MESTI, PIN, The Ideas Partnership and Autism Speaks have signed a Memorandum of Understanding

10 November 2021

The Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Arbërie Nagavci, the head of the Office of People in Need International in Kosova Ramadan Berisha, the executive director of The Ideas Partnership Arbon Osmani and the executive director of "Autism Speaks" Violetë Hyseni, signed today a Memorandum of Understanding within the project "Education for All", which is funded by the European Union, co-financed by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to increase mutual cooperation in fulfilling the rights to equal education in the inclusion of children and adolescents with special needs and those coming from vulnerable communities in Kosova (ages 6-14).

On this occasion, a visit was held at HLSSch "Elena Gjika" in Pristina, which was also attended by the Ambassador of the European Union in Kosova, Tomas Szunyog, the head of the mission at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Kosovo, Pavel Bilek and the founder of People in Need International, Simon Panek.

Minister Nagavci wished that the signed Agreement finalizes the joint efforts of the Ministry and its local and international partners to create equal conditions for all children.

 

He also stressed that inclusion is an integral part of our policies and is seen not only as the integration of children in the educational process, but also as a transformation and reform of society as a whole.

 

Among other things, the Minister said that steps are being taken in this direction and the commitment of the Government of Kosova is to strengthen the mechanisms for implementing policies, for which budgeting has been done for the employment of one hundred assistants for children with special needs for the next four years.

She thanked the EU for its support in achieving these goals, which in this regard has contributed through funding and providing expertise, while emphasizing the continued assistance of the Czech Embassy.

The Head of the Office of People In Need International in Kosovo, Ramadan Berisha said that thanks to the EU, the co-financing of the Czech Republic and the unreserved support of the Ministry of Education, it has been possible for this project to be piloted in Kosova.

EU Ambassador to Kosova, Tomas Szunyog said that he feels good when he sees that such initiatives by the EU bring such an impact to Kosovo schools. He added that, through interventions like these, the EU wants to improve the situation for people in need and that encouraging signs are being seen in this regard.

Meanwhile, the head of the mission at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Kosovo, Pavel Bilek stressed that the programs supported by this Embassy are aimed at involving people from vulnerable groups and the program "Education for All" is a test of the success of the organization. Simon Panek, founder of People in Need International, said the idea is not only to create an environment for inclusion, but also to provide equal rights for all.