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The Learning Centers Network PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Balkan Sunflowers has been running education programs aiming at the successful integration of Roma Ashkali and Egyptian communities since 2003, but it was in 2008 when these programs were organized under the framework of the Learning Centers Network. Balkan Sunflowers is currently running 4 Learning Centers - Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Gračanica/Graçanicë, Shtime/Štimlje, Plemetina/Plementinë - and has recently launched a new center in Plemetina/Plementinë Social Housing Buildings in Obiliq/Obilić municipality. The attendance is over 500 children daily. Programs are conducted in Albanian and Serbian languages and are facilitated by trained staff and volunteers mostly belonging to Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. The centers also host 5 international volunteers from February to December under the umbrella of the European Voluntary Service.

Please visit the Learning Centers Network for more information on the program and its successess.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 July 2013 )
School Mediation Program PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Balkan Sunflowers established its School Mediators Program in 2010 under the pilot project "School Mediators" funded by the OSCE. The project aims at increasing access to education for children from disadvantaged communities, in particular Kosovo Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian by encouraging enrolment and preventing children dropping out of school.

To this end, the program supports the work of 15 school mediators in ten municipalities in Kosovo. The 15 trained mediators are currently working in the 35 schools that comprise the majority of children from Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in the targeted municipalities. Mediators’ main tasks are: ensuring children enrolment in school, preventing interruption of their school attendance, individuating problems pupils may face regarding their schooling and put in place remedy actions, and mediating among families, schools and municipal administrations.

The program is currently supported by People in Need/Czech Development Agency, the Netherlands Embassy and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Please click here in order to learn more about the School Mediation Program.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 April 2013 )
The Strategy Advocacy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 April 2013

In 2008, the Government of Kosovo approved the "Strategy for the Integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities", followed in 2009 by its Action Plan. However, little funding has been allocated for its implementation. Balkan Sunflowers is currently implementing a project with the goal of increasing the awareness and capacity of municipal officials on the implementation of the Strategy in 9 municipalities. The project aims as well at improving the cooperation among NGOs, CSOs and other stakeholders working with Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, in order to empower citizens and civil society to actively participate in the policy and decision-making process regarding to the Strategy at local level.

Please visit The Strategy website for more information about the project.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 April 2013 )
Rolling Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Rolling Film Festival brings film by and about Roma from around the world to Kosovo for a multi-day festival including also local art and talent. Following the 2009, and 2011 editions, the third edition was celebrated in December 2012. The festival has become Kosovo’s most appreciated event for introducing other Kosovo communities to the Roma community, for supporting Romani artistic expression, and for providing a festive, dynamic and transformative venue for combating stereotypes and promoting positive inter-ethnic relations.

Please visit the Rolling Film Festival website for more information about past events and news on the preparation of the next edition.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 April 2013 )
PRECEDE Project PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 April 2013

PRECEDE (Partnership for Reconciliation through Early Childhood and Development in Europe) is an EU funded project which aims at developing sustainable networks of civil society organisations concerned with young children and promoting acceptance of others and respect for diversity. Starting from country level networks, the project links regional level networks thus culminating in the International Network for Young Children in Conflict and Post-conflict Countries.

Please click here to learn more about the PRECEDE project objectives, partners and activities.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 April 2013 )

Showcasing films
made by & about Roma