Kosovo: Social Inclusion and Protection

Kosovo: Social Inclusion and Protection

In the context of integrating persons with disabilities (PwD) into the society, People in Need supported research into the plight of the PwD in Kosovo and the creation of awareness raising materials on the rights of PwD as well as direct support in helping PwD in getting employed.

People in Need helps people with sight disorders by delivering equipment for using information technology such as Braille displays, electronic organizers, camera magnifiers and other aids. This equipment is used in 10 cities in Kosovo. Besides this, 30 tutors and thereafter over 500 blind people were trained in the use of IT, Braille script and spatial orientation. Furthermore, an Albanian voice synthesis was produced, enabling various devices used by the blind to read written texts in Albanian using digital simulation of the human voice.

Three selected eye hospitals in Kosovo were supported by People in Need in the form of medical equipment supplies facilitating improvement of diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases of both children and adults.

In close cooperation with School of Blind located in the city of Peja, PIN has helped in capacity building of their teachers in working with blind students. With support from Jan Deyl conservatory in Czech, there was established a musical department within the school. Many blind children were taught in playing piano and singing.

From 2015 until 2017, with support of PIN, 33 PwD were employed mainly in private sector. Besides this, PIN has established one of the first social enterprises in Kosovo. One of its main goal is to employee PwD and help them in vocational education.

People in Need also helped those with hearing disabilities to assert their rights to use sign language and assisted in the establishment of a state agency providing interpreting into sign language for the deaf. This was a major outcome of the project as now deaf people can use the services of language sign assistants.

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Integration of people with disabilities into society

Integration of people with disabilities into society

In the context of integrating persons with disabilities (PwD)  into the society, People in Need supported research into the plight of the PwD in Kosovo and the creation of awareness raising materials on the rights of PwD as well as direct support in helping PwD in getting employed.

People in Need helps people with sight disorders by delivering equipment for using information technology such as Braille displays, electronic organizers, camera magnifiers and other aids. This equipment is used in 10 cities in Kosovo. Besides this, 30 tutors and thereafter over 500 blind people were trained in the use of IT, Braille script and spatial orientation. Furthermore, an Albanian voice synthesis was produced, enabling various devices used by the blind to read written texts in Albanian using digital simulation of the human voice.

Three selected eye hospitals in Kosovo were supported by People in Need in the form of medical equipment supplies facilitating improvement of diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases of both children and adults.  

In close cooperation with School of Blind located in the city of Peja,  PIN has helped in capacity building of their teachers in working with blind students. With support from Jan Deyl conservatory in Czech, there was established a musical department within the school. Many blind children were taught in playing piano and singing.

From 2015 until 2017, with support of PIN, 33 PwD were employed mainly in private sector. Besides this, PIN has established one of the first social enterprises in Kosovo. One of its main goal is to employee PwD and help them in vocational education.  

People in Need also helped those with hearing disabilities to assert their rights to use sign language and assisted in the establishment of a state agency providing interpreting into sign language for the deaf. This was a major outcome of the project as now deaf people can use the services of language sign assistants.

Partners: Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People of Kosovo, Special School for the Blind in Peja, Association of the Deaf in Kosovo, The ideas partnership, Light House, Caritas CZ

Inclusive education

Inclusive education

People in Need supports local organisations that help children from ethnic minorities to integrate into the learning process. Roma, Egyptian and Ashkali minorities are especially at issue. Over the course of the project, 300 children were supported each year of the project in the form of tutoring, coaching in the language used in schools, pre-school education and leisure time activities. 13 mediators operate in 10 cities simultaneously – social workers who help solve problems with enrolment, attendance, grades and insufficient communication between the school and parents. Thanks to mediators, 171 children who had interrupted school attendance for long periods were able to return to schools in 2011 – 2012. Besides this, PIN has been striving (along with its partners) towards the fulfilment of a strategy of integration for Romany minorities in Kosovo, which has been approved by the Kosovo government. In reality, however, its implementation is lagging far behind schedule.