Parents and Teachers Clubs join forces to integrate Roma children into pre-school education
Tirana, 27 April 2017- “Teachers speak out ” is a public meeting where teachers and parents, part of the UNICEF supported initiative “Every Roma Child in Kindergarten”, come together to share their experiences on integration of Roma children into early childhood education, in Albania.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child protects the rights of any child, notwithstanding his/her race, language, nationality or ethnicity. Upon ratification of Convention on the Rights of the Child, Albania committed to promote, respect and realize the rights of Roma children through the national legislations. However, despite interventions of the Government until now, a substantial number of Roma children do not have yet satisfactory access to pre-school system.
UNICEF supported initiative “Every Roma Child in Kindergarten” is jointly implemented by CRCA Albania, Observatory for Children’s Rights and the Albanian Christian Women Association, in close collaboration with Ministry of Education and Sports and local authorities, aims to develop and support local early childhood education networks and to integrate Roma children into the education system. Such initiative pays particular attention to the enrolment of 3-6-years old children of Albanian Roma community at kindergarten.
For the first time, this initiative has created Clubs of Parents and Teachers in 12 regions of Albania, who are working together to develop plans for the integration of every Roma child to early childhood education.
During the three-year period of implementation in Albania, the initiative “Every Roma Child in Kindergarten” has achieved to enrol about 1364 Roma children at kindergartens and schools, thanks to the hard work of the Ministry of Education and Sport, assistance of UNICEF and financial resources of the Austrian Development Agency and Swiss Development Cooperation.
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