"Covid 19 - helping refugee children in Serbia" - UNHCR - € 30,000
The UniCredit Foundation has decided to support UNHCR's intervention in Serbia for the protection of refugee and asylum seeking children in the country
Serbia hosts around 7,800 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Among these, there is a high number of unaccompanied children, equal to 13%.
The aim of the project is to ensure refugee children are protected and have access to education, despite school closures due to the spread of Covid 19.
Specifically, the project uses cultural mediators and support teachers to help children with remote teaching. Difficulties with remote learning are common for all children, but for refugee children these difficulties are added to other problems, such as particularly fragile mental states due to experienced trauma, language barriers and the lack of parental guidance. Thanks to the project, cultural mediators and support teachers regularly prepare, translate and share school supplies following instructions from school teachers. They help children with homework and update teachers on children's progress. They also hold online recreational activities with children, to promote their psychosocial well-being. Without this support, many children living in reception centers would be prevented from taking remote lessons and would risk failing the school year.
Finally, children have been provided with adequate equipment for remote learning, such as electronic devices and internet connections.
The Partner - UNHCR
Established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 14, 1950, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization that has been working tirelessly for seven decades to save lives, protect people's rights and build a better future for those forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution.
At a global level, UNHCR guides and coordinates activities needed to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
It provides life-saving assistance, safeguards fundamental human rights and develops solutions to ensure people can find a safe place to call home, where they can build a better future. UNHCR also works to ensure that stateless people are provided with a nationality and is present in over 130 countries, using the experience it has gained to
protect and assist millions of people.