REF - Education, Employment, Partnerships and Gender Equality: A Winning Formula for Roma in VET
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to social inclusion and poverty reduction of Roma in Albania and Kosovo through support of the vocational education and training, facilitation to labour market and empowering stakeholders to take measures to support transition of Roma to employment.
1. Education - increased access to vocational education for Roma youth and young adults, through scholarships, mentoring and tutoring and improving access to education and employment for Roma girls and women
2. Employability - improved employability for Roma youth and young adults, through job placements, professional development and partnerships of civil society, public and private sector institutions for Roma workforce inclusion aimed at influencing policy changes
The primary target groups are up to 300 Roma beneficiaries (50% female); of which up to 150 beneficiaries in Albania and up to 150 in Kosovo will receive VET-related scholarships, tutoring, training or employment. Indirect beneficiaries are: Governmental authorities working on education, VET and labour issues: Albania - Ministry of Education and Sport (MoES), Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE), Kosovo - Ministry of Education Science, Technology and Innovation; and Municipal Education Departments, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare; Educational and training institutions: VET schools (providing diplomas), Vocational Training Centers, Employment institutions: national and local employment offices (seven regional employment offices); Between 50 – 70 private sector employers and families of the primary target groups (approximately 600 indirect beneficiaries).
Output 1.1: Scholarships – Financial support provided to Roma youth and young adults to access vocational education;
Output 1.2: Mentoring and tutoring services provided to Roma youth to facilitate access to certified professions
Output 1.3: Gender equality – empowering stakeholders to prevent discrimination and discriminatory stereotypes towards education and employability of Roma girls
Output 2.1: Job placements (apprenticeships /traineeships) provided to Roma youth and young adults to improve their professional skills;
Output 2.2: Professional development services provided to Roma youth and young adults to improve their relevant soft skills for the job market and their active participation in the labour market;
Output 2.3. :Partnerships - strengthened awareness of and cooperation among civil society, public and private sector institutions for Roma workforce inclusion aimed at influencing policy change.
The project will be implemented in Albania - Tirana, Korca, Fier, Elbasan,Gjirokaster,Durres, Berat; and in Kosovo - Prizren, Gjakova, Gracanica, Ferizaj, Fush Kosova, Prishtina, and Peja. Lead partner in this action is Roma Education Fund Serbia. Local project partners are Roma Versitas Albania and Roma Versitas Kosovo. SDG targets 4.3 and 8.6 shall be targeted.