UNDP builds kindergarten to benefit Roma children in Albania

23 Mar 2009

Acting Administrator Ad Melkert visited the project over the weekend during an official visit to Albania.
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In the village of Rom on the outskirts of Fier, UNDP is building a kindergarten to benefit 40 Roma children. The project is part of a larger effort to empower vulnerable minority communities in Albania, and works to reduce disparities and promote social inclusion by supporting civil registration, vocational training, local participatory planning and investments in small priority projects.

Since the project's inception in March 2008, 165 members of the Roma and Egyptian communities have been assisted in obtaining registration documents to ensure access to social services.  Twenty members of the Roma and Egyptian communities have completed vocational training courses in Tirana.  Sixty local and 100 central government officials will be trained in minority rights and intercultural understanding.  Fifteen health mediators have been trained on minority issues, health care, conflict resolution and mediation, while five community-based organizations have been established in the project intervention areas to support the participatory planning process.

Acting Administrator Ad Melkert visited the project over the weekend during an official visit to Albania and reiterated the need to support vulnerable communities in Albania and the importance of women’s participation in advancement of social inclusion.

While talking to local community members, Mr. Melkert said, “Every person, every child deserves good health care, good education and the United Nations is promoting and working in this direction.”

Contact Information

Nora Kushti, UNDP Communications Manager, Albania, nora.kushti@undp.org