The journalist Fani Sovitsli writes in the newspaper MACEDONIA on April the 18th, about the “Child and Family Support Hubs” program of SolidarityNow and its accomplishments for 2020.
“More than 3,000 refugee children at school”
The CFSH program’s achievements:
- 12527 total beneficiaries: 6,242 children and 6,285 adults
- 3134 children accessed child protection services
- 330 unaccompanied children and 90 people with disabilities were supported
- 214 survivors of sexual and gender-based violence were identified and received specialized support and care
- 3052 children and 1599 adultsparticipated in non-formal education lessons
- 2241 women and girlsaccessed the Female Friendly Spaces
- 2201 adults and children received legal support
- 3337 adults and children received psychosocial support
Education cannot wait.
During the challenging times of the global pandemic, our presence (virtual or physical) has been key in maintaining touch with the refugee communities and combatting the feeling of isolation caused by the restrictions of movement. In a year where school access was problematic at best, the non-formal education component of the project innovated methods to continue to reach children and enable them to continue their educational pathway. In-person lessons were supplemented with online educational platforms and physical distribution of learning materials; no matter the gravity of the pandemic, teachers found a way to continue to be on their students’ side.
The 2021 target: Child Protection and Education in 14 sites across the country.