“BUILDING ADVOCACY NETWORKS AND SUCCESSFUL PRACTICES FOR THE INTEGRATION OF ROMA CHILDREN”
Partners for program implementation:
Area of activity: Early childhood development policies and local government accountability.
Ensuring that Roma and non-Roma children have access and chances for an equal start in life is the goal of the initiative “Every Roma child in kindergarten: Building advocacy networks and successful practices for the integration of Roma children in Albania”.
The joint initiative of UNICEF implemented by CRCA Albania, YWCA – Christian Association of Albanian Women and Observatory for Children’s Rights, aims to build and support local networks in the issues of early childhood and the integration of Roma children in the preschool system. It aims to pay special attention and help overcome the phenomenon of non-attendance of kindergarten by 3-6 year old children belonging to the Roma community. This initiative also aims at the interaction of civil society and close cooperation with social services, social workers at Municipalities and Municipalities, regional directorates of education and other institutions that provide care and protection for children. It will also re-strengthen the partnership between civil society organizations and state decision-makers with the aim of strengthening the pre-university education system.
This initiative seeks to:
Through this initiative, a series of activities aimed at the role, function and duties of local institutions will be implemented in relation to the issue of the inclusion of Roma children in the kindergartens of the areas where they live. These actions will be interwoven with the duties of actors of state institutions and those of civil society. This will be done by collecting data and cases, solving cases and sharing best practices gained, identifying gaps and finding the right solution within the roles and tasks of local actors.
Supported by the Swiss Cooperation Office in Albania and the Austrian Development Cooperation, CRCA Albania, the Children’s Rights Observatory and YWCA Albania, are committed to implementing this initiative by monitoring and developing best practices for the integration of Roma children in kindergartens in each residence where they live, covering all 12 counties of Albania. These organizations will coordinate the work with each other, setting up their contact points and interweaving the tasks of actors of state institutions and those of civil society organizations.
The main commitments of the intervention are: