On November 19, the thematic report in the framewrk of the KOSINT 2020 project was presented “Reports that is focused on the effectiveness of PRTANs for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children”
The purpose of this report is to evaluate the effectiveness of PRTANs at the school, municipal and national levels, with a particular focus on their effectiveness among children of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities.
The right to education is one of the fundamental human rights. However, school dropouts and non-enrolment continues to remain at a concerning level, more specifically, among students of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. To address this problem MEST has taken the initiative to establish and strengthen Prevention and Response Teams towards Abandonment and Non-Registration (PRTANs) in pre-university education.
To have a deeper understanding of the effectiveness of PRTANs, during the month of May and June 2019 was conducted in an evaluation in various schools and municipalities, as well as in MEST.
MEDs and schools have stated that these teams are already established in their institutions. However, the practical functionality of these teams is not at the adequate level. As a result, the cases that are identified are mainly handled outside the PRTAN mechanisms.
Identification of school dropout cases is mainly done by the teachers in schools. The identification of these cases is also done by the CSOs that deal with issues of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities and school dropouts. Mostly, CSOs manage to identify school dropout cases from grading reports, where students who drop out of school are reported as ungraded. The issue of reporting, referral and handling these cases remains problematic.
Information gathered in the field shows that there are cases, who are not reported for school dropout. There are also cases that are reported late as school dropout. As a consequence, these cases generally end with the loss of the school year. In the meantime, identification of non-enrolled cases at school is mainly done by CSOs.
Despite the existence of a specific module in EMIS, called the Early Warning System (EWS), registration of cases in this system is extremely minimal and no overview on the status of school nonenrollment, school dropout and the risk for school dropout can be provided.