1. Child and Youth Participation. Children and young people will be involved actively in planning, decision-making and implementation of programmes and activities of CRCA. The right of the child to be heard, to freedom of expression will be fully respected throughout the implementation of our programmes and activities. CRCA will provide equal opportunities to female and male children and young people to participate, express their opinions, be taken into consideration and influence our work and programming.
2. Respect for human rights. CRCA will only support activities that take into consideration the respect and promotion of children and youth rights and that do not cause harm to children or young people.
Programme: The Rights of the Child a Democratic Right
- Tirana Child Rights Academy. During 2007 and onwards CRCA will organise for the first time ever the Tirana Child Rights Academy. The aim is to strengthen the capacities of selected senior representatives of Government and NGO’s and raise the debate on children’s rights respect and development in Albania.
- Lobby and advocate for policy and legislative improvement of local and national policies and legislation for children and young people in Albania, in cooperation with Albanian Parliament, Government and civil society groups.
- Campaign for the respect of children and youth rights in Albania, through networking activities, lobby and advocacy, public statements, letters to officials and public protests. For this CRCA will continue to actively support the existing networks and coalitions and their activities in the country. Major coalitions and networks include: Albanian Children’s Rights Network, Albanian Coalition for Children’s Education, Albanian Coalition for Children living with HIV/AIDS, Albanian Children’s Alliance etc.
- Capacity Building for Government on CRC and other child-rights related international standards, through influencing policy and legislative change and improvement, tailored training courses based on needs of the public institutions and lobby and advocacy initiatives.
- Strengthening of civil society in Albania through networking and common initiatives, through training courses and awareness seminars / workshops on CRC, other UN standards, EU and national legislation.
- Strengthening of children and youth movement in Albania through the support of children and youth groups (for example Tirana Children’s Senate) and the establishment of Child / Youth Rights Offices / Units at local level.
- Research into child and youth-rights related issues in cooperation with the Information and Research Center for Children’s Rights in Albania.
Programme: Information, Communication and Education on children and youth rights
- Support of the Electronic Newsletter ‘Help the Children’ as a mean of coordination and exchange of information in Albanian and English with NGO’s, Government and Agencies in Albania and abroad, in cooperation with the Information and Research Center for Children’s Rights in Albania;
- Preparation, publish and distribute of The Review for the Children and Youth Rights in Albania, in cooperation with the Information and Research Center for Children’s Rights in Albania;
- Support the preparation, publication and distribution of the children’s newspaper “Children’s Voice” in cooperation with children’s groups and organisations.
- Support activities that strengthen and enhance the respect of children and youth rights in Albania by the Governmental institutions at local and national level.
- Organise awareness seminars, forums and workshops with teachers, parents, educators, social workers, children and young people on the respect of children and youth rights in schools, public institutions, families and communities.
- Organise a yearly National Convention / Forum on topic issues related to children and youth rights situation in the country, in cooperation with the Albanian Parliament and / or Albanian Government.
- Continue to support the preparation, publication and distribution of informing materials (booklets, flyers, brochures, media advertisements etc) on children and youth rights, good parenthood, peer to peer education, respect of children and youth rights in schools and family etc.
Programme: Support Juvenile Justice Reform
- Support the current reform on the administration of juvenile justice initiated by the Ministry of Justice in Albania in cooperation with civil society in Albania.
- Influence policy and legislative change, including the preparation of the Juvenile Justuce Code, as a mean of establishing the system of the administration of juvenile justice in Albania and good models of care for children and young people in conflict with the law.
- Continue the support of capacity building measures for justice and penitentiary system in Albania with the main focus the respect of children’s rights and the rights of juveniles in conflict with the law.
- Carry out research into juvenile justice, juvenile delinquency and alternative measures, with special focus the policy and legislative complications. Research should help the improvement of the current situation that children and juveniles face while in custody, and provide recommendations on how to build a system of care and protection of children and young people as victims of crime or as offenders.
- Improve services and standards of care and protection of children and young people in conflict with the law. CRCA may continue to support alternative educational, psychosocial and recreational services, but with the final aim that the services are handed over and carried out by penitentiary system in Albania. CRCA will initiate the preparation of Rules of Care and Protection of Juveniles in Penitentiary System in Albania (see Child Care and Protection Programme), with the final aim to have a standardised set of regulations that respect the rights of the child-victim and of the child-offender throughout the juvenile justice system.
Programme: Child care and protection
- ALO 116 – Albanian National Child Helpline. CRCA with the support of UNICEF will continue to support the Albanian National Child Helpline (ANCH) with the final aim to have a national helpline for children of Albania. The line serves to children and young people in the most difficult moments of their life, but without excluding children and young people who need to talk about their concerns and problems with someone who has time to listen to them.
- Lobby, advocate and press for the establishment of the system of child care and protection in Albania. We will continue to press the Albanian Government and specifically the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities for preparation of relevant legislation and the Albanian Parliament for approval of new child welfare laws.
- Improve services and standards of child protection. CRCA will initiate the preparation of Standards of Child Care and Protection in Albania, with the final aim to have a standardised set of regulations that respect the needs and the rights of children throughout the system.
- Improvement of legislation that prohibit violence against children and young people and exploitation of children in Albania will remain a priority of CRCA work in Albania. The Center together with its partners will initiate proposals for legislative change aiming in limiting the harm caused by violence against children in the family, public institutions and society at large, including the criminalisation of exploitation of children for economical and sexual purposes.
- Equal opportunities and access to services for children and young people of minorities, children living with HIV/AIDS and disable children.
- Access to education. CRCA will continue to support measures that take into the account the access to education of children in Albania. However at our special focus will be the children and young people of minorities (Roma and Gipsy), children living with HIV/AIDS and disable children.
Programme: Monitoring and reporting on child rights situation in Albania and Kosovo/ Preparation and Submission of Shadow Reports to UN
- Preparation of the Alternative Reports to the UN Human Rights Conventions and the fulfilment of the Albanian Government obligations under the international human rights treaty reporting system. For this CRCA will continue to support the work of the Child rights Coalitions in Albania and Kosovo for preparation of alternative reports. Special importance will be given to international instruments such as: Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention against Torture, Convention against Racial Discrimination, and Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women etc.
- Monitoring and reporting of children’s situation under the care of public officials and institutions (schools, pre-trial, prisons, orphanages, daily centres, hospitals, kindergartens etc.)
- Monitoring and reporting of the access to education of children from disadvantaged groups, specifically Roma and gipsy children, children living with HIV/AIDS and disable children.
- Monitoring and reporting of the access to public services of children from disadvantaged groups, specifically Roma and gipsy children, children living with HIV/AIDS and disable children.
- Monitoring and reporting of the respect and promotion of children’s rights by the Government and its institutions at local and national level.
Programme: Promotion of Democracy and Good Governance in Albania
- Capacity building for women and youth groups at political parties in Albania. Training courses will be organised for women and youth groups of all political parties in Albania. The training will include issues such as human rights, children and women’s rights, political participation, communication skills, election strategies etc. Training will be provided mainly for women and youth, who are candidates for a public office position in the Local Government, City Councils and National Parliament. The programme previews the organisation of open public debates and forums on Youth and Women participation in politics.
- Capacity building for young people from minorities. Training courses will be organised to meet the needs of young people from minorities on issues such as minority rights, children’s and youth rights, policy influencing and leadership. The young people will have the chance to get knowledge on major national and international human rights documents related to minorities. Other training courses will focus more on political activism, preparation of minority young people on how to present their views to local political leaders, politics and political participation, democracy, human rights and gender issues.
- Information, education and awareness on women, youth and minorities participation at political process in Albania. One of the most important aspects of the project will be information, education and awareness. The project aims to increase availability of information and raise awareness on sensitive issues such as good governance and political participation, women’s and youth rights, minority rights etc. These aims will be achieved through a wide range of activities, described as following:
- Preparation and Production of Manuals of Good Practices. Based on previous experiences, the preparation of a Manuals of Good Practices helps to increase the knowledge on basic concepts on voting, principals of voting in Albania, how is build the Town Council and the role of Municipality / Commune in the daily life of people, democratic citizenship etc.
- Preparation, Production and distribution of awareness materials on women’s, youth and minority participation in politics. Based on the gained experience of the network, leaflets will be prepared and published for each of the target groups called ‘You can participate’. The leaflets will be widely used during the training courses and public debates. The leaflets will be widely distributed also among political parties and parliamentarians.
- Website ‘PARTICIPATE’ will aim to provide spaces for information on women issues, youth and minorities in Albania. The site which is made available since 2006 mainly in Albanian (also in English) will include info and tips on how to actively participate in elections and political life at local and national level. The website will have also specific information on political parties in Albania, news from politics of the country, parliament etc. The aim of the site is to become a pool of information on political participation of disadvantaged groups in Albania.
Programme: PINK EMBASSY
- PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, which aims to promoten the respect and protection of the rights of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people (LGBTIQ) in Albania. Implemented as a program since May 2010 by CRCA and COC Netherlands with the financial support of the MATRA Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania managed, within three years, through hard work to mainstream LGBT issues within the public debate and make itself one of the most influential voices on human rights in Albania. Its goal has been and continues to be lobby and advocacy for the rights of LGBT people in the country.
- Since November 2011, PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania functions as an independent non-governmental and non-profit organization, working to ensure that the rights of every LGBTIQ individual are recognized, respected, protected and advanced. On June 2011, the organization initiatied the establishment of the Organizing Committee of Tirana Pride as a national network of organizations and institutions which will work together for the organization of annual pride marches, starting from September 2013.