Early childhood







Terres des Hommes and UNICEF are partners in combating child trafficking in Albania through information and services. Efforts are specifically directed to protect and assist victims and their families and promote good practices related to assisted voluntary return of minors, including social support, education and vocational training.

BKTF (Te gjithe se bashku kunder trafikimit te femijeve - All together against child trafficking) is an anti-trafficking coalition of nine NGOs and national and international organizations. Established in 2002, it works to coordinate anti-trafficking efforts.

NPF (Ndihme per Femjet - Help the Children), is an NGO supporting reintegration classes for children on the street and victims of trafficking. Teachers in selected schools provide additional lessons to children who have already dropped out or are at high risk of doing so, giving them a second chance at reintegration in regular schools.

UNICEF and FBSH (Femijët e Botës Shqiperi – Children of the World, Albania) have been working to reduce the number of children on the street in Tirana and reintegrate them into school. FBSH is the successor of Enfants du Monde – Droits de l’ Homme (Children of the World - Human Rights), a French NGO that phased out of Albania in 2003.

The Albanian Children’s Alliance, initiated by UNICEF, is a network of 150 Albanian civil society groups who advocate for children’s and women’s rights. Save the Children and Plan International ( are the other main supporters of the Alliance.

The Legal Clinic for Minors established by Peace Through Justice has received substantial assistance from UNICEF to provide free legal and psychosocial assistance to minors in conflict with the law. The Clinic started work in August 2000 in Tirana and also has offices in Korça and Shkodra.

UNICEF partnered with the Education Departments of Shkodra, Malesia e Madhe and Puka to address the educational needs of children affected by blood feud in the north of Albania. Home-schooling programmes were designed to ensure that children who are kept at home for protection from blood feud still can realize their right to education.

Red Barnet (Save the Children Denmark) has supported the Family Resource Centre in Shkodra, which works to prevent abandonment and reintegrate families. In 2003 the Regional Social Services, a government agency, took over operation of the centre.

MEDPAK is a parents’ association for children with disabilities, working to support their children’s development and integration. UNICEF supported MEDPAK to reintegrate 300 disabled children into mainstream schools in Elbasan prefecture.

With the Multidisciplinary Centre for the Management of Child Maltreatment, UNICEF works to prevent violence and teach alternative means of conflict resolution. The Centre aims to raise public awareness about child maltreatment and protect children from violence.

Mine and Weapon Victims Association in Kukes works with UNICEF to inform the population of 39 border villages in northern Albania about landmine threats. MVA has also helped mine victims to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society.

UNICEF has supported the Albanian Mine Action Executive from its outset since 1999. The Executive is a government entity that serves as an information clearinghouse for mine contamination in Albania and monitors and reports on demining processes. It also had a crucial role in developing the National Mine Awareness Strategy.

Counselling Center for Women and Girls, established in 1996, offers psychosocial assistance to abused women and girls. Located in Tirana with branches in Shkodra, Berat and Pogradec, this NGO has implemented a number of UNICEF activities against domestic violence.

Shelter for Abused Women and Girls, established in 1998, provides shelter, psychosocial and legal assistance for abused women and girls. It also offers trainings to enhance women’s ability to find employment.



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