For children aged from five and a half to six and a half years old, living in reception centers for migrants in Serbia, from this school year, the compulsory preparatory preschool program begins for the first time. This year, 38 of them is enrolled in a program, out of 333 children already deployed in elementary schools.
Regular health checks of future preschoolers from migrant centers are in progress, and are being implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development has enabled all children of elementary school age, who were in reception centers for migrants, to attend classes from last school year.
The Expert Manual for the Inclusion of Refugees/Asylum Seekers pupils in the educational system was adopted, which stipulates that the school must prepare and implement the Plan of support for migrant children.
Schools are obliged to prepare a program of adaptation and overcoming stress, as well as a program of accelerated learning of the Serbian language at extra hours. This approach proved to be very effective and enabled all children to speak the Serbian language. The obligation of teachers is to plan and adjust the schedule of teaching, didactic material, as well as methods of work.
About 1,000 children were successively included in the educational system of the Republic of Serbia, and the teachers were empowered through the trainings realized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development in 2017/18. in cooperation with UNICEF and the non-governmental sector.
Since October this year, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development will continue to support schools by organizing new trainings and supporting schools that answered the public call for grants from the funds of the MADAD 2 project in order to improve work with children in that area.
A Expert Manual for the Inclusion can be found on this page.