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Psycho-social support of children and staff in schools and learning centres in Kosovo

An effective education policy and enhanced job opportunities are ways to prevent conflict and massive disordered migration; issues that the Kosovo has been dealing with especially after a new wave of returning migrants in the last years. Capacity at all levels of the education sector is not sufficient to achieve the development objectives of the Kosovar Government in terms of inclusive and high-quality education and especially the psycho-social capacities of teaching staff at schools and in NGO-run learning centres are not well suited for the (re-)integration of children from ethnic minorities. The GIZ Capacity Development in Basic Education (CDBE) program therefore aims at strengthening the capacities of the Kosovar Education system and providing support to local psycho-social experts.

Health Focus is providing expertise to teachers and learning centre staff on mental health issues and psycho-social approaches in multi-ethnic environments. Next to the technical input and capacity strengthening part of the project, we are supporting the staff through self-care measures. During the first phase of the project, a tool box of approaches has been developed to be used by the local teachers and NGO staff. In a second field phase, the CDBE program concept will be further refined and the tool box completed.