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Information about Durrës region

  1. Facts from the history of Durrës Region
  2. Address of the Council of Durrës Region
  3. A summary about the situation of children rights in the Region
  4. Local strategy developed about child protection
  5. Address of the Observatory for Children's Rights, Durrës
  6. Role and responsibilities of the Observatory for Children's Rights, Durrës
  7. Address of the Children Rights Unit (CRU)
  8. Role and responsibilities of CPU of Durrës

1. Facts from the history of Durrës Region

City of Durrës is one of the major cities of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean. It was built in XIII-XI centuries BC and it is located in the central Albanian coast, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea and it is about 35 km away from the city of Tirana, Albania's capital. Durrës was also the capital of Albania during the period 7 March 1914-11 February 1920. Durres city is characterized by the largest port in the Balkans, which is the key point for the development and strengthening of the city, and the starting point of the Corridor 8. The city of Durrës has a population of 205,000 inhabitants, which is at once the center of the Prefecture and Durrës Region. Durrës region consists of Durrës and Krujë Districts, with 16 communes and municipalities, respectively: 6 municipalities (4 in the Durres district and 2 in the Krujë district) and 10 Communes (6 in the Durres district and 4in the Krujë district).
Durres region is one of which experienced a large demographic movement mainly in the 90s with the opening of the "exodus" and during the '97 riots.

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2. Address of the Council of Durrës Region

Lagja 2, Sheshi ILIRIA
Tel: +35552239931
Fax: +35552239931
Web: www.qarkudurres.gov.al

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3. A summary about the situation of children rights in the Region

In 2011, Durres Region had a population of 414.603 inhabitants and is noted an increase in the population as compared to 2010 where it was 411.194 inhabitants. In 2010, in Durres region there were 0.87% poor families (the total families with children aged 0-15 years versus 103.881 total families in the county). Communes of Cudhi, Kruja Municipality and Shijak Municipality had the highest percentage of households that rely on social aid and who have children aged 0-15 years, respectively as a percentage of total families: 10.8%, 4.03% and 2.45%. This is due to the various social and economic problems that face families in these areas, remote distances from urban areas, lack of infrastructure and numerous demographic movements. As it regards children with disabilities in the region of Durrës, the service structures put at their disposal are limited. In Durrës, there is only one residential center and a day center for children with disabilities which currently takes care of 37 children where only 2.1% of children to benefit from these services out of 1610 children at regional level. In the region of Durrës there is no non-public center in the service of children with disabilities.

An important institution in the city of Durres is the school for children with slide mental retardation. In this school there are 115 children registered and managed by a specialized staff of 22 teachers.

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4. Local strategy developed about child protection

Durrës region currently does not have a regional strategy for children's rights. In October 2008 the Municipality of Durrës published the strategy and action plan for children for the year 2008-2011. Information from the competent contacts within the Municipality and in the region of Durrës shows that there is no work under way for the adoption of a strategy for children in the coming years.

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5. Address of the Observatory for Children's Rights, Durrës:

Lagja 2, Rruga “Sefer Efendiu”, Pallati 1355, Durrës.
Cel : +355 69 44 05 155
e-Mail: Observatori_dr@yahoo.com

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6. Role and responsibilities of the Observatory for Children's Rights, Durrës:

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7. Address of the Children Rights Unit (CRU)

The "Child Rights Unit" has not been set up yet in the region of Durrës. In a communication with the Head of Durres District Council, Mrs. Eglantina Bekteshi, confirmed that there are plans to open the CRU in the future. As long as this Unit is not set up it is not possible to drafting neither the report nor the strategy for children in Durrës Region.

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8. Role and responsibilities of CPU of Durrës:

Child protection worker at the local government unit is responsible for:

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Prepared by: Dorina Beqiri,
Expert, Observatory for Children's Rights, Durrës