This project will teach a vocational skill to 70 teens who are at risk of violence. The kids are referred by schools and social services because they have a difficult or very poor background, and are at risk of leaving school with no qualifications and becoming either a victim or perpetrator of violence. This project teaches them welding, electrics, barbering, tailoring, decoration or cooking, as well as offering schooling support, discussion groups and family psychotherapy sessions.
Kosovo has one of the poorest education systems in the world (PISA 2015) and many teens leave school illiterate or with no qualifications. There is also widespread unemployment which contributes to high levels of domestic violence. Kids need opportunities for educational support as well as vocational skills to help them have hope for future employment. They also need emotional and family support to deal with the many difficulties they face.
This project offers high quality training from local professionals in skills with a good chance of future employment - welding, electrics, barbering, tailoring, decoration and cooking. The kids benefit from both the trainers' expertise and their inspiration as good local role models. Alongside the training, the kids take part in discussion groups on important themes like goals, plans and relationships. They also have help with literacy, numeracy and psychotherapy if they need the extra support.
Now entering its fifth year, we are already seeing long-term impact in the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in the city. Over 200 teens have completed one of our courses. Parents who had given up on their kids' future have expressed their amazement as their child is now employed or in further training in their new skill. Teachers often tell us that the behaviour of our students in their schools improves. We see kids with renewed interest in education and more hope for the future.