Kids at Risk: Stories from the Caucasus

Date: 
February 3, 2011 - 17:30 - 19:00
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Room: 
Gellner Room
Event type: 
Event audience: 
Presenter(s): 
Natasha Yefimov (journalist)
Presenter(s): 
Olena Sydorenko (ESP- OSI)
Organizer(s): 
Open Society Foundations
CEU host unit(s): 
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
CEU host unit(s): 
Human RightS Initiative (HRSI)
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Kids at Risk: Stories from the Caucasus

Events since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union have led to social dislocation and violent conflict in the region. Children from vulnerable groups (refugees, street children, children from impoverished families etc.) often receive little or no education, and those who are enrolled in schools tend to leave the education system early. Big numbers of dropouts from school present a new reality for the region. Providing access to high quality education for all children is the single most important thing that we can do to ensure long-term development, justice and security in the Caucasus.

In 2007 the Open Society Foundations' Educational Support Program launched the Educational Cooperation Across the Caucasus Initiative to improve access to education for marginalized children. The project united teachers, children, parents and local NGOs in four Caucasus countries. OSI's Education Support Program's publication, Kids Across the Caucasus, showcases the work of a two-year long project. The stories in this book demonstrate that caring and commonsense efforts to help children recover from crisis yield results even in conflict-affected environments.

Meet people who were actively involved in the project. If you're additionally interested in volunteer opportunities, come talk with the journalist and researcher.

A reception will follow the event.