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Estonia supports the improvement of the situation of children in South Caucasus countries and Belarus


Within the framework of development cooperation, the foreign ministry supports activities to prevent the mistreatment of children in Armenia and to improve the quality of education for children with little or no parental care.

Foreign minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia would like to support Armenian civil society through development cooperation. “One essential area is children and ensuring their education, since they are the most defenceless and most vulnerable societal group,” Paet said. “Armenia educators and psychologists are being trained in the areas of child abuse and human trafficking issues through projects supported by Estonia and the teaching of children with little or no parental care is being individualized by using modern information and telecommunication technology methods,” he added.

The foreign ministry is supporting the Estonian Women's Studies and Resource Centre’s project for the prevention and reduction of child abuse in Armenia with 86 299 euros. Children make up 27 percent of the Armenian population and various forms of child abuse are a considerable and widespread problem in the country. Armenia has a huge shortage of trained psychologists and social workers, and their training is one of the goals of the Estonian Women's Studies and Resource Centre’s project. In addition to raising the awareness of children, as part of the project social workers, psychologists and pedagogues are also being made aware of child abuse online.

The Estonian Foreign Ministry also supports the International SOS Children's Villages’ (SOS Kinderdorf International Coordination Centre’s) project to enhance international development cooperation to improve the quality of education for children with little or no parental care in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus. Estonian experts will offer training in these countries and provide support for the development of a child-centred learning system. Children living in SOS Children's Villages often have problems acquiring education, since it is not individualized enough, and does not provide support in accordance to their educational needs. The Estonian education system has been effective in individualising teaching and implementing support systems for students needing additional help and therefore successful educational solutions and models which have been developed will be presented in the aforementioned countries during the course of the project.

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