Education to social inclusion

CEDEM, in partnership with the Pedagogical Center of Montenegro and the NGO “Children” from Rozaje, has begun to implement the project “Education for Social Inclusion” which will last 18 months. The project is implemented within the Cross-Border Cooperation Program Montenegro / Kosovo 2011-2013, with the consent of the Ministry of Education of the Government of Montenegro, and it is funded by the European Commission, through the EU Delegation to Montenegro.

The project partners are also the Kosovo Education Center (KEC) and the NGO Bethany Christian Services, from Kosovo. The project aims to improve the social inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians in the field of education by improving institutional accountability and providing better educational services. The project will contribute to strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations dealing with RAE population in order to engage them in dialogue with educational institutions as well as developing peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and partnerships between experienced and grassroots civil society organizations in border regions.

The project plans to form an informal network of stakeholders working on inclusive education of the Roma and Egyptian communities in Montenegro, whose role will be consultative in meeting the needs of all project beneficiaries, especially students, teachers and school administrations covered by the project. Members of the informal network, together with the project team, will participate in a study visit to the cross-border region of Montenegro (Berane, Rožaje and Bijelo Polje) and Kosovo (Peja, East and Gjakova), which includes visits to schools. children from the Roma and Egyptian populations. The results of the research of the needs of the Roma and Egyptian population in the field of education planned by the project will serve as a basis for developing a set of trainings for NGOs, teachers, Roma children and their parents to raise their awareness of the value and need for education and drop-out reduction. A public campaign is also planned, as well as the preparation of brochures and manuals on the education of the RAE population in order to encourage greater social cohesion between this minority and the entire population in the border region.

Total project value: 115,158.75 EUR

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