We're working with the poorest community in the poorest country in Europe. Kosovo's Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians have poor attendance at school (96% have not completed compulsory education) which is cause and effect of poor health care, low employment, and a rubbish start in life for kids. Over the past four years we've worked successfully at getting these children into school, by offering resources like book bags, winter transport, academic support and a skilled mediator from the community.
When 96% of a community doesn't complete compulsory education, the effects are wide-ranging, and the children we work with grow up with few role models for literacy or formal schooling. Most of their fathers earn the money to keep their family by scavenging in the garbage. Many of their mothers go out begging, and frequently these children are encouraged to join their parents in this dangerous work.
The project aims to ensure that there is no reason stopping any child in this community from going to school. We take a holistic approach to ensuring the right to education, addressing healthcare, school equipment, academic support, transport and mediation to ensure that children are able to enjoy their right to education. We work with a team of volunteers from the community and beyond and a small local staff to ensure that we get a locally-owned solution, and value for money
Education is the key to transformation for individuals and for entire communities. We know that when these children complete compulsory education they'll be better placed to get jobs and decent incomes, will become parents who will be more powerful advocates for the education for the next generation and will become part of Kosovo's wider society. Supporting the success of 130 children today means being part of the success of 130 families tomorrow.