Projects

Promoting and Protecting Children’s Rights

Project Description

Through the EU-funded, KEC and ZFD in cooperation with 10 NGOs are implementing the project “Promoting and Protecting Children’s Rights” which aims to empower local communities improve child protection measures in schools through awareness raising, mediation and peaceful conflict resolution. By doing so, the project aims to contribute to creating child-friendly and violence-free environments in Kosovo schools through targeted actions of civil society organizations and local communities for promoting children’s rights. Overall objective: To create child-friendly and violence-free environments in Kosovo schools through targeted actions of civil society organizations and local communities for promoting children’s rights. Specific objectives: To empower local communities improve child protection measure in schools through awareness raising, mediation and peaceful conflict resolution Activities:
  • Set up an online platform to raise awareness of children’s rights and child protection measures.
  • Develop information materials for children, parents, teachers and wider public.
  • Organize contest for the best media article on children’s rights.
  • Organize regional conference on children’s rights.
  • Select 10 local NGOs to work with 40 rural schools.
  • Conduct children’s rights and peer mediation trainings for NGOs, children, parents and teachers.
  • Organize study trips for NGOs and school representatives to Peer Mediation Clubs in Macedonia and Albania.
  • Assist local NGOs to support schools implement child protection policies.
  • Collect examples of good practice from targeted schools and publish them.
Target groups:
  1. 15,000 children from 40 elementary schools
  2. Their parents
  3. Around 1,000 teachers from 40 elementary schools
  4. 10 grassroots NGOs
  5. General public
Implemented by: Kosova Education Center (KEC) & Forum ZFD

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Implementation Period

03/04/2017
ongoing

Budget

€ 272,450.00

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Ardita Kabashi

Kosovo Integration Initiative- KOSINT 2020

Project Description

“Kosovo Integration Initiative - KOSINT 2020” aims to improve the access of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in education, employment and social welfare, contributing to the fulfilment of commitments made by the Kosovo Government, by encouraging the participation of civil society organizations in monitoring sectorial reforms, policy development and budget planning. KOSINT 2020 is funded by the Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) in the framework of Open Society Foundations (OSF), and is implemented under the leadership of Kosova Education Center (KEC) with the cooperation of Balkan Sunflowers Kosova (BSFK), Roma & Ashkalia Documentation Center (RAD Center) and Syri i Vizionit. The period of implementation is 36 months. The project has three main components:
  1. Building capacities of civil society organizations for participation in monitoring sectorial reforms, policy development and budget planning;
 
  1. Monitoring sectorial reforms in Education, Employment and Social Welfare, in the framework of Kosovo Government commitments for the inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities;
 
  1. Policy development and advocacy through the involvement of civil society organizations in reform policies in the domains of Education, Employment and Social Welfare, in the best interest of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities.
One of the crucial tasks of KOSINT 2020 is the establishment of a network of civil society organizations which contribute specifically to the inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in the domains of education, employment and social welfare in Kosovo. This Network will strengthen the impact of each organization and widen the scope and outreach of activities towards monitoring and advocacy on issues that concern communities. Network members will play an important role in decision-making processes in terms of ongoing harmonization of KOSINT 2020 activities with the evolving needs of the aforementioned communities. Kosovo Education and Employment Network (KEEN), a coalition of civil society organizations with years of experience, will offer constant support to KOSINT 2020 through training and expertise in monitoring capacities and policy development.

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Implementation Period

01/01/2017
ongoing

Budget

$470,257

Partners and Donors

Roma Initiatives Office (RIO)

Personnel

Bora Shpuza-Kasapolli

Kosovo RAE Early Years Network- K-RAE-EYN (Phase 2)

Project Description

The project aims to expand and strengthen the network Kosovo RAE Early Years Network (K-RAE-EYN), a network of professionals and pre professionals for Development in Early Childhood of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo . This network was established based on the concept of "Romani Early Years Network (REYN)", initiated by the International Step by Step Association - ISSA. So far KRAEYN network has member individuals and organizations who advocate for children's welfare of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities and their involvement in quality and inclusive education. On November, 2016 the second phase of the project started. The main aim of this phase is the KRAEEYN network expansion with new members not only in the field of education, but also in the welfare and health areas. The project will provide support for KAEEYN's members and will help them to organize a number of activities to raise awareness, and offer better opportunities regarding welfare and education for Roma, Ashkli, Egyptian communities and others.

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Implementation Period

01/11/2016
ongoing

Budget

$ 40.000

Partners and Donors

Open Society Institute (OSI)

Personnel

Hana Zylfiu-Haziri

Together for Equity in Early Childhood

Project Description

This project is the second phase of the project “Together – Support to Integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children in preschool education.” The Project aims to improve the ECD outcomes and school readiness of disadvantaged Roma children aged 4-6 in 4 locations by improving the parenting skills of the parents, strengthening the link between parents and pre-primary institutions, expanding the access to integrated ECD services and raising the quality of teaching and learning. Additionally, with the selected relevant partners the project aims to support the improvement of the Early Childhood Development situation of Roma children throughout Kosovo by advocating nationally for the welfare and rights to the quality education. Project components and activities: Component 1: Improving participation in mainstream ECD services Its aim is to eliminate the existing barriers to pre-primary access and participation of Roma children aged 4-6 in the above localities by expanding access to preschool education, the provision of need-based material support, the provision of furniture and pedagogic materials to renovated preschool classrooms and intense communication and work with the RAE parents through pre-primary mediators and information campaigns. Component 2: Improving the parenting skills of Roma parents Its aim is to achieve visible improvements in the parenting skills and practices of parents (and mothers, in particular) of Roma children aged 4-6 in selected localities through informal literacy training and lessons in storytelling (Your Story); Parents school for building the awareness and skills to implement good parenting practices (Community events with parents on early childhood nutrition, health and education); and enhancing the interaction of parents with ECD and pre-primary institutions (Home-Pre-primary-Community liaison). Component 3: Improving the quality of ECD services Its aim is to improve the quality of teaching and learning of Roma children in pre-primary by strengthening the capacity of educators to provide child-centered education through tailored training on child-centered and inclusive education and regular on-site mentoring services. Component 4: Advocating for rights of quality education for Roma children This aim of this component is to create advocacy initiatives for raising awareness on the benefits of inclusion of Roma children in early childhood programs. Advocacy initiatives in cooperation with KRAEEYN - Kosovo Roma Ashkali and Egyptian Early Years Network will target the society as a whole, primarily decision makers at local and national level to create a more favourable educational framework in Kosovo.

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Implementation Period

01/09/2016
ongoing

Budget

€ 171,728

Partners and Donors

Roma Education Fund (REF)

Personnel

Driton Berisha

EU-SIMRAES II

Project Description

The overall objective of the EU-SIMRAES II is to support the Government of Kosovo in the development of democratic and multiethnic society by implementing the strategy of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities and its action plan. The specific objective is to ensure fair access of Roma children, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in pre-primary education, primary and secondary education by improving enrollment, attendance and attainment of children by providing community and financial support. Activities of the first component implemented by KEC:
  • Support the operation of 10 teaching centers.
  • Raise awareness of parents of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities to enroll children in school on time.
  • Provide logistical support for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities to attend primary education.
  • Hire individual mentoring and homework assistance for children.
  • Organize trainings against prejudice for teachers and parents, and provide mentoring /counseling to ensure implementation of competencies acquired.
  • Organize local events to help better integration of children of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian at school level.
Expected results:
  • Inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children from 10 targeted municipalities in pre-primary, primary and secondary education and improvement of the results of their learning.
  • Improved access and continuity of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian students in upper secondary education and improve their capacity to benefit from higher education.
  • Organizations working in the field of education of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities improve their capacity to deliver quality services to their community members.

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Implementation Period

01/04/2016
ongoing

Budget

€1,300,000

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Drilon Krasniqi

Building Social Inclusion Through Education

Project Description

The overall objective of this project is to advance social inclusion in the field of education, through improved institutional responsiveness and better servicing of marginalized Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) communities; The specific objectives: 1) Strengthened capacities of CSOs dealing with RAE to engage in the dialog with educational institutions and better respond to the priorities of their constituents in the field of education; 2) Enhanced peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and partnering amongst experienced and grassroots CSOs in the bordering regions, to support inclusion efforts in the field of education.

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Implementation Period

15/12/2015
ongoing

Budget

€94.297

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

Kosovo Academy for Education for Democtratic Cizizenship and Human Rights Education

Project Description

Kosovo Academy of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC /HRE) is a training organized jointly by Kosova Education Center (KEC) , Municipal Directorate of Education (MDE) in Pristina, the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Wergeland Centre (EWC). Academy aimed to strengthen the democratic culture in the schools of the municipality of Prishtina by traiing education professionals and community stakeholders, as well as by further developing their capacity to implement and promote EDC/HRE in their schools and communities. The main activities and achievements of the Project were:
  • Drafting of the academy concept and format
  •  The call for applications and selection process
  • Preparatory meeting for the academy
  • The five-day training
Academy outcomes were to:
  1. Facilitate sharing of experiences and good practices in EDC/HRE
  2. Support participants in the development and implementation of the school project
  3. Encourage cooperation and partnership between the different actors involved in education and between the participating schools
  4. Supports the creation of a network of professionals that promote EDC/HRE
  5. Facilitate the implementation of the Charter of the Council of Europe EDC/HRE and the use of materials of the Council of Europe at the local level.

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Implementation Period

01/12/2015
ongoing

Budget

€12,300

Partners and Donors

Council of Europe

Personnel