Workshop, consultation and debate for Out of School Children

Tirana, 27 January 2016

Workshop, consultation and debate

Out of School Children- Phase II

Observatory for Children’s Rights, Ministry of Education and Sports in partnership with UNICEF Albania, have realized the Workshop, consultation and debate in the framework of the initiative “Every child in school”.

“Out of school children”, an initiative of MoES, in partnership with UNICEF is implemented by the Observatory for Children’s Rights. This initiative started in 2013 and was followed by the Observatory for Children’s Rights from 2014 onward, with the aim of identifying and registering in school all children of compulsory education age as well as preventing school leave by children who are at risk of dropping out. This initiative aims to establish adequate mechanisms that facilitate the attendance of school from every child of compulsory school age till 9 grade.

This Workshop has collected together representatives of Regional Education Directories, Education Officces, MoES specialists, as well as other experts tasked with collecting data for the registration and keeping the children in school enrollment, in Albania.

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Information about the floods occurring in Albania during January 2016

The situation in the flooded areas in Vlora, Fier, Berat and Korca and the need for intervention

Recommendations and debates on National Action Plan for Children 2012-2015

The beginning of school year 2015-2016

Free textbooks distribution and debate for basic needs of Roma and Egyptian children for the school year 2015-2016

Fier Observatory – November 14, 2011

COMMENTS ABOUT THE DRAFT: PLAN OF ACTION 2010 – 2015 ON THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR CHILDREN

The Observatory office of Children’s Rights – Fier has organized roundtable discussions with local actors to inform them about the Draft – “Plan of Action 2011 – 2015 on the National Strategy for Children” formulated by MOLSAEO ( Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities). Moreover the Observatory has taken into account the actor’s opinion regarding this draft. Some of the Local Institutions that participated in the discussion about the plan of Action were: Service Directory of Social Attendance of Fier Region, Regional Office of National Social Services, Terre des Hommes – Fier, Protection Unit of Children, Regional Directorate of Health, Office of Economic Assistance and Social Protection– Fratar  Commune, Office of Economic Assistance and Social Protection Center – Commune and Office of Economic Assistance and Social Protection of Lushnje Municipality. The Institutions expressed their opinion about some possible improvements in the Draft–Plan of Action:

  • Family doctors, in conformity with the law no. 9669 in force ‘’ For measures towards violence in family relations ‘’, have to systematically screen and trace the routine of each family, in order to indentify from the earliest stage the violence against children.
  • To promote Healthy Nutrition of Children.
  • To improve the access of children in the services of Primary Health Attendance, Secondary Health Attendance etc.  Many children in isolated rural areas of Fier do not have access to qualitative Health Services due to infrastructure difficulties.
  • To improve the law governing Media and Press in order to specify those kinds of programs that may bring negative consequence to children.
  • To create similar opportunities for Children with physical and mental disabilities.
  • To avoid problems in the process of Children Registration.
  • To increase the number of summer schools in rural areas of the Fier Region and to integrate Roma and Egyptian children in these schools.
  • To research in detail the cases when children in the rural areas abandon school to work in agriculture and farming activities and to provide alleviating measures for these cases.
  • Curricula’s must have detailed Information about Children, Violence, HIV – AIDS, School Abandoning, Smoking Habits etc.

Fier Observatory – 22 August 2013

Fier on August 22nd, 2013

Information regarding the meeting organised in Fier in the framework of the project “Empowering Social Welfare Services on a regional level, as a response to the implementation of non social exclusion policies for children – RIDE”

 

The Observatory for Children’s Rights in Fier in collaboration with Social Care Services Office Fier and with support from the representatives of UNICEF in Albania on the 22nd of August 2013 in the conference room of the Prefecture of Fier organised the first meeting with the team responsible for the implementation of the project “Empowering Social Welfare Services on a regional level, as a response to the implementation of non social exclusion policies for children”.

 

In this meeting were participants the representatives of local institutions (Social Care Services Office – District Council Fier, Prefecture of Fier, State Social Service regional office Fier, Regional Health Office Fier, Regional Police Department of the District of Fier), representatives of local NGO-s, employees of the children’s rights unit in the commune and social administrators.

The meeting was organised according to the program by starting with the presentation of the participants and the welcoming speech was given to the Director of Social Care Services – District Council Fier, Mr. Astrit Hysi, who guaranteed his continuous support in the successful realisation of this project.

Afterwards, Mrs. Arlinda Ymeraj, Social Policy Officer at the regional office of UNICEF in Albania gives her speech as a supporter of this positive initiative aiming at improving social policies for children.

Mrs. Elma Tërshana, director of the project, presented the activity of the Observatory for Children’s Rights and the project “Empowering of Social Welfare Services for Children on a regional level, as a response to the implementation of non social exclusion policies for children”.

This project, among other things, aims at identifying cases of child abuse that the current protection system cannot identify. If we talk about children who live in poverty and are part of the economic assistance scheme, we must include in this poverty definition also families whose application to economic assistance has been declined or even those families that because of procedures cannot apply at all. Also the participants received information regarding the territorial expansion of the project in the districts of Shkodër e Kukës.

 

The participants asked questions and discussed regarding the situation of children’s rights in the District of Fier.

Some of the conclusions of this meeting were:

– The project’s office RIDE will make possible the coordination and harmonisation of all social welfare structures on a regional and local level, in order to make certain that no child gets excluded from exercising their rights. Such thing will be realised by networking challenges/difficulties, current achievements and capacities. This new initiative will help offering integrated services for children (not only benefits from the economic assistance scheme, but from other social welfare fields as well).

– Urge local units to apply for projects in order to benefit unlimited Funds. This way, local units should identify the main needs that demand immediate solving.

– Suggestion for social policies; the creation of a general social welfare budget, (not separating the budget in specific categories: for the Roma, for widows etc), in order to avoid discrimination of the provided services.

– A positive case that was identified during this meeting was the case of Mrs. Suela Spaho, family doctor at the Regional Health Office, who has also been the coordinator of PEACE Corps for the last 4 years, offering services for children in the communes and villages that have a high concentration of the Roma community (Levan, Baltëz, Drizë).

– In the Commune of Qendër Fier there are 7 cases of children aged 2-3 months old who are not registered in the civil status office. Efforts for solving this case have consisted in contacting the Free Legal Service in Tiranë. In the meanwhile families do not have the economic possibility to pay for the trial (to attest the fatherhood). For these cases must intervene the court, civil status, and family doctors. To solve these 7 cases, the project’s office RIDE must begin its work by creating a communication access point between the representative of this commune and the representative of the civil status office in the District Council of Fier. The suggestion of this Commune is empowering the collaboration with the District Council of Fier in order to give children from the Roma community the possibility to benefit from the offered services.

– Cases brought by the chief of the Orphans Association are in relation with the increase of crime in the family. A family, with 4 children, that has no home but owns a land. The mother is in prison. In the meanwhile, because they own a land, the children do not benefit from the economic assistance scheme. Members of the Commune Council must insist to withdraw the land, because children do not use it, in order for them to become part of the economic assistance scheme. Also, the Commune Council must help them better plan their budget adding their monthly amount from the economic assistance. Problems come also from children born out-of-wedlock, who, in most cases do not receive the orphan status.

Prepared by:

Eridjona Kica

Observatory for Children’s Roights Expert, Fier