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A Healthy Start: - Promoting the Rights of Children and Youths with Disabilities in Armenia, Phase II Tavush and Gegharkunik

Project Code: 
ARM-SHUMD-011
Engelsk
Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

Background:
Despite the fact that Armenia is a recent signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of 2007, there is still a big stigma attached to disability, and health education and social services are not in a position to deliver equal access to services for children and youths with disabilities. This project is building on successful Mission East pilot project “A Healthy Start” which has been implemented in 11 communities in the Armavir region since December 2005 and is now extending similar activities to 2 other regions. Both Gegharkunik and Tavush regions have a very high level of poverty and a strong need for interventions focused on vulnerable children and those with disabilities and their families. This project is implemented in partnership  with two local partner organizations (Arabkir - Institute of Child and Adolescent Health and Bridge of Hope NGO).

Action:
The project includes the following activities:
- Establishment of a disability surveillance and identification system so there is reliable statistical data available on disability
- Establishment of Mainstream Family and Child Centers in 20 communities in the project area
- Establishment of Community Based Support Groups  and mobilization of community efforts and resources to advocate for disability rights
- Generating community based Action and Advocacy Plans, based on the local situation and priorities
- Generating positive changes in public attitude and acceptance in targeted communities towards the Children and Youth with disabilities (CYWD) and their families
- Assessing the health status of the children with developmental problems/ disability in target areas and develop appropriate intervention plans
- Train staff of Marz Child Development and Rehabilitation Centers in both regional capitals to provide sustainable rehabilitation care for the children from target communities as well as other areas of both marzes
- Establish strong Civil Society organizations who are advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities on regional level
- Support a Disability Coordination Council with its representation in Marzpetarans and support the Disability Advocacy Coalition advocating and lobbying on behalf of persons with disabilities and their families and coordinating disability issues.

Project Aims: 

Project Aims:
By the end of the project children and youths with disabilities in 20 Armenian communities will  have access to mainstream services including access to school and health facilities. In addition, families of these children will have the necessary knowledge and skills to organise themselves in Community Based Support Groups  to provide support networks and advocate for disability rights. Other key project aims are the establishment of a sustainable system for prevention, identification and treatment of childhood disability and empowerment of disability organizations to undertake coordinated advocacy towards national and regional authorities.

Major Donor:
 
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project Code:
 ARM-SHUMD-011

Location:
 Tavush and Gegharkunik, Armenia

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Creating equal opportunities for children with disabilities and special educational needs.

Project Code: 
ARM-NOR-002
Engelsk
Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

 

Background:
The project is a contribution towards creating equal opportunities for children with disabilities and special educational needs to enjoy and practice their equal rights to education and lead an active and dignified life in their respective communites. It is built on recent progress in developing inclusive education in Armenia, notably via previous / current Danida-funded initiatives implemented by Mission East and Bridge of Hope which have lead to significant changes in the potential for national inclusive education. These include the development and official approval of appropriate curricula for children with learning difficulties, teacher-training packages, training of teachers via cascade model of training, introduction of inclusive education theory in the courses the State Pedagogical University education program, improved public awareness of disability issues, development of parent support groups, legislative changes to ensure the legal right to education for persons with special needs, and the initial recognition of a number of inclusive schools.

Action:
The results of the project will include 60 schools with inclusive approach to education and environment for all children, improved psycho-pedagogical (PP) services, legislation and policies on inclusive education, as well as coordinated work between respective governmental and non-governmental strucures will support development of communities in Tavush Marz that accept the equality of all its citizens and are fit for all children.
In total, 1600 school staff and about 1500 children with disabilities and other special educational needs, 1200 parents of children with disabilities (in support groups), 170 professionals from different levels of governmental institutions will be directly benefiting from the project. Indirect beneficiaries include all parents of the students with disabilities, local NGOs, local and national education and child protection authorities.

 
 

Project Aims: 

Project Aims:


The project aims to better ensure and promote the rights of children with disabilities and Special Educational Needs to inclusive education and community life, through improved capacity of 60 schools, local structures and services, building a replicable model of an "Inclusive Marz" (province). This proposed project aims to lay the ground for reaping the potential of these important changes on a national level in the future by creating a replicable model of comprehensive approach to inclusive education on a Marz level. The model will be documented and is envisaged to be later applied to other regions of the country.


Major Donor:
 Norad


Project Code:
 ARM-NOR-002

Location: 
Tavush Marz (administrative unit of 4 regions: Dilijan, Ijevan, Berd and Noyemberyan) of Armenia.


 

 
 
 
 

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