Strengthening preschool education in six BiH municipalities through EU Floods Recovery Programme

The World Vision and UNICEF provided safe spaces for children in flood affected areas all over Bosnia and Herzegovina, enabling them to continue learning and developing during and after the emergency situation caused by catastrophic floods in May 2014.

With an aim to strengthen capacities and services for providing preschool education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the EU Floods Recovery Programme supported the continuation of these activities implemented under the project “Child Friendly Spaces“

Project „Strengthening capacities and services in local communities to increase preschool enrolment“ is implemented by World Vision and UNICEF in six municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Doboj, Kovači, Maglaj, Olovo, Zavidovići and Žepče. Eight preschool units and one day care center will be equipped with necessary didactic materials, while early childhood educators will be introduced to contemporary methodologies in teaching preschool children.

Project also focuses on the improvement of access to preschool education for children from the vulnerable groups (children of Roma national minority, children with disabilities) in order to support their cognitive and physical development, as well as enable them to enroll to school. According to UNICEF data, only 13% of children in Bosnia and Herzegovina have access to preschool education, which puts this country well below the European average.

Project started on 1 July 2015 and will end on 30 September 2015. It is financed by the European Union through its Floods Recovery Programme.

The  EU Floods Recovery Programme, worth Euro 43.52 million, aims to assist local communities in restoring normal living conditions and ensure that help reaches those most vulnerable after the May floods in 2014. The funds will be used for restoring public services and infrastructure, supporting housing rehabilitation for the most vulnerable groups, and revitalizing livelihoods.

For more information, please contact:
Aida Šunje, Communications Officer, World Vision; 061 229 128