Actions in 25 schools reducing inequalities in education – the ARISE project
Research shows that poverty affects cognitive development of children more than factors such as parents’ education or parents’ cognitive abilities. Poor and low SES children perform significantly worse than their middle-class peers on many indicators of academic success such as: test scores, grade retention, course failures, high school graduation rate, high school dropout rate and completed years of schooling.
The ARISE – Action for Reducing Inequalities in Education – project is a platform created by a pool of NEPC members NGOs and research institutes from Western Balkans and Turkey (IPA countries) that will support schools, grassroots organisations and policy makers in developing actions and policies aimed at mitigating the effect of low socio-economic status on students’ achievement, reducing inequalities in education.
25 schools will receive support to implement a 2-year school development programme, based on whole school approach and mentoring, to reduce disparities of poverty. Consortium members will support schools to develop sustainable practices in that direction, including school staff training, school projects, school policies, community involvement.
Within the project, NEPC will lead the policy outreach and advocacy: in each IPA beneficiary country, at least one grassroots organisation will be selected to partner in the project and national coalitions of stakeholders working on poverty and exclusion issues will be established. Also, regional policy lab, a series of national events and an international conference will be organised.
The project foresees the following results:
- social mechanisms and institutional effects related to inequality identified at national and regional level
- increased awareness among policy makers and educational stakeholders on the effect of SES on schooling and well-being of children
- local grassroots organisations empowered for advocacy and project design
- impact of poverty on school achievement and overall well-being of low SES students in 25 schools alleviated
The project started in April 2020 and it will last for 4 years. More information is available on the project website.
Kosova Education Center (project leader) – Kosovo
Network of Education Policy Centers – Croatia
Children Are the Future – Albania
Centre for Education Policy – Serbia
proMENTE social research – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Centre for Educational Initiatives Step by Step – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives “Step by Step” – North Macedonia
The project is funded by the EuropeAid program of the European Union.