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Cantonal Workshops on Integrated Approach to Social Protection and Inclusion of Children

Sarajevo, 5. November 2012. – Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and UNICEF are organizing a series of workshops on integrated approach to social protection and inclusion of children for the representatives of relevant cantonal ministries and institutions. The first workshop gathered representatives from for Sarajevo, Zenica –Doboj and Bosnia-Podrinje Canton, and for other cantons workshops will take place in Tuzla (19.11.), Jajce (6.12.) and Mostar (13.12.).

The objectives of these workshops are to share the lessons learned during the implementation of the Programme “Enhancing the Social Protection and Inclusion of Children in BiH” and explore the modalities for expansion and replication in all cantons in the Federation BiH. The participants will try to identify the most effective ways to support Cantonal governments in promoting social protection and inclusion and ensuring the multi-sectoral cooperation in a sustainable manner.

Presentations of the innovative approaches already implemented in selected locations will serve as a base for discussion. During the workshop, UNICEF and its partners will present the adopted policy frameworks related to Integrated Early Childhood Development and protection of Children without Parental Care, and a model of an institutionalized training programme for schools in order to discuss its implementation at Cantonal and municipal levels.

The Programme for Enhancing the Social Protection and Inclusion System for Children (the SPIS Programme) is a multi-year, interdisciplinary programme supporting the pre-accession efforts of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in the field of social protection, social inclusion and child rights. The main target groups are policy makers and professionals accountable for the reform of the social protection systems, as well as vulnerable groups of children and their families. Programme is financed by the European Union since 2008 from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) in the total amount of 4.1 million EUR, with the objective to support enhancing the system for adequate social protection policy and inclusion of children and their families. All relevant ministries and many non-governmental and civil society partners participate in the implementation of SPIS project.



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