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Twelve Municipal Proposals Granted Support to Improve Pre-School Enrolment

Sarajevo, 10. July 2012. – The official beginning of the 12 municipal awarded programs for the improvement of preschool enrollment was marked with today’s award ceremony in Sarajevo. Following the Public Call for Proposals which was published in February this year in partnership with Ministry of Civil Affairs, both Entity Ministries of Education, Brcko District and the 10 Cantonal Ministries of Education UNICEF will support 12 selected municipal programmes for pre-school education and co-fund up to 80% of their total value, or up to 50.000 BAM. Programs aim at increasing preschool education enrolment with a particular focus on vulnerable families. The evaluation commission which consisted of 18 representatives from ministries of education at all levels, Ministry of Civil Affairs, District Brcko and UNICEF, evaluated 65 applications from municipalities.

Awarded programme are from: Bijeljina, Tuzla, Laktaši, Cazin, Vitez, Zepce, Teslic, Višegrad, Zavidovici, Gradacac, Vukosavlje and Jajce. Total amount is 520 thousand BAM.

“It was very encouraging to see that almost 50% of BiH municipalities presented proposals to expand early childhood education and that the selection process involved all ministries of education at all levels. This confirms that there is a good momentum at all levels to expand early childhood education in the country”, said UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Florence Bauer. “Early education is the essential foundation for successful lifelong learning, social integration, personal development and employability. By investing in preschool education these Municipalities are making one the best investment they can make to provide the highest return to their communities.” – concluded Ms. Bauer.


Current access to preschool education is estimated between 6 and 13% which is the lowest coverage among neighboring countries (comparing to Croatia and Serbia with around 45%, Macedonia with 23% and much below the OECD average of 77%). UNICEF is therefore supporting the country at all levels to increase access to preschool education for all children.

In parallel, UNICEF also supports the country to strengthen the quality of preschool education by bringing international experts to BiH and by sharing lessons learned from other countries. A workshop on early childhood education is being held on 10 and 11 July in Sarajevo, in collaboration with the French Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina present the French “ecole maternelle”, to train professionals and to discuss future cooperation for strengthening the quality of BiH preschool institutions.

 

 

 

 

Podrška za odabranih 12 progama za poboljšanje pristupa predškolskom obrazovanju


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