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.

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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

Sabancı University Egitim Reformu Girisimi – Turkey 

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.

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  • Lida Kita

    I am interested to know more about this regional project and to be connected with counterparts. Thank you very much Lida Kita

    • nepc

      Dear Lida,

      Thank you for your interest in the ARISE project!

      The project is in the phase of establishing collaborations between partners’ organisations in the countries and grassroots organisations. Together, they will design and implement actions that will strength the integration of students into community life and that will raise awareness of local stakeholders on the impact of lower socioeconomic status on children’s educational and personal development.

      The participating organisations will be soon announced on the recently published project website ( and more information on their actions will also be shared on this channel.

      If you have not yet, we invite you to follow also ARISE Facebook page ( and ARISE Twitter account ( for further updates.

      Kind regards,
      NEPC team

  • Fatmira Myteberi

    Great Project!
    It was about the time to tackle the poverty as one of the main factor in educational results.
    The regional collaboration and the wide network of organizations involved can guarantee great results.
    The best of luck for the good of our children and our countries!

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