Partnerships for social inclusion
Communities, families and individuals who are socially excluded are cut off from social relations or institutions that prevent them playing a full part in society and realising their potential. Social exclusion can have various causes, including extreme poverty, and can take many forms, such as: discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation; and lack of access to public services such as health and education. Combating social exclusion is at the heart of UNICEF’s work. Partnerships for social inclusion form the key part of UNICEF’s Country Programme Action Plan for 2010-2012.
The government’s social inclusion agenda aims to eradicate child poverty, overcome discrimination and increase the integration of ethnic minorities. A major part of this is promoting inclusion of the Roma child, by improving birth registration, early learning, parent education, and access to quality health, education and social services for Roma children and families. The main priority is making sure Roma and other vulnerable children attend school, as a strong educational foundation is the surest route out of poverty.
With help from UNICEF, childcare reform is continuing. At the same time, the organisation’s work in the areas of early childhood development, parenting education, health reform through the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, child protection and HIV prevention among vulnerable groups is being expanded nationwide. Finally, UNICEF and its partners are raising awareness and facilitating dialogue on children’s issues to ensure that all players are united against social exclusion and that children and families get the help they need.