Kosovo Foundation for Open Society
Kosovo Foundation for Open Society

EU SIMRAES

Project description

EU Support for the Implementation of the RAE Strategy (EU SIMRAES) aimed to support Kosovo government in the implementation of the RAE Strategy and its Action Plan. Improvement of socio-economic well being of RAE communities was targeted through this project by facilitating access to education of RAE communities, by preserving and promoting RAE cultural heritage, and by improving information about RAE communities in mainstream media. In Education component focus was on 6 community centers in five municipalities: Ferizaj/Uroševac, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Gračanica/Graçanicë, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, and Prizren, whereas in the field of Culture and Media the activities have taken place throughout Kosovo. Project was funded by the European Union, managed by the European Union Office in Kosovo and implemented by the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS). KFOS was the project implementing organization along with its partner organizations and subcontractors involved in specific parts and activities: Kosova Education Center (KEC), NGO Close to Children (PF), Iniciativa 6 (INI6), Durmish Aslano (DAS), Balkan Sunflowers (BSF), Kosovar Catholic Church Caritas (CARITAS KOSOVO), Bethany Christian Services (BCS), Roma and Ashkali Documentation Center (RADC), Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), Multimedia Center, Urban FM and GAIA.

Project location

Throughout Kosovo with special attention to 5 municipalities (Ferizaj/Uroševac, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Gračanica/Graçanicë, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, and Prizren) where the community centers that are involved in the project are located.

Project duration

30 months, from September 1, 2010 until February 28, 2013

Objectives

The overall objective of this project was to support the Kosovo Government in developing democratic and multi-ethnic society by implementing the RAE Strategy and its Action Plan.

The specific objective of the project was to improve the socio-economic well being of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo by facilitating access to education, by preserving and promoting RAE cultural heritage and by improving information in/on RAE and mainstream media.

Results

Education Component of the Project was implemented by Kosova Education Center (KEC), and was organized in two major sub-components: 1) LearningCenters and 2) Scholarship Program.

Six learning centers serving RAE communities were established in five municipalities and operated by six local NGOs. The centers offered various services to local communities: Pre-School Program, Homework Assistance Program, Youth Activities, Literacy Program and Preparatory courses. The total number of direct beneficiaries in six centers was 2,181, and 2,000 school packages were distributed to children attending compulsory education.

Sustainability of the LCs beyond the lifetime of the Project was one of the key issues the partner organizations dealt with since the start of the Project activities. All targeted municipalities (Prizren, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Gračanica/Graçanicë, Ferizaj/Uroševac, and Mitrovicë/Mitrovica) reached formal decisions to allocate funding for operation of the LCs in 2013. The six LCs were formally handed-over by the Project to respective local NGO partners. By the time of reporting, some of the Municipalities have already signed the contracts for support to the LCs, such as Ferizaj/Uroševac, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and Prizren. LC in Ferizaj/Uroševac will continue to implement the activities in full capacity as it was with the project while other Learning Centers will continue their work with minimum capacity.

Scholarship Program attracted significant interest of RAE secondary and tertiary school students: 315 secondary school students and 64 tertiary students applied for scholarships in two calls published in February 2011 and August 2011. Two hundred secondary students were awarded scholarships, among them 69 female, as well as 20 tertiary students, among them 9 female.

Education Component Management Team paid due attention to regular monitoring and provision of support to LCs and scholarship beneficiaries.  LC staff, facilitators and tutors were exposed to a consistent professional development program organized by KEC, whereas 115 site visits took place during the life-time of the Project. In addition, the Management Team monitored closely the progress of student grantees, and provided advice whenever necessary.

Culture and Media Component was implemented by KFOS and subcontractors and was organized in two major sub-components 1) Culture and 2) Media.

Culture subcomponent consisted of organization of the two editions of the annual Festival and promotion of cultural heritage of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian culture implemented by KFOS, Qendra Multimedia and Urban FM. Festival of RAE culture attracted great attention of local population ad media with its attractive content including theatre, photography exhibitions, movie projections and concerts. Additionally, as a part of the campaign for promotion of RAE cultural heritage, project has produced a CD with traditional Roma songs interpreted in contemporary style. The CD was well accepted by the local, especially majority population, because of the interesting combination of modern and traditional music.

Media subcomponent, implemented by BIRN, consisted of media trainings for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian youth and media professionals and production of TV documentaries, radio features and newspaper articles. 45 RAE youth have benefited from these trainings and they have produced three TV and three radio documentaries. Numerous articles have been written by young RAE journalists and published in local print and electronic media. Moreover, five of the media training beneficiaries have been employed for one year in BIRN media outlets where they have worked as journalists or technical staff.

Results achieved

Indicator Planned Achieved Comment
By the end of the Project, the number of RAE children and youth from the beneficiary communities enrolled in education has increased. at least 5% 31.11% Refers to enrollment of children aged 5-18 (pre-primary, primary, secondary) and compares the data from the academic year 2012/13 with the baseline data (2009/10).
By the end of the project, the retention rate for RAE children from beneficiary communities increased at least 5% 8.36% Refers to enrollment of children aged 5-18 (pre-primary, primary, secondary) and compares the data from the academic year 2012/13 with the baseline data (2009/10).
Participation of children aged 3-6 in pre-school education organized by LCs relative to the total population of that age group at least 10 % 88.48% Data from the academic year 2012/13
Participation of  RAE children/youth from the respective communities in LC programs relative to the total population aged 3-25 at least 50% 72.06% Data from the academic year 2012/13
Total number of scholarships for secondary school students 200 200 Number of applicants: 315
Total number of scholarships for tertiary students 20 20 Number of applicants: 64
At least 3,000 people attend events organized in the framework of annual RAE festival and good media coverage is achieved at least 3000 more than 3000 Two festival editions were organized in 5 towns around Kosovo
Increased awareness of the general public on RAE culture Yes Yes Numerous TV reports, radio features, newspaper articles and online articles were published about the activities organized by the project related to the RAE cultural promotion
At least 15 RAE community members trained in communication, media and outreach management, and 8 of them complete a full pre-career course on journalism at least 15
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45 beneficiaries attended trainings out of which 40 have successfully finished the trainings, 5 of them were employed.
RAE journalists and topics related to RAE communities are offered increasingly more space in mainstream media

4 TV documentaries

2 radio documentaries

2 newspaper articles

5 TV documentaries

3 radio documentaries

2 newspaper articles

40 articles published online

All the documentaries were produced by the RAE journalists in cooperation with experts and were broadcasted on national TV stations. Newspaper articles were published in national newspapers and internet portals.
Table – Results achieved

Number of project beneficiaries

Beneficiaries from regular programs offered in Learning Centers  No.
Pre-school program 338
Homework assistance program 868
Literacy program 100
Youth activities 749
Specific preparatory courses 126
Other programs/activities of Education Component No.
Grants for peer tutors 60
School Support Packages 2000
Scholarships 220
Programs offered in Learning Centers from Media and Culture Component No.
Caravan of Writers Agim Deva 113
Visual Arts 94
Activity Clubs 122
Total number of project beneficiaries 4790
Table – Number of project beneficiaries

Links

Festival of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Culture 2011 – Official Website

Festival of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Culture 2012 – Official Website

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Contacts

Kosovo Foundation for Open Society

 

Muamer Nikšić

Project Manager

Tel: +381 (0) 38 542 157/158/159/160 ext. 105

E-mail: muamern@kfos.org

 

Mimoza Gavrani

Culture and Media Coordinator

Tel: +381 (0) 38 542 157/158/159/160 ext. 107

E-mail: mgavrani@kfos.org

 

Hekuran Jedrashi

Project Assistant

Tel: +381 (0) 38 542 157/158/159/160 ext. 113

E-mail: hekuran@kfos.org

Kosova Education Center

 

Drilon Krasniqi

Education Coordinator

Tel: +377 (0) 44 256 126

E-mail: dkrasniqi@kec-ks.org

 

Rinon Hoxha

Education Assistant

Tel: +377 (0) 44 208 027

E-mail: rhoxha@kec-ks.org

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