Roma Versitas Kosovo Program

The main goal of the program is to increase the retention rate and academic capacities of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian university students. The project aims to improve the retention, performance and graduation levels of at least 40 Roma Ashkali and Egyptian full-time tertiary students in Kosovo by providing them with academic skills.

Target group and beneficiaries

The core target groups of the project are Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian university students. The project also will offer an opportunity to non-Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian students. During the project period, min 40 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian university students are expected to benefit from the RV assistance offered, min 40 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian students are to receive tutoring assistance, at least 15 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian high school graduates/freshmen students are expected to receive non-formal peer mentoring, 60 students are expected to participate in 6 thematic academic workshops/training (40 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian and 20 non-Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian students), 20 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian students attend foreign language and 20 students’ computer courses;

 

Program Development Objectives

The main program objective is to increase the retention rate and personal capacities of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian university students.  It will support students to complete their University studies through tackling the challenges of low study and career prospects of students enrolled into Kosovo universities (both Albanian and Serbian).

Compulsory project components are:

  • Establishment of the Advisory Board, Roma Versitas Student Resource Center and Library:

In sum, the objective of the Component 1 is to establish a fully functional AB, create a RV student resource centre (furnished facility with necessary technical and material equipment) and to establish a library with most common books used by students.

  •  Roma Versitas Student Resource Centers (RVSRC) and Library

Roma Versitas Student Resource Centers (RVSRC) and Library enrichment and maintenance in Prishtina, Prizren, and Peja. As a result of this work package, resources available to students will increase, and to the Prishtina based resource center will be added 200 titles and other academic texts. 

  • Academic tutoring scheme;

The objective of Component 2 is to improve the retention, performance and graduation levels among at least 40 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian full-time tertiary students (Kosovo Albanian and Serbian administered Universities) in Kosovo through provision of academic tutoring.

  •  Provision of Mentoring Services:

The group mentoring for freshmen students will be carried out by mediators. Under close supervision of KAAD Executive Director, the technical coordination of the activity implementation will be carried out by RV Kosovo Program Coordinator and Program Officer.

 

Optional project components will include:

  • Provision of academic development services;

The objective of component 4 is to ensure supplementary academic support to advance the students’ learning capacities. It will help up to 60 full-time students (40 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian and 20 non- Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian) tertiary students in Kosovo to acquire academic skills necessary for their successful professional development and managing in any sphere of life.

  • Provision of Stipends Supporting the Living Cost;

Provision of Stipends Supporting the Living Cost for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian students aims to cover the school-related expenses such as textbooks, exam fees, and partially living expenses (accommodation, food and transport). The call for applications will be launched Kosovo wide.  The beneficiaries will be selected by using tested methodology and criteria. Among other, two main criteria shall be: the student is a regular student of the Faculty; he/she shall study in a public university only. 

  • Student Initiatives and Projects- SIP:

The objective of component 5 is to to support up to 40 full-time Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian tertiary students in Kosovo to further expand, express, and exchange their academic knowledge and skills in their fields of studies as well as to raise policy issues tackling Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian students or the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities by providing them with small grants to conduct researches and/or debates and discussions.

The Roma Versitas Program is funded by Roma Education Fund (REF) and Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF).

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