A new kindergarten and school library in Novosela to increase access to vital early childhood education

15 Feb 2014

imageChildren enjoy their new kindergarten, Novosele, Vlore

A kindergarten was inaugurated in Novosele, Vlore today in the presence of local government authorities, representatives of European Union Delegation in Albania, UNDP and community members. The kindergarten will serve around 40 children of Novosele village including those coming from Roma families. Together with the kindergarten, the school library was also inaugurated which will serve as a community center after school hours.

The lack of a kindergarten and a library were the main priorities identified during the community counseling forums organized in the village during the last months.

Community members prioritized the reconstruction of the kindergarten as a key factor - for their children’s education.  

The new kindergarten will increase access to vital early childhood education for the children living in this area. For the Roma, education is the key and this can start with early childhood development. This is a key social investment in human capital and will be crucial to meeting the national targets of inclusive and sustainable growth.

After working hours, the library will also serve as a youth community center which will enable youth groups to come together and discuss issues of common concern and interest.

These two works were implemented in close collaboration with the Novosele Commune who in turn will take care of the mmaintenance and conservation of the two buildings.

The reconstruction of the kindergarten and school library are part of the “Supporting Social Inclusion of Roma and Egyptian Communities” project, funded by European Union and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth.

The project is implemented in the regions of Berat, Korca and Vlora. It contributes towards the promotion of social inclusion and empowerment of Roma and Egyptian communities through encouraging participatory planning for infrastructure development; strengthening capacities of Roma and Egyptian civil society organizations; promoting employability and entrepreneurship; assisting the implementation and monitoring of the National Decade Action Plan for Roma, as well as fostering respect for human rights and cultural diversity. The project started in July 2012 and  is scheduled to end in December 2014.