On the occasion of the Diversity Day, 26 April, the European Union Office in Kosovo and Council of Europe Office in Pristina wish to stress the importance of guaranteeing access to education for all children also during the current COVID-19 crisis.
“Inclusive education is something the European Union pays close attention to. This is why we are glad to finance the project INCLUDE, which will provide a timely response to ensure inclusive education in the current circumstances. In the long run, the education system in Kosovo will benefit from the capacity building activities and targeted support provided during the project”, said Ms Nataliya Apostolova, Head of EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative in Kosovo.
All possible efforts should be made by the authorities to ensure the continuation of safe and equitable learning at home for all especially for those pupils who need more support or are hardest to reach. Innovative ways should also be found to tackle the challenges of the current pandemic situation. In this context, cooperation projects can have an important role to play in offering solutions to the current challenges
“The right to education is fundamental, and it is vital that continued access to education is maintained during the current crisis. This is particularly true for children from disadvantaged groups, where special efforts may be needed to ensure that they have access to means and material equal to that enjoyed by their peers" highlighted Frank Power, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Pristina.
The joint EU/CoE project INCLUDE supports the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) in improving access to quality education for all children with a particular focus on increasing the participation of children with special needs and children from disadvantaged groups such as Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children. The activities of the project are being adapted according to the needs of the current situation.
The project started in January 2020 and is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. The project will last four years.
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