Today, the report on "Inclusion of Girls and Persons with Disabilities from Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Communities, in Education and Employment in Kosovo" has been published.
In this meeting where present was the Ambassador Mrs. Pia Stjernval, from the Embassy of Finland, who stressed that the findings of the report were very disturbing and alarming for all of us, and in this regard we must have concrete actions.
Also present was Mr. Driton Çaushi, from the PSD party, MP of the Kosovo Assembly, who expressed gratitude for the initiation and creation of such a report and extensive information on the emerging data.
Mrs. Pirjo Säskilahti, from the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, thanked everyone for the support and creation of such a report and at the same time expressed deep concern for the findings of the report.
According to the report, only 20% of girls surveyed have completed only few years of school, 7% have never attended school, and only 7% have completed university. The phenomenon of dropping out of school by respondents of this group is significantly affected by the lack of parent / family support in terms of education, lack of interest in schooling, lack of time due to other family responsibilities, early marriage etc. 85% never participated in vocational training.
The employment rate of girls shows that only 88% have not been employed, while only 12% are. The unemployment rate of this target group is very high; Concerningethnic and gender discrimination during the recruitment process remains worrying.
Regarding persons with disabilities from the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, it turns out that 45% have never attended school, 20% have been in special classes, and only 20% have completedelementary education, of which 20% have been in special classes. The level of unemployment of persons with disabilities from Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in this study is extremely high, 93% of respondents are not currently employed; the main problem in this regard is finding a job appropriate to their limited abilities. That's why it discourages this group to look for jobs whereas 95% are not looking at all. The overwhelming majority of girls are not currently looking for work; Disruptive considerations include obstacles such as family responsibilities, lack of knowledge to seek work, lack of support of spouses and family over the decision to work.
The phenomenon of school dropouts is noticed in this group, mainly due to learning difficulties, poor health, lack of interest in schooling, lack of transportation, language barriers, lack of support from their parents / family.
The NGO VoRAE through this study sought to understand the thoughts, consequences, knowledge and behaviors regarding the education and employment of girls and persons with disabilities. This study comes as part of a wider vision of VoRAE that focuses on supporting the aforementioned communities in Kosovo through direct interviews, technical support and advice on employment, housing, education, and human rights.