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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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

Kukes 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 – Kukes has organized roundtable discussions with local actors to inform them about the “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 in order to develop it further:

  • The competences of Pre – University Education should be transferred to the Local Governance Units.
  • Families in need should have access to all services.
  • Talented children of poor families should be stimulated.
  • Psychologist services should cover the entire Region.
  • The role of students’ Governments at school should be enhanced by supporting them financially.
  • The number of the doctor’s at PHD (Public Health Directorate), especially in rural areas, should be increased.
  • A web – page should be created in order to provide information to all institutions.
  • Social Administrators should intervene to prevent severe episodes in cases of children in need.
  • The infrastructure of schools for children with physical and mental disabilities should be improved.
  • To facilitate the doctor’s job by reducing the number of the obligatory documents to be completed.
  • To organize studies regarding the Public Health conditions of the  population
  • The Institutions should take their individual responsibility for the referred cases of children in risk and should not neglect these cases as it generally happens.
  • The hospital should not be used as a shelter for abandoned children, but the necessary measures must be taken in order to accommodate these children in the relevant Institutions.
  • The Plan of Action should suit the specific needs of the Regions.
  • The financing of the dorms should be predicted in order to prevent the growth of collective classes.
  • The foreign languages curricula should be included in the rural regions school’s program.
  • To create a control mechanism such that each Institution will take its own responsibilities.
  • Local Governance Units should channel more recourses of their budget to children’s needs.

Kukës Observatory – 28 August 2013

Kukës on 28th August, 2013

Information regarding the meeting organised in Kukës 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 Kukës in collaboration with the District Council of Kukës and with support from the representatives of UNICEF in Albania on the 28th of August 2013 in the conference room of the District Council of Kukës 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 (Police Department of the District of Kukës, Regional Educational Department – Kukës, Regional Office of the Labour State Unit etc), 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 Chairman of the District of Kukës, Mr. Ibsen Elezi, who guaranteed his continuous support in the successful realisation of this project.

Afterwards, Mr. Jonuz Kola, Executive Director of the association ALB-AID, gave his speech in support of this initiative, that will affect positively on the social care 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 Fier.

The participants asked questions and discussed regarding the situation of children’s rights in the District of Kukës, also they asked that cases that are identified by regional office should be discussed every month by the team;

Some of the conclusions of this meeting were:

– To build the cooperation network and by September 2013 to organise the second meeting.

– Cases that are discussed in the meeting must me documented and the team should immediately start working on solving problems.

– To contact all local units of the district and build the cooperation network with all these units.

 

Prepared by:

Shkëlqim Muça

Observatory for Children’s Rights Expert, Kukës