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Fostering Opportunities for Greater Attainment and Early School Leaving Reduction

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DEC 30.

KNJAZEVAC, PROKUPLJE – Donation of didactical materials worth 131.711 Dinars has been handed to educational institutions in Knjazevac and Prokuplje in the framework of RECI project: ‘’Pre and Elementary Schooling of Roma: Fostering Opportunities for Greater Attainment and ESL Reduction’’.

Writing boards, projection walls, geometric sets and school supplies have been handed to elementary schools “MilicRakicMirko“ in Prokuplje, “Vuk Karadzic“ and “DimitrijeTodorovicKaplar“ in Knjazevac and Preschool institutioni ‘’Bajka’’ in Knjazevac, as a donation to support enrollment and schooling of Roma children of pre and elementary school age. More than 100 vulnerable children from Roma community benefited from school supplies, while 4 schools have got necessary equipment.

“We are glad to have this opportunity to make the Christmas holidays of Roma children in Knjazevac and Prokuplje happier, but also to draw public attention to the importance of early years and early education of the youngest. We did our best to inquire the needs of children, so that we could prepare what is missing. ‘’We are glad to know that didactical means will be useful to teachers in creating warm and enabling environment for education and upbringing of  children’’ says Mr. DjordjeRadoicic, TUTORING program coordinator.

This activity is organized in the framework of project ‘’Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction’’ (RECI) which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the World Vision Austria led consortium of partners including Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute Belgrade, Preschool Teacher Training College ‘’Mihailo Palov’’ Vrsac, Cultural Information Center ‘’Pralipe’’ Pirot with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs as the main beneficiary of the project.

NOV 15.

Twentyfive education, social and children welfare practitioners debated about early school leaving problem of Roma children in South Serbia. The round table at the Regional Center for Staff Professional Development in Education encompassed the following 3 topics:

Topic 1: Early school leaving in South Serbia, challenges of Roma community and the importance of early entry into the preschool system of education

Topic 2: Risk identification and intervention: a mechanism for early warning and TUTORING program

Topic 3: Teachers and parents on the same quest: do they cooperate sufficiently?

Each topic started with introductions delivered by 2 or 3 key note speakers, aiming to sparkle discussion that followed. Panelists had 30 minutes for exchanging the opinions, viewpoints and arguments regarding the topic the discussion. At the end of each discussion, facilitator summarized the most important points of discussion. This activity is part of the project ’’EU Support to Inclusive Society’’ funded by the EU with 5.4 mil. Euro and implemented by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia  in cooperation with the Ministry of labour, employment, veteran and social policy.

The panelists agreed that early school leaving problem is not only educational system problem but the problem of entire local community.  So called ’’illegal asylum seeking’’ was designated as one of the most common reasons for early school leaving of Roma children in South Serbia. Due to this reason, children abstain from education for several months, whichafter they return back to school requsting permission to continue with education. In this sisuation, due to long abstention of a child from regular attending the school, schools are not allowed to let the child consitnue with regular school program. As a consequence, the child has to take additional courses, and in most cases fail to complete the grade.  The panelists pointed out that children suffer the major loss in these situations as they in most cases early leave education without gaining any qualification. It has also been concluded that represive measures should not be implemented against the families of these children, as these measures indirectly affect children, and that field work with these families should be reinforced.

When it comes to education of Roma children, the panelists concluded that it is necessary to start the education as early as possible, from very early stage of life. 

The panelists also agreed that local self-governments should establish the local funds for financing the costs of education of children from most vulnerable families.

The round table was organized in the framework of project ‘’Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction’’ (RECI) which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the World Vision Austria led consortium of partners including Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute,  Preschool Teacher Training College ‘’Mihailo Palov’’ Vršac,  Cultural Information Center ‘’Pralipe’’ Pirot with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs as the main beneficiary of the project.

NOV 14.

After the extension of the call for tutors within the program TUTORING in Bela Palanka, the total of 7 candidates applied for this program.

The call was released by intersectoral partnership in Bela Palanka in the framework of the project “Pri and elementary schooling of Roma – fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction” (RECI).

All candidates will be invited to participate in orientation training before the start of the program. This will be followed by testing  and interviewing of candidates. Orientation, testing, interviewing and selection process will be held in the period from 16 to 18 November in the premises of the elementary school Jovan Arandjelovic – CrvenaReka. Program is expected start on 21 November.

More information about the TUTORING program you may find at: www.wb-institute.org/tutoring/. For more information about the program in Prokuplje, Bela Palanka and Knjazevac please write to Mr. DjordjeRadoicic at djordje.radoicic(at)wb-institute.org.

NOV 05.

After the extension of the call for tutors within the program TUTORING in Prokulje, the total of 12 candidates applied for this program.

The call was released by intersectoral partnership in Prokuplje in the framework of the project “Pre and elementary schooling of Roma – fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction” (RECI).

All candidates will be invited to participate in orientation training before the start of the program. This will be followed by testing and interviewing of candidates. Orientation, testing, interviewing and selection process will be held in the period from 16 to 18 November in the premises of the elementary school NikodijeStojanovic-Tatko. Program is expected start on 21 November.

More information about the TUTORING program you may find at: www.wb-institute.org/tutoring/. For more information about the program in Prokuplje, Bela Palanka and Knjazevac please write to Mr. DjordjeRadoicic at djordje.radoicic(at)wb-institute.org.

NOV 01.

The Intersectoral Agreement in the field of prevention of early school leaving in Bela Palanka has been signed in Knjazevac by institutions from public and private sector dealing with children and education. The Agreement has been signed by the following 11 institutions:

  1. Municipality of Knjazevac
  2. Elementary School Vuk Karadzic
  3. Elementary School DimitrijeTodorovicKaplar
  4. Elementary School Dubrava
  5. Preschool institution BajkaKnjazevac
  6. Center for social work Knjazevac
  7. Health center Knjazevac
  8. Center for Creative Development Knjazevac
  9. Association GENIUS Knjazevac
  10. Western Balkans Institute Belgrade
  11. Agroinvest Foundation Serbia Belgrade

The Agreement envisages the establishment of strong intersectoral partnership of local stakeholders, aimed at prevention of early school leaving. This should be achieved through the following 3 mechanisms:

1) intersectoral meetings – periodical meeting of professional staff from different sectors and systems working with children in order to discuss intersectoral issues in everyday practice.

2) TUTORING program – program of individual work of tutors with children in risk from dropping out from school

3) Early school Leaving Early Warning Mechanism – to be implemented by schools in order to monitor the risk in children

Within the first year of implementation of the Agreement, all 3 mechanisms will be piloted, and results will be presented in September 2017.

Intersectoral cooperation will be managed by the Municipality of Knjazevac and WEBIN and AFS will provide for technical support in implementation.

The agreement was signed in the framework of the project “Pre- and elementary schooling of Roma – fostering opportunities for greater attainment and reduction of early school leaving (RECI)” funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium of partners: lead by the World Vision Austria, Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute WEBIN, Teacher Training College ‘’Mihailo Pavlov’’ Vrsac and Cultural-information Centre Pralipe from Pirot with the support of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy.

The RECI project is part of a wider project “European support to inclusive society” funded by the European Union and implemented by the EU Delegation in Serbia.

OCT 31.

After the extension of the call for tutors within the program TUTORING in Knjazevac, the total of 10 candidates applied for this program.

The call was released by intersectoral partnership in Knjazevac in the framework of the project “Pre and elementary schooling of Roma – fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction” (RECI).

All candidates will be invited to participate in orientation training before the start of the program. This will be followed by testing and interviewing of candidates. Orientation, testing, interviewing and selection process will be held in the period from 16 to 18 November in the premises of the elementary school Vuk Karadzic. Program is expected start on 21 November.

More information about the TUTORING program you may find at: www.wb-institute.org/tutoring/. For more information about the program in Prokuplje, Bela Palanka and Knjazevac please write to Mr. DjordjeRadoicic at djordje.radoicic(at)wb-institute.org.

OCT 20.

The Intersectoral Agreement in the field of prevention of early school leaving in Bela Palanka has been signed on Tuesday 04 October at the Municipality of Bela Palanka. The Agreement has been signed by the following institutions:

  1. Municipality of Bela Palanka
  2. Elementary School Jovan AranđelovićCrvenaReka
  3. Elementary School LjupčeŠpanac
  4. Secondary school NiketaRemezijanski
  5. Preschool institution DragicaLalović
  6. Center for social work Bela Palanka
  7. Health center Bela Palanka
  8. Association Djurdjevdan
  9. Western Balkans Institute Belgrade
  10. Agroinvest Foundation Serbia Belgrade

The Agreement envisages the establishment of strong intersectoral partnership of local stakeholders, aimed at prevention of early school leaving. This should be achieved through the following 3 mechanisms:

1) intersectoral meetings – periodical meeting of professional staff from different sectors and systems working with children in order to discuss intersectoral issues in everyday practice.

2) TUTORING program – program of individual work of tutors with children in risk from dropping out from school

3) Early school Leaving Early Warning Mechanism – to be implemented by schools in order to monitor the risk in children

Within the first year of implementation of the Agreement, all 3 mechanisms will be piloted, and results will be presented in September 2017.

Intersectoral cooperation will be managed by the Municipality of Bela Palanka and WEBIN and AFS will provide for technical support in implementation.

The agreement was signed in the framework of the project “Pre- and elementary schooling of Roma – fostering opportunities for greater attainment and reduction of early school leaving (RECI)” funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium of partners: lead by the World Vision Austria, Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute WEBIN, Teacher Training College ‘’Mihailo Pavlov’’ Vrsac and Cultural-information Centre Pralipe from Pirot with the support of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy.

The RECI project is part of a wider project “European support to inclusive society” funded by the European Union and implemented by the EU Delegation in Serbia.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact Mr. DjordjeRadoicic at djordje.radoicic(at)wb-institute.org.

OCT 18.

TUTORING program will be implemented in additional 4 elementary schools in Southern Serbia from school year 2016/2017. The following schools concluded cooperation agreement with WEBIN:

  1. Elementary school ‘’Milic Rakic Mirko’’ from Prokuplje
  2. Elementary school ‘’Nikodije Stojanovic Tatko’’ from Prokuplje
  3. Elementary school ‘’Jovan Arandjelovic’’ from Crvena Reka in Bela Palanka
  4. Elementary school ‘’Vuk Karadzic’’ from Knjazevac

These 4 schools have already participated in 2-module training and will sign intersectoral agreements in the field of prevention of early school leaving in their communities. Each school will form pedagogical-psychological teams that will be responsible for selection of children and tutors and monitoring of program implementation. Initial step is that each school enters the program in annual work plan of a school.

For more information about TUTORING program in Knjazevac, Bela Palanka and Prokuplje, do not hesitate to contact Mr. DjordjeRadoicic at djordje.radoicic(at)wb-institute.org.

SEP 12.

The second workshop on the prevention of early school leaving (ESL), took place in Knjaževac on 5 September, in premises of elementary school „VukKaradžić“; in Prokuplje on 6 September, in premises of elementary school „MilićRakićMirko“; and in Bela Palanka, on 7 Septembar, in premises of elementary school “Jovan Aranđelović“ in CrvenaReka.

Workshops gathered elementary school staff, including directors and pedagogists/ psychologists, Centers for Social Work, representatives of Local Youth Offices and of local NGO partners.

During the second workshop in three towns, the participants discussed about and agreed on implementation of the Programme and to create implementation action plans for all 3 intersectoral partnerships. In the framework of RECI project in 2016/17, the TUTORING program will bring together 45 tutors from 3 communities to work with more than 45 school children at ESL risk.

Another important point of workshop was training session on use of early warning mechanism (EWS) by teachers and school. EWS mechanism was developed within RECI project and will be piloted in 4 schools in Prokuplje, Bela Palanka and Knjazevac in 2016/17.

For more information about TUTORING program in Knjazevac, Bela Palanka and Prokuplje, do not hesitate to contact Mr. DjordjeRadoicic at djordje.radoicic(at)wb-institute.org.

JUL 18.

The first workshop on loccal action plan (LAP) on children and youth in Prokuplje will take place on July 18 at 10 a.m, in the premises of Prokuplje Municipality. Next workshop will initiate the revision of LAP on the inclusion of Roma in Knjazevac and it will take place on July 19 at 11 a.m. in the premises Knjazevac Municipality.

Workshop participants are local self-governments staff, preschool, elementary and secondary schools staff, Centers for Social Work, Local Youth Offices and local children, youth and parents NGOs.

During the first worshop, participants will discuss and agree on how will the LAP revision process look like and which phases will be involved. The issues of evaluation of past LAPs and their fullfillment as well as assessment of needs of target groups, will also be raised and discussed.

The workshops will be facilitated by Ms. Slavica Stanisavljevic, experienced expert on LAPs creation. She will be supported by Ms. Maja Gavrilovic and Ms. Ana Opalic.

For further informations please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Stanisavljevic at slavicas52@gmail.com.

JUN 09.

First training cycle about TUTORING program was held this week in South Serbia in the framework of the RECI project.

The first session on early school leaving (ESL) prevention took place in Knjaževac on June 6, in the premises of elementary school Vuk Karadžić; second session took place in Crvena reka, on June 7, in the premises of elementary school Jovan Aranđelović; while third session was organized in Prokuplje on June 8 in the premises of elementary school Milić Rakić Mirko. Training participants are elementary schools staff, including directors and pedagogists, Centers for Social Work, Local Youth Offices and local NGO partners.

Training in Crvena reka was attended also by members of the local student parliament.

These sessions were delivered by Mrs. Andjelija Roglic and Mr. Ivan Tomic on behalf of TUTORING program.

In the course of first training cycle, the participants improved their knowledge about the mechanisms for the prevention of ESL, and they were introduced to the basisi of the TUTORING program. Mrs. Roglic shared with participants experiences in implementation of the program in the town of Raska.

In RECI project municipalities (Knjaževac, Bela Palanka and Prokuplje), the TUTORING program will be implemented in the following elementary schools:

‘’Vuk Karadžić’’ Knjaževac ‘’Jovan Aranđelović’’, Crvena reka ‘’LjupčeŠpanac’’, Bela Palanka ‘’Nikodije Stojanović Tatko’’, Prokuplje ‘’Milić Rakić Mirko’’, Prokuplje.

Second training that will serve to define specific relations and responsibilities in implementing the TUTORING program in the local communities will be organized at the end of August or in September 2016. It is expected that this program become an integral part of the annual plan of work of partner schools in 3 local communities.

The action  Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction (RECI) is funded by the European Union and implemented by the World Vision Austria led consortium of partners including Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute,  Preschool Teacher Training College ‘’Mihailo Palov’’ Vršac,  Cultural Information Center ‘’Pralipe’’ Pirot with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs as the main beneficiary of the project. This action is part of the project European Union Support to Inclusive Society, supported by the European Union with a grant fund of 4.331.275,56 million euro and managed by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. RECI project was created with the idea to contribute to increased Roma children attainment in pre-school education as well as to decrease Roma students’ early school leaving in elementary schools.

For more information about this component of the project you may write to Mr. Djordje Radoicic at djordje.radoicic(at)wb-institute.org.

JAN 18.

Kick-off meeting of ‘’RECI’’ project (Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction) was organized from 15-18. January 2016 in Novi Sad. The meeting was dedicated to detailed planning of project implementation.

There are 6 work packages within this project. First work package is inception.

Second work package has two components:

1) Roma children in the systems of ECEC and elementary education

2) risk assessment and prevention mechanism

In the framework of 1st component the existing ECEC programs and practices implemented in target municipalities will be analyzed and bilingual handbook for preschool teachers will be prepared. Within the second component partner institutions will develop and pilot dropout risk assessment and early warning mechanism in 3 municipalities.

Third work package is about community activities involving the target group and has 2 components: 1) community work with Roma families in the settlements and 2) tutoring at school.

Fourth work package is about creation of local multisectoral networks that will be trained how to independently implement TUTORING PROGRAM in the community.

Fifth work package is about promotion and dissemination of project results and encompasses 2 press conferences and the final conference.

Last work package is about project management.

The project is being implemented a the consortium omposed of the World Vision Austria, the Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN, College for Preschool Teacher Education ‘’Mihailo Palov’’ from Vrsac and KIC Pralipe from Pirot.

It is being funded by the Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia in the framework of call for proposals ‘’Support to the social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups, including Roma, through more diversified community-based social services’’.

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About project

The project "Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction" (RECI) was created with the idea to contribute to increased Roma children attainment in pre-school education as well as to decrease Roma students’ early school leaving in elementary schools. Itis funded by the European Union and implemented by the World Vision Austria led consortium of partners including Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute, Preschool Teacher Training College "Mihailo Palov" Vršac, Cultural Information Center "Pralipe" Pirot with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs as the main beneficiary of the project. This action is part of the project European Union Support to Inclusive Society, supported by the European Union with a grant fund of 4.331.275,56 million euro and managed by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia.
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Partners

Agroinvest Foundation Serbia
Agroinvest Foundation Serbia
Agroinvest Foundation Serbia was established as long term partner of World Vision in Serbia. Work of the Foundation is dedicated to the well being of children in Serbia, especially children belonging to vulnerable groups. Decades of exposure to wars, violence and poverty left deep marks on lives of families and children. In the prolonged period of transition it is necessary to provide additional systematic care and develop sustainable social protection services for all the children in need.
WEBIN
WEBIN
WEBIN is a regional organization fostering a greater degree of cooperation in the region and in relation to sectoral policies of interest and European integration issues. WEBIN works in the field of social and economic policies focusing on education, employment, public health and social inclusion while promoting gender equality and good governance. WEBIN accomplishments contribute to strengthening of civil society and local economic development.
Cultural and Information Centre Pralipe Pirot
Cultural and Information Centre Pralipe Pirot
Cultural and Information Centre Pralipe Pirot was founded as an association of citizens who want their work to contribute to the empowerment of the Roma population and creation of conditions for the integration of Roma into society through education and the improvement of living conditions of Roma, creation of conditions for faster and better mastering the language of instruction, creating better conditions for preschool education of Roma children, working towards faster employment of Roma, preservation of culture and tradition of Roma.
Preschool Teacher Training College Mihailo Palov
Preschool Teacher Training College Mihailo Palov
Preschool Teacher Training College Mihailo Palov from Vršac carries out professional education activities of teachers to work with preschool children in Serbian, Romanian and Romany language. The study programs are integrated in modern international aspects of knowledge and professional skills Europe leans towards today with a goal to have personnel working in the preschool institutions enabled to efficient individual and social functioning in modern educational conditions, enabling them to become reflexive practitioners.
World Vision Austria
World Vision Austria
World Vision Austria is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Since 1999 World Vision Austria is part of the global World Vision partnership. We are overseeing private funded projects in Africa and Asia, as well as public funded projects also in other areas such as Eastern Europe. Through Advocacy we are trying to raise awareness on the causes of hunger, poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.