/Istok, Ferizaj/Uroševac and Klinë/Klina

Three newly incorporated municipalities: Gjakovë/Đakovica, Rahovec/Orahovac and Podujevë/ Podujevo

Background

Kosovo’s education sector has undergone a period of extensive reforms with the aim of increasing participation and the quality of education. The Government of Kosovo is committed to developing and implementing inclusive policies, pursuing the establishing of an inclusive education system with equal opportunities and quality education for all children in the Republic of Kosovo.

However, despite the strong legal basis, children from vulnerable and marginalized groups – especially Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children, children with disabilities and repatriated children – continue to face significant challenges in their education, with the issue of drop-outs and out-of-school children being particularly alarming. Presently, both the relevant municipal government institutions and the drop-out prevention and response teams lack adequate capacities and knowledge to fully implement the legislative and policy framework aimed to reduce the number of out-of-school children and drop-outs. There is hence a need to support municipal officials and the drop-out prevention and response teams to address the issue of out-of-school children in a systematic and coordinated manner.

Aim and Objectives

The project seeks to reduce number of out of school children and drop out for vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the municipalities of Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje and Obiliq/Obilić, Pejë/Peć, Istog/Istok, Ferizaj/Uroševac, Klinë/Klina, Gjakovë/Đakovica, Rahovec/Orahovac and Dragash/Dragaš.

This will be achieved by strengthening the capacities of municipal officials and Prevention and Response Teams on Prevention of Abandonment and Non-registration (PRTAN) to prevent and response to the issue of out of school and drop out children by expanding the Out of School Children (OOSC) modelpromoting implementation of the best practices from phase I of the project for improved legislation and institutionalisation of sustainable solutions for the benefit of the most marginalized children.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

1) To strengthen the capacities of municipal officials and municipal PRTAN teams for programming/planning;

2) To strengthen the capacities of municipal officials and PRTAN teams to identify out-of-school children and implement targeted drop-out prevention and responseinterventions;

3) To strengthen the capacities of municipal officials and PRTAN teams to monitor out-of-school children and monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions undertaken to reduce the number of out-of-school children;

4) To advocate for improvement of the legislative framework and for the implementation and institutionalisation of the best practices previously identified, in order to reduce the numbers of out-of-school children and

5) To document the best practices, progress achieved and lessons learnt and share them with stakeholders

Expected Results and Activities

ECMI Kosovo will carry out the following activities:

1.1 Strengthening of the capacities of municipal officials for implementation of action plans;

1.2 Support monitoring and review of the municipal action plans and their extension for 2016;

1.3 Support strengthening of systems for monitoring and integration of out-of-school children;

2.1 Support the development of the three new municipal action plans to increase access to and retention in education in the municipalities of Gjakovë/Ðakovica, Rahovec/Orahovac and Dragash/Dragaš;

3.1 Support the establishment of municipality-based networks of trainers on recording of out-of-school children, case management and integration interventions;

3.2 Support PRTANs to implement targeted interventions through case management system and expert mentoring psychologist;

3.3 Build capacities of PRTAN teams in Gjakovë/Ðakovica, Rahovec/Orahovac and Dragash/Dragaš to identify and record out-of-school children and to manage cases and implement integration interventions;

4.1 Advocacy for replication of the best practices and recommendations previously identified, improve legislation and promote institutionalisation of sustainable solutions;

4.2 Record best practices, progress achieved and lessons learnt to be incorporated into the documentation from the first phase of the project.

The project activities will have the following results:

1. The existing Action Plans implemented, monitored and reviewed to increase access to education and retention in education of the most marginalized children

2. New Action plans developed and OOSC model expanded in three additional municipalities (Gjakovë/Đakovica, Rahovec/Orahovac and Dragash/Dragaš) to increase access to and retention in education of the most marginalized children and awareness and knowledge improved on situation of out-of-school children and their profiles in the three municipalities.

3. Identification, recording and case management of out of school children and drop out will be improved in nine municipalities and selected schools and capacities of PRTANs will be developed to prevent and response to out of school children and drop out issues

Capacities of PRTANs developed to identify, record and manage cases of out of school children and drop out in nine municipalities and selected schools

4. Documentation of good practices related to out of school children and drop out influenced policy change

Target Groups and Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries of the project will be primarily municipal officials and members of municipal and school teams for prevention of and response to drop-outs working in educational service delivery in the nine target municipalities. The final beneficiaries of the project will be out-of-school children from vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, especially children from Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, children with disabilities or special educational needs and repatriated and returnee children, as well as Albanian children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Funding

This project is funded by and implemented in partnership with UNICEF.

 

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Contact Person

Name: Elizabeta Haziri

Position: Technical Expert

E-mail: haziri@ecmikosovo.org

Tel: +377 (0) 45 461 526

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