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

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Duration: March 2017 – January 2018
Implementer: Macedonian Civic Education Center (MCEC)
Partners: Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation, Ministry of Education and Science (MoES), Directorate for promotion and development of languages in the education for the ethnic minorities (DPDLEEM), key educational institutions, 12 municipalities and 49 primary schools in Macedonia.
Target Group: Out of school children age 6-17

Output 1: Out of school children identified in 12 municipalities
Through field research/data collection, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science and DPDLEEM, the project is to identify out-of-school children, reasons for non-attendance and drop out as well as needs to be met in order for children to return or enroll in school. The field research findings and the recommendations for improvement are to be incorporated in a Research Report and presented to the state and local educational audience.

Output 2: Adopted curricula for returners approved by Ministry of Education and Science
In partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science and the Bureau for Development of Education (BDE), the project will support adaptation to the curricula in order to meet the needs of the returners or newly enrolled children.

Output 3: Tailored support and scholarships for returners and newly enrolled children
On the basis of the Research Report, the project will design individual support i.e. incentives for children to enroll or return to school. The designed support is to be provided to 100-150 out of school children.

Accomplished results:
– 1144 out of school children, age 6-17, were identified with the field research in 12
municipalities;
– 1122 parents of out of school children provided input on the reasons for non-attendance and drop-out of their children as well as the needs to be met for the return or enrollment of their children in school;
– Relevant state representatives gave valuable input for drafting a research report: 71 representatives from MoES, SEI, CSW, LSGU, PS, parents and local NGOs;
– A field research database was created for the identified 1144 out of school children, containing information for non-attendance, statistics as gender, age, city of residence and other;
– 47 out of school children (age 6-8) received project support and enrolled in school. All are reported to attend school on regular basis;
– The research report with its findings, presented in front of 60 educational stakeholders, raised awareness on the issue of out of school children. MoES expressed commitment to address the issue of out of school children with concrete measures.