EDI - Empowerment of Kosovo minorities through Education, Dialogue and Involvement in the municipal decision-making process (EDI phase II)
EDI 2 Project aims at enhancing the integration of minority communities in Kosovo through enhanced education, interethnic dialogue and empowerment. To achieve the objective of this project, which is a continuation of EDI 1, the EDI consortium will work to increase the access to education, empower youth and adults, and advocate for the institutionalization of the learning centres program for the empowerment of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities.
The outputs/expected results of EDI 2 are:
1. Increased access to education of the target groups and improved children’s school achievement;
2. Youth and adults gained leadership skills and are empowered;
3. Learning center program is institutionalized and government policy related to education is implemented.
In EDI 2 partners will work jointly to create more synergies and will concentrate their activities in 4 municipalities in Kosovo: Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Lipjan/Lipljan (Janjevë/o), Shtime/Štimlje and Obiliq/Obili? (Plemetin/a). The number of municipalities was limited to be able to concentrate more attention and resources to facilitate increasing impact on beneficiaries.
At the end of the project approximately 70 volunteers, 1800 children, 115 adults, 15 families, teachers and project staff will have benefited from the activities.
Activities to be undertaken respond to the needs of the communities in the four municipalities. Activities include: the implementation of the learning programs; pre-school and kindergarten activities; inclusive sport activities; financial support to families (emergency fund); medical visits, and lectures on health and nutri-tion; training on disabilities for staff and development of an action plan to prepare the integration of beneficiaries with special needs in project activities; advocacy trainings for staff and volunteers, bursary program; programs which provide youth with training and experience in teaching, leadership skills, and fight early marriages while persuading young girls to stay in school and advocacy activities through trainings, events and actions.
Partners view the local community as active agents of change, and work to mobilize the agency of local people using a participatory approach. Project activities are designed to be: child-centred, community-based, volunteer-supported, inclusive, gender balanced, rights-based, results-oriented.
The consortium undertaking this action seeks comprehensive collaboration among CSOs and NGOs operating in the fields of social inclusion, education, integration, lifelong learning, and voluntarism. Based on the previous phase of the project, the results achieved, and the evaluation of the project, this project will remain within the frame of the EDI 1 and will be more focused on education and voluntarism.