Education for minorities in Serbia
Education for Roma - for a better start into a better life
In Serbia, the lack of a primary school education is one of the major determinants of life-long poverty. The Serbian government estimates that 80,000 primary-school-aged children (5%) do not attend school. Most of these children are from the Roma minority or are disabled. 63% of Roma parents did not themselves have access to primary education, which means that Roma children have a disadvantage from the start. In addition, they do not often speak Serbian. This lack of primary education is one of the major causes of poverty in Serbia and Montenegro.
This joint programme is run with the following three partner organizations: Red Cross, UNICEF, and the NGO Pomoc Deci. Through this collaboration, several models of education and appropriate institutional frameworks have been developed. They proof to effectively and sustainably include marginalised children into the mainstream education. The joint programme will work in three main directions. Firstly, to continue to deliver services which support marginalised children to participate fully in pre-school and primary education. Secondly, to support the institutionalisation of these services at municipal level, so that the municipal administration and related organisations can continue to fund and support continuation of efforts to integrate all children into the education system. Thirdly, to support reforms at the national level to ensure that the government provides a framework of funding and institutional support that further develops inclusive and child-centred education.
Results to be achieved during the project period
|The project in brief
Cooperation with Eastern Europe
Country / Region
NGO Pomoc Deci
Educational reforms within the context of four major policy frameworks:
- EU accession,
- the MDGs,
- the Poverty Reduction Strategy and - the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015,
These frameworks emphasise the need of ensuring that the poorest are included into the educational system.
5’000 children in 60 municipalities
2009 - 2013
Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia