Elsaban 2 Development Program
This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.
1.The ADP built the capacity of 5 student governments on life skills, public speaking, child friendly school standards, and the role and function of the Student Government. As a result, student governments drafted action plans for their schools and have organized awareness raising activities within the Global Education Week for inclusive education for children with disabilities.2.The ADP trained 4 School Boards on roles and responsibilities in school management and decision-making. As a result, they were able to draft action plans for each school to improve school environments.3.In order to improve the quality of education and school environments, the ADP trained 9 coordinator teachers on child friendly school standards including topics like inclusiveness, student participation in decision-making, quality of education and Disasters Risk Reduction (DRR) concepts.4.In order to equip parents with knowledge on child rearing and child protection, WV trained 81 parents from 2 ADPs (Elbasan 1 and Elbasan 2) on child development.5.The ADP strengthened a community working group of 15 members focused on coordinating child protection services by training them on Child Protection policies and standards and on topics related to caring for children with disabilities.6.The ADP worked with 72 children from 3 villages and educated them on vulnerability, empathy, and traditional advocacy systems that affect the protection of children. The trainings incorporate life skills in order to help children (especially the most vulnerable) develop confidence, communication skills, increase knowledge and exchange information with peers. As a result, children have developed initiatives through theatre and painting on advocacy issues affecting children in their area.7.In order to improve youth development, the ADP assessed the life skills and development of youth and addressed needed topics through holiding 3 training sessions on topics like cmmunication, emotional management, and social responsibility. 8.In order to help youth organize themselves for social change at the local and national levels, the ADP established 2 youth groups with a total of 42 members. The groups have developed strategies for building their capacity and for carrying out awareness activities on child protection and child wellbeing in their context.9.The ADP trained youth groups on advocacy so that they could influence the decisions that affect their lives in the community. As a result, youth began to focus their efforts on affordable transportation to and from school for students in the community.10.The ADP supported partners to organize summer camps for 190 children where children played and learned about their rights and positive behaviors.11.WV provided schools supplies to 300 children in need.