The children

Early years

Primary school years



Primary school years

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The country enjoys 95 percent enrolment rate in primary education with gender disparity. Children attend schools in a friendly, interactive learning environment, sensitive to student abilities. Some 11,000 teachers are trained to embrace the child-friendly school concept.

The inclusive education system mainstreams children with special needs and those outside of the normal school system. These previously excluded children attend classes with their peers and have shown remarkable progress.

In schools children learn about their rights and responsibilities in society.

The Ombudspersons Office for Children Rights monitors and takes action when children’s rights in the country are violated.

Some 30 children are discharged from the Special Institute in Demir Kapija and live with their biological and/or foster families. Day-care centers in 12 cities throughout the country provide educational and therapeutic services to an average of 20 children per center and support their families.

Yet, children in rural and poor communities have difficulties accessing basic social services due to traditional attitudes towards early marriage for girls, start of work for boys and the looming economic situation.

Social inclusion of these groups poses continuous challenge for the Government and UNICEF as its partner.



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