Starting from August 14, for a period of ten days, over 300 children attending the Learning After School Classes supported by Terre des hommes Kosovo have joined the summer school programme in the towns of: Gjakova, Mitrovica, Prizren, Peja, Klina and Ferizaj. This event is part of the project “Improving access and reintegration to basic education of migrant and returnee children” – financed by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit).
The aim of the provision of additional support for children is to prepare them for the upcoming school year through the revision of what they have learnt already, the creation of a welcoming environment in the school, and the experience of an open and recreative school environment nourished by the participation in educational and creative activities through play and peer-to-peer support.
The content of the summer school activities includes standard school subjects (maths, Albanian language, natural and social sciences, etc), creative activities (arts and crafts) as well as recreational activities (yoga).
The participation of children in these activities is supported by the teaching assistants who ensure a child-centered approach while working with children - a methodology that enables children to be active participants in all activities. This contributes to all parts of the programme. It ensure the provisions of ideas, suggestions and evaluations of the activities.
This kind of continuous support for children over the school year enables them to enhance their self-confidence, individuality, and to develop their communication, listening and creative skills, critical thinking and other competences. The overall aim of the activity is to prevent dropouts and the development of life skills which will have a long-term impact on the children's wellbeing.
Supporting inclusion and encouraging better results in school raises community awareness, regarding the extent to which the school plays a crucial role as a protective environment for children. Therefore, it can be concluded that direct contribution to child protection helps lowering the risks that children may face in their everyday life.