Children living in the collective centers in Serbia drop out of school even at the elementary school level either because they don't have what to wear, eat, or cannot afford textbooks so they go to help parents earn money in the street. The drop-out rate among this population is 67 percent in elementary school and only 30 percent of them enroll into secondary school. Without education, they cannot find any regular job and move out of the collective centers to start their own lives and families.
We provide winter footwear, clothes, pay for the snacks/lunch at school for about 750 refugee and displaced children, provide the needed textbooks, bus fare and additional tutoring for them, scholarships for about 150 poorest children, so that they can go to school and achieve successful grades, complete mandatory elementary and secondary education and can find a regular job. At the same time, we help parents understand the importance of education for their children and how to support it
Children will complete elementary or secondary school and with their diplomas will be eligible to register with the National Employment Agency, will be in a position to find a regular full-time job or start their own business and become independent active members of the society. This will assist their integration and help the integration of their parents into local communities so that different generations of refugees and displaced people in Serbia can start rebuilding their lives.
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