On June 19th, the Mundësia NGO, one of the members of the Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN), hosted a debate on the topic: "The Rights of Children to Education". This debate was part of the "Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child" initiative, which aims to empower local communities to improve child protection measures in schools through awareness, mediation and peaceful resolution of conflicts.
In this debate participated: Hasime Tahiri-Hasani from Mundësia NGO, Ardita Kabashi from the Kosovo Education Center, Myrvete Hasani from Handikos Mitrovica and Arbenita Hajzeri as pedagogue.
The debate focused on the challenges and obstacles faced by children in rural areas to attend upper secondary schools, due to the high number of youth from rural areas who do not enroll in upper secondary schools. The attending representatives of institutions, such as directors of primary and lower secondary schools in the Municipality of Mitrovica, representatives from the Municipality of Mitrovica, Kosovo Police, OSCE, the People’s Advocate Office in Mitrovica and Save the Children, were briefed on the issues and discussed finding solutions to these problems, also through potential cooperation.
Hasime Tahiri-Hasani, Executive Director of Mundësia NGO, opened the meeting by welcoming the participants. She also said that the organization she leads has for years been engaged in support of activities in rural areas, so that more children in these areas continue their education.
"The European Convention on Human Rights should be recognized and respected. In this regard, the right to schooling and education should be a priority, especially in remote rural areas that continue to face grave conditions and where the value of further education for women and girls is put in question. For years we have supported girls’ education in some localities like Vllahi, Rashan and Skroma of Vushtrri", Hasime Tahiri-Hasani said.
The recommendations that emerged at this discussion were mainly directed at the Directorate of Education in Mitrovica, and priority was given to education for children with special needs. Other recommendations included: providing transport for students from rural areas, raising awareness of the rights to education and equality, greater care and control for children during changes in the school cycle.