What We Do
Save the Children has a country program strategy in Albania which covers the period of 2016-2018. Our work promotes the rights of children and adolescents to education, protection and survival to a life that protects them from all forms of exploitation and violence. Our approach empowers and supports children to meaningfully increase their participation in school and community life and influence decisions through child rights lenses.
In Child Protection Our program promotes development of a functional Child Protection System in Albania with an emphasis on protecting children and youth through community based and family strengthening approaches. We have established protective networks and created spaces for children and youth to reduce risks of exploitation and abuse and strengthen their resilience. The communities are more aware in relation to child rights, positive parenting and keeping children safe, as result of awareness activities and parenting support programs. We are piloting a foster care intervention in support of children, in public residential institution aiming De-institutionalization of children through collaborating and developing capacities of local structures and other partners to design and offer qualitative alternative care services for children and their families.
Our program in Education and Early Childhood Care and Development reaches the most deprived children such as Roma/Egyptian and Children with Disabilities from early ages to adolescents (3-16 yrs). In partnership with the Ministry of Education, local education authorities, teachers, parents and Children’s Government, our program focuses on projects that promote children’s access and participation in public schools/kindergartens and reduce violence and discrimination against them. We support community based approaches and Early Childhood Care and Development intervention in rural areas and in most deprived communities to offer all children equal start in life. We lobby to improve Education laws, policies and practices which support and address children’s needs and creates the opportunity for all children to benefit from inclusive models, where they can learn, progress and get socially involved. We work with Universities to improve pre- services curricula focusing in mainstream principals of inclusion impacting teacher training at scale.
In Child Rights Governance We have achieved great impact related to child investment work while continue to develop further the capacities of child led groups and enhance collaboration with state actors. Save the Children has drawn attention of the state authorities to focus on the quality of services in key sectors such as education, health, social protection and juvenile justice, which does not yet meet regional and international standards. We encourage and support child and youth led activities and initiatives, to promote their views on child rights at the local, national and international level through the production of child-led monitoring reports. Strengthening state structures to monitor and implement Child Rights and monitor resource allocations for children is another important aspect of our intervention.
Our Humanitarian Our program work consists in reducing the impact of disasters for children and their communities in targeted areas. We cooperate with children community members and responsible structures at both local and central level, to develop plans of action and ensure effective response to emergencies. During flooding emergencies, we have immediately reacted and be on field close to communities affected, by providing Food and NFIs, as well following with setting up Child Friendly Spaces. We cooperate with agencies in humanitarian emergencies and monitor closely to ensure effective coordination with government, communities and children.
In Health and Nutrition Our interventions focus on better access to quality primary health care services, nutrition of U5 children, health education & promotion for community members and capacity building for health care workers, in rural areas. We engage in networks and lobbying for policy enforcement in order to create access to quality health services for all newborns, young children and women. We promote the incorporation of children voices and youth in health through advocacy work and campaigns. Our recent intervention, Health for All project, will render greater impact in higher quality & more affordable primary health care services and contribute to increased participation of citizens towards accountable and responsive health system.
In Poverty We are a pioneer on this theme. Our program aims to increase opportunities for vulnerable youth to break the cycle of poverty in a sustainable way. We are working to equip the most deprived adolescents and youth with life skills and develop their vocational capacities aiming to build and enhance their access to sustainable livelihood models for a smooth transition to adulthood. We will engage youth in income generating activities based on their developed potential and market opportunities as well as enhance awareness at all levels (family, public institutions and private sector) to enable supportive linkages for youth transit to adulthood. In collaboration with partners, we have identified and analyzed the root causes of poverty and will use the findings to address issues and influence policy and action plans that systematically alleviate poverty.