Inclusion of Out-of-school Children in the Educational System

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Duration: April 2018 – December 2020
Implementer: Macedonian Civic Education Center (MCEC)
Partners: Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation, Ministry of Education and Science (MoES), key educational and relevant state institutions, 12 municipalities and 12 primary schools in Macedonia.
Target Group: Out-of-school children aged 6-17

Output 1: New educational legal framework/ policy for inclusion for out-of–school children and drop-outs implemented
The project in cooperation with MoES, key educational and relevant state institutions will support the new legal framework for inclusion of out-of-school children by designing and piloting a shortened curricula.The project will also address the issue of nostrification of school completion documents obtained abroad and will draft a proposal for a free of charge nostrification for socially vulnerable groups.

Output 2: Schools and municipalities support effectively the enrolment and retention of the out-of-school children
The project will focus on delivering trainings for teachers and school staff on child centered methodologies and intercultural education, thus improving school and class environment. In order to support municipalities in the process of increasing enrolment and retention rates on a local and national level, a data sharing protocol for identification of school age children will be designed. The project will also administer intercultural education grants for primary schools to improve inclusion, class environment and to tackle discrimination against socially vulnerable groups.

Output 3: Parents support their children in schooling
The project will support the identification and enrollment of 300 out-of-school children in primary education through tailored scholarships and school day care. Parents of out-of-school children will receive guidance for enrollment and retention of their children in school, thus enabling their children to complete primary education.

Expected Results:
– Introduction of a sustainable model for identification of out of school children in primary education.
– Intercultural education in the teaching processes mainstreamed in project schools.
– Learning achievements of children and youth in vulnerable situations, with focus on Roma children, street children and children with special needs improved.
– Improved literacy and education status of new generations of socially vulnerable youth as a mean to fight poverty and segregation.