Secondary School Education in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to Contribute to the prevention of Trafficking in Persons
Secondary School Education in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to Contribute to the prevention of Trafficking in Persons is a regional project conducted by IOM in partnership with local NGOs in respective countries. AUNA has been selected as a partner NGO for this project in Armenia.
The project aims at developing and distributing educational materials to increase the understanding of the dangers of trafficking in persons, realities of migration and awareness of available preventive support mechanisms among secondary school students, teachers and parents in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Teachers will be trained to understand the risks of trafficking and be able to transfer this knowledge to colleagues and students between ages of 15 to 17. This regional project intends to enhance the capacities of the Ministries of Education of the three target countries. To ensure the sustainability of the project, IOM and its partners will build the capacity of key officials within the target Ministries of Education to produce and integrate an educational kit on trafficking in the national secondary schools curriculum of the three target countries. The Government and the non-governmental partners will be involved in the design, development, training and evaluation of the project. The program will be implemented within two years (November 2008- October 2010). It is projected that, at the end of the project 20 percent of all secondary schools and institutions will be targeted.
The primary target groups of this project are students (of both sexes) of secondary schools aged 15 to 17, their teachers and parents. Another important group is the key education officials, who will contribute to the combat of the trafficking, discuss ways to include trafficking in the curriculum and be the co-coordinator after the project is concluded. The project will put special attention on ethnic minorities. Another important target group is the youth and drop-outs; they will be addressed through orphanages and boarding schools, and NGOs working with children who for various reasons can not attend school.