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Project ”IN FOCUS – support for Roma families”

AGENDA, project IN FOCUS

From the very beginning, NGO AGENDA was included in the programs of support to the residents of Gazela and Belvil, through the census of Gazela; the programs for support in learning in temporary settlements Makis 1; and then through the coverage of 123 children from 5 temporary settlements (Makis 1 and 2, Rakovica 1 and 2 and Kamendin).

This year (2017), through the project “In FOCUS” supported by the City of Belgrade – the Secretariat for Social Protection, we will continue to provide support to children and mothers displaced from Gazela and Belville, but this time moved to social apartments in Orlovsko naselje (Orlovsky settlement) and Jabucki Rit. Support, which as so far, includes the provision of tutorial support in the learning for children of school age, cultural and educational activities for children and social and educational lectures for mothers and women. We are extremely proud that we are with the inhabitants of Gazelle and Bellevue from their first to the present, we hope, the final step, to provide support to the youngest and most vulnerable children and women.

The pictures show the excursion and computer workshop we organized for children accompanied by one mother, teacher and with great help from volunteers and generosity of IACBGD.

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Successful stories

L. P. is a Romani single mother of 3 under-aged girls. She came to Belgrade 9 years ago, with a group of cousins from small town and they are now living under the bridge in big city.

Her living situation is difficult. They are living in a 15m2 shack made out of wooden planks and nylon collected from the near by dump. There is no access to water, and electricity is coming from neighboring houses.

She owns a furnace, that she made by her self using old barrel, two beds, old cabinet

and a TV. Her daily job was to collect garbage. Daily, along with children, she walks more than 10 kilometers in order to raise enough cardboard and old things.

NGO Agenda assisted her in the process of obtaining legal documents, and registration taxes in Belgrade, connected her with social work and school, as well as, assisted her with donations of clothes, shoes and school supplies.

As part of the system, soon L.  was eligible for child benefits and social assistance. Steady income has helped this single mother greatly, her 3 daughters go to school regularly now, they have clothes and shoes. Furthermore, L. herself started to go to school for adults. 

L. is now using sewing machine donated from a Church in Iowa.

Agenda has been helping this family from 2012.

Youth Media in Every School

Omladinski informator 2013 Palilula

OUR SOLUTION FOR IMPROVING ACCESS TO SOCIAL RIGHTS FOR YOUTH


AGENDA Organization and the Red Cross Palilula implemented the project Youth Media in Every School whose goal is to better inform students and the encouragement of cooperation among all schools in the municipality of Palilula (Belgrade).

This unique project includes the municipality Palilula all students in primary and secondary schools, as well as students of the School for adult education “Braca Stamenkovic” (23 schools, aprox. 12,000 students).

Young people in Serbia,  are the least informed categories of the population (source: Strategy for Youth – the Republic of Serbia). Young people and their topics media devote not enough space, only about 30% of the statutory minimum. Participation by young people in creating the information is insignificant or completely absent.
Also, lacking the ability to inform young people about the activities taking place in local communities because of the visibility of those activities is negligible. Therefore, the possibility of active participation and contributing to the improvement of life in their community.

Program YOUTH MEDIA IN EVERY SCHOOL was aimed at correcting this deficiency at the local level.

The program is designed so that as holders of the program set up by the students themselves and their teachers (eg. Teachers in charge of cooperation with the Red Cross and / or other interested activities). Each school formed a Working team composed of 4 – 5 motivated students and one professor. For Work Teams to acquire the necessary basic knowledge of topics and areas covered by the program, we organized the training – how to get information on how to check, how to write an effective text, how to choose the right information on how to present them …..

The topics that were dealt with under this Program are:

1.  Access to Human / Social / Children’s rights – rights that young people have, how these rights are accessed, who protecting their rights (ie. Social orientation). The information where created in cooperation with the Secretariat for Education, the Ombudsman, the Council of Europe Department for youth, and other relevant institutions;

2.  Protecting the health of young people and the promotion of healthy lifestyles – first aid, prevention of human trafficking, AIDS, drug addiction, violence, abuse on the Internet, (socio-health orientation ie. who to contact in case of problems in these areas);

3. Information about programs and activities that take place in the local environment and opportunities for involvement. Free of charge leisure time activities, volunteering opportunities, free sport etc…;

4. Presentation of the activities carried out by young people in the local community ie. enabling visibility;

The program places special emphasis on enabling participation and autonomy of young people in creating a desired content through active engagement Working teams of five students and one teacher in each school.

Within the framework of the Program are provided monitors for all 23 schools and they should be installed in the school hall or in another conspicuous place. Since the monitors to be placed in the school hall, access to the content that is transmitted to them will have equally students and teachers, but also parents and others who come to school.

Project is supported by Telenor Fondation and Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia SDC

Mentorsip program for Roma students

Mentoring program for Roma students

YOUTH FOR YOUTH

In summer 2014.  AGENDA started mentorship program YOUTH FOR YOUTH

Short description of program

We believe that one of the biggest issues that Roma students and youth in general face is the lack of access to Social Rights, mainly education, as well as lack of opportunities for academic growth and development of leadership skills. This project has multiple groups that will benefit as it creates a platform for youth to learn from other youth, while building networks and mentorship-bonds.

YOUTH FOR YOUTH is a project that is targeting several groups of beneficiaries. The target groups involved in this project are Roma College students, Roma middle school students and mentors.

YOUTH FOR YOUTH consist of two main activities, the first being, forming a group of young Roma students – mentees. For this purpose seminar in Red Cross Vrsac resort was conducted, with 27 participants – Roma High School students and College students and students who are studying abroad.

Second activity was series of networking events and finding adequate mentors for mentees according to their particular needs and connecting mentors and mentees with one main goal to support Roma students in education.

After a 5 month of mentorship program, we have active 10 mentorship pears. As we are living in 21st centuries, it is possible for people to connect all over the world, so some of our mentors are abroad, and one pear (mentor-mentee) are in Vienna on a same College.

What do we need next is support for our pears mentor-mentee meetings and further development of mentoring program through training, workshops and software program to communicate all together wherever we are.

We all are ready and eager for the next steps

on our journey.

Agenda in Council of Europe Youth Conference

AGENDA in Council of Europe 2015.

Representatives of the Agenda (leader of mentoring programs and two mentee) participated in the Youth Conference of the long term ENTER program in the Council of Europe ENTER-Youth-Meeting-2015

ENTER – Program for promoting access to social rights for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and categories is a long-term program of training of youth workers and leaders. The representative of the Agenda participated in the first round of training ENTER (2009-2012).  At the ENTER Youth Meeting 2011. in Strasbourg, Agenda participate with two young participants from ES Jovan Cvijic “. At the other ENTER Youth Meeting 2015, Agenda participate with 3 representatives.

The Enter! project was initiated by the youth sector of the Council of Europe in 2009 aiming at the development of youth policy and youth work responses to situations of exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people, particularly in multicultural disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The project promotes young people’s access to social rights as a means for their inclusion and participation in society. (source: http://www.coe.int/en/web/enter/home)

 

Project SPAAS – counseling, prevention of asocial and antisocial behavior

Agenda Center for Family Support

Agenda- Center for Family Support, in cooperation with the Institute for Children and Youth continues activities related to the prevention of asocial and antisocial behavior in the community through the project ” SPAAS counseling, prevention of asocial and antisocial behavior ”. The project is supported by the Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Issues.

The project is aimed at preventing the development of asocial and antisocial behaviors and juvenile delinquency, early detection of the first signs, and reacting before the full development of behavioral disorders and arriving in conflict with the law, with the elementary school students within the territory of the municipality of Vozdovac.


Planned activities within the program are:
• Individual educational advisory therapeutic work with students according to individual plan for each student-once a week for three months, (Office)
• work with parents and family counseling according to individual treatment plan for each student (with the use of techniques and methods of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy in individual and work with members of their families, as well as systemic family psychotherapy), (Office)
• workshop activities with a group of students in each school with the use of techniques and the Theatre of the Oppressed (Agenda)
• seminar on the basics of application Theater of the Oppressed techniques with teachers and support staff of schools, in order to strengthen and acquiring new methods and techniques for working with children and young people, especially in the field of oppression and violence. (Agenda)


The project was presented at a round-table at the Book Fair in Belgrade, 27. 10. 2016, at the stand of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, and Social Issues.

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