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Inclusive education
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The challenge

Inclusive education

Educated children are more likely to fulfil their potential, become productive adults and engaged citizens who contribute to society.

Albania maintains high access to primary and basic education with a Net Enrolment Rate of 96 per cent. However, many children such as Roma children or children with disabilities do not enjoy the right to education. Albania’s under-resourced education system is struggling to improve equity and quality with the goal of preparing students with 21st century skills, and to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-4) and national education goals. Expenditure on education has remained at 3 per cent of GDP during the last years, while the average in the OECD countries is at around 5 per cent.

Access to schooling and to quality learning is a basic right.

Data-collection tools and reporting procedures are not fully standardized across sectors and coordination and accountability mechanisms need further strengthening. Teachers skills and classroom practices still require child-centered methodologies and inclusivity.

The solution

Inclusive education depends on the full and effective participation, attendance and achievement of all students, especially those who, for different reasons, are excluded or are at risk of being marginalized.

UNICEF works closely with the Ministry of Education, civil society, local authorities and families to help improve access to and quality of education, making the system more equitable and effective. By responding to the needs of low performers and profiling children who are at-risk of being left behind, we support the implementation of a mechanism for preventing school drop-outs.

By bringing together different sectors — central and local government, civil society, etc., we play a convening role in building a robust system for identifying and integrating out-of-school children through education management information system (EMIS) upgradation among other ways.

We provide qualified technical expertise in finance, quality and equitable systems of education for a more effective education system.

You can download the recommendations on the roadmap to inclusive education as per CRPD General Comment 24/4  on Inclusive Education here ->>.

Watch in the link Children testimonials on Drop-Out Prevention. Also download here->> the document of learned lessons.

Watch the spot on promoting children ‘s enrollment in schools and the procedures for enrollment  in the link here->>

Download here->> the guidelines provide roadmap for safe reopening of schools.

Download here->> Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Albania

Inclusive education

Investing in education is critical for long-term economic growth and crucial for the achievement of all of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

For further reading

These resources represent just a small selection of materials produced by UNICEF globally and its partners in Albania. The list is regularly updated to include the latest information.

UNICEF-supported analysis – Albania – The Cost of Underinvestment in Education on the need for higher and more efficient education budgets.