Gjirokastra’s public institutions commit to engage for every roma child in kindergarten

Gjirokastra’s public institutions commit to engage for every roma child in kindergarten

Gjirokastra, 17 February 2014– The Children Human Rights Centre of Albania - CRCA organized today in the meeting room of Gjirokastra’s District Council the Workshop "Every Roma child in the kindergarten". This workshop was intended to bring together key stakeholders of the district of Gjirokastra, to discuss solutions and recommendations that affect the improvement of the living conditions and the integration of Roma children in preschool education.

The UNICEF and CRCA Albania initiative "Every Roma child in the kindergarten" supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Austrian Cooperation for Development, aims to establish and support local networks in early childhood issues and the integration of Roma children in preschool. At this meeting, representatives of public institutions and civil society expressed their commitment to continue working in support of the Roma community and especially for the integration of 3-6 year old children in the kindergarten, and find a solution to the series of problems that need to be addressed in the future.

Mr. Altin Hazizaj, Executive Director of CRCA Albania and moderator of the meeting, in his opening speech said "CRCA Albania is highly committed that every child across the country belonging to the Roma community has equal opportunities to quality education. I hope that this year, in collaboration with central and local government of Gjirokastra, we succeed in integrating as many Roma children as possible in pre-school education”.

Mr. Odise Koti, Vice Mayor of Gjirokastra said that “The municipality of Gjirokastra has highly invested on the improvement of the living standard of the Roma community. The municipality fully supports this initiative and will give its maximum contribution for the integration of Roma children in the kindergarten”.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of the main institutions of Gjirokastra including the Municipality, Economic Aid Office, Regional Education Directorate, District Council, Public Health Directorate and Social Services, representative of local organizations, media etc.

The Workshop continued with open discussions between the participants focusing on raising the issues that this community face and was concluded with a series of recommendations for addressing the problems Roma children face in the city.

For more information, please contact:

Mersila Ballo
HRH, CRCA Albania
Cel: 0694060392
E-mail: mersila.ballo@crca.al

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