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Kosovo: Peer educators facilitate the social integration of returned migrant children

2017-11-15

In Kosovo, Terre des hommes supports the reintegration of returned migrants through a series of initiatives, including through peer-to-peer education. We empower young people to become peer educators to help their colleagues integrate at school.

At the beginning of November, we held a training for 30 students coming from the municipalities of Prishtina, Podujeve, Fushe Kosove, Vushtrri, MitrovicedheFerizaj. The training was based on the “Movements, Games and Sport” methodology, that integrates three important dimensions: the psycho (head/mind), the physical (body movement), and the emotional (heart). This methodology supports children’s psychosocial development and well-being.

During the training, the students developed their personal, social, technical, and methodological skills and gained a better understanding of the objectives of psycho-social activities, and their planning and implementation. They learned relevant theoretical and practical concepts in areas such as perception and action, communication and active listening, resilience and resources of a person, as well as leadership and group leading.

Young people learned by doing – they actively engaged in games that aim to promote inclusive participation and emotional expression and management. This practical approach helped them strengthen their psycho-social capacities.

In the following months, the training participants will set up peer-educator groups within their schools. “I am very enthusiastic to pass the gained skills to my colleagues, through organizing various psycho-social activities”, tells us D.V, a student from “Selman Riza” primary school in Fushe Kosove. By means of these activities, we support and facilitate the reintegration and socialization of returned migrant children and of marginalized groups.