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Public call for municipal proposals for enhancing the access to pre-school education

UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina announced on 3. February 2012 the Public Call for Proposals inviting Municipalities to develop and submit programs which aim at increasing preschool education enrolment with a particular focus on rural areas and vulnerable families. UNICEF will support the selected programmes and co-fund up to 80% of their total value, or up to 50.000 BAM.

The objectives of this Call for Proposals are to increase preschool education enrolment for children aged 3 to 6, and to create equal opportunities for preschool upbringing and education for all children. These proposals could include half-day education, five days a week, or other types of programs adapted to the local context. 

The funds available for these projects cannot be used for building or reconstruction of premises. Preschool institution facilities or other existing facilities should be used to implement the project, as much as possible. The deadline for the completion of the programme is one year. Complete information with application form is available at UNICEF BiH web page.

“UNICEF is very concerned about the limited access of children to preschool education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in rural areas. Every child has the right to the best possible start in life, in a stimulating and supportive environment. We are therefore keen to support municipalities in their efforts to improve access in their communities, especially for vulnerable families in rural areas. UNICEF committed up to 500.000 USD for improving access to pre-school during 2012.” – said UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina Florence Bauer.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina around 10% of children attend preschool education, predominantly in urban areas, which is the lowest coverage among neighbouring countries (comparing to Croatia and Serbia with around 45%, Macedonia with 23% and much below the OECD average of 77%).

Global research shows that pre-school education is extremely important to ensure children’s success in school and a best start in life. Economists also suggest that the allocation of resources for early childhood development and education makes the best return on investment.

Representatives from municipalities are also invited to the two – day conference on Early Childhood Education in Sarajevo 14 – 15 February 2012. This event will gather international experts, policy makers, leaders, researchers, practitioners, civil society and international organization representatives active in the area of early childhood education. In a context of very low access to early childhood education, this Conference aims at reaffirming early childhood education as a right of all children while promoting exchanges on good examples from BiH and internationally. The Conference aims at identifying and discussing main constraints and establishing clear recommendations and steps for the expansion and improvements of ECE services in BiH.



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