The project aims on building a partnership between Save the Children Italy, MEDPAK Association, the University of Bologna’s Department of Educational Science “Giovanni Maria Bertin” and Save the Children International (SCI) – Albania Country Office. The overall objective of the project is: “All children in Albania, including children with disabilities, develop their potentials with improved learning outcomes.”
The project focus will be on Children aged 0-6 years including children with disabilities – who will benefit from inclusive learning opportunities and quality education in Elbasan and Korce municipalities.
The focus of the project will be built upon three main pillars: access, quality and institutional strengthening.
Health professionals, caregivers, teacher and local institution personnel will be trained to early identify development challenges. On the framework of the project, 2 inclusive crèches will be rehabilitated/constructed in Elbasan and Korce municipalities. Forms of collaboration between universities will be implemented in order to develop a child-focused, inclusive educational programme that will be rolled out to local nurseries and kindergartens, and possibly introduced across schools in other regions
The enrolment rate in nurseries and kindergartens will be increased and long-term sustainability of the universities and municipalities of Korce and Elbasan will be ensured.
Through this 3 years project, Save the Children and its partners will achieve the following results:
1. Vulnerable children have increased access to early child education through early identification of children with disabilities, new adequate education facilities and raised awareness.
2. An increased number of children aged 0-6, with special focus on children with disabilities, develop their potentials through inclusive and child centered education programs.
3. Elbasan and Korce municipalities’ capacities are strengthened to adequately address the needs of children with disabilities and their families.
During the first year, the project was able to:
I. To train the staff of first-level health centers on the inclusion of 0-6 age children with disabilities in the in the regions of Elbasan and Korce;
II. Launch the master in Inclusive Education at the Universities of Elbasan and Korca, in collaboration with the University of Bologna;
III. Begin the construction of two crechès in Elbasan and Korca.