Building Capacity at Day Care Centre Niksic
NIKSIC, June 18, 2010 - Children and young people with disabilities represent one of the most vulnerable groups in Montenegro. Approximately 200 Montenegrin children with disabilities are placed in residental institutions across Montenegro. Day Care Centres represent an alternative form of care for children with disabilities as they prevent separation of children from their families. Such a centre was recently opened in the Municipality of Niksic and UNICEF has been supporting capacity building of its staff.
Only a few days after the Day Care Centre for children with disabilities in Niksic started welcoming children, the first monitoring and evaluation workshop was held on 18th june 2010, with the support of UNICEF. The aim of the workshop was to provide hands on support to the staff during their initial work days as well as to initiate a discussion on standards of quality which complies with the European requirements for quality in the provision of social services.
Radovan Dragnic, educator at DCC Niksic said that children are attending DCC for four days and that knowledge from the seminars helped him and other staff in many ways.
''The seminar contributed greatly to the approach we are implementing to the children, and the sucess of the first four days,'' said Dragnic.
The workshop also included a visit by UNICEF Montenegro Representative Ms. Noala Skinner who on this occasion awarded certificates to participants of the five day seminar held in April.
Two more workshops for staff of Day Care Centre in Niksic will be held in the fall of 2010.