On May 28th, a very important training took place in Kukes. This training was in line with the project “Capacity Building and Mechanisms for Identification and Protection of Migrant Groups in the Western Balkans – Stage III”, organized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Persons, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This training was also in collaboration with members of the Regional Committee and the Anti-Trafficking Technical Roundtable, border police officers and the Local Police Directorate, and representatives from the county council. The municipality, social services, and non-public organizations operating in the county are all needed to collaborate together to increase the capacities for identifying, referring, protecting and assisting vulnerable groups in migratory flows.
In this training, MWL was represented by MWL Social Worker of Tropoja, Lulzime Gjyriqi, sharing the work of the Foundation Against Human Trafficking. She also shared with the table members the MWL research on migration, “Beyond the Borders”, launched in April 2019.
Participants showed much interest in the study’s results regarding migration.
In the last two months of April and May, MWL has developed 9 awareness activities against human trafficking in 6 different cities of Albania.
These sessions were held in secondary schools according to the following tables:
a) Table of activities developed on awareness-raising sessions: Trafficking of Human Beings:
b) Table of awareness raising sessions developed: Impact of Social Media and Online Trafficking:
Below are some photos during the awareness sessions:
Fuat Babani, Bilisht
Petro Nini Luarasi, Erseke
Spiro Gjiknuri, Himare
Deshmoret e Pojskes, Udenisht
The methodology used for the realization of these sessions was non-formal through various engaging videos, visual images, and exercises to reflect and stimulate critical thinking about the information and phenomenon. These tools and teaching strategies allowed the young people to be interactive with the material during the 45-minute sessions.
Young people were informed about the phenomenon of human trafficking and modern slavery, the causes of this phenomenon in our society, how they can identify the signs of a potentially dangerous situation, and social media as one of the most widespread forms of online recruitment for victims of trafficking and exploitation.
327 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 participated in these sessions.
Prepared by Artemisa Aliaj.
Last week, MWL Youth traveled to Saranda for training sessions on raising awareness of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. The trainings were held in 2 gymnasiums in the city. The general gymnasium, “Hasan Tahsini”, has been cooperating with MWL for 4 years now. We always feel welcome in their school. The second gymnasium, “Anton Thanasi”, is at a school where one of the teachers asked for our services specifically on this topic, through the contacts on the foundation web site. We are delighted that schools and their leaders recognize the need for raising awareness against this phenomenon for their students, whose age makes them more vulnerable to being at risk of it.
In collaboration with “La Casa Nel Cuore” social center, we conducted a different kind of training on trafficking in human beings and modern slavery.
Participants in this training were students of Social Work at the Masters level. The training was different because the students were already informed about trafficking and modern slavery; We focused most on the Albanian human trafficking situation, including the referral mechanisms in Albania, and what they can do as future social workers to identify and prevent this phenomena in our society.
This month the ANYN network has hosted two introductory meetings with the Dutch Embassy and the German Embassy.
The purpose of these meetings was to gain recognition with international diplomatic representatives of the ANYN network, the network’s goals, why it exists, activities, results achieved, and how the embassies can assist in the ANYN goal of improving the lives of Albanian youth.
After listening to the presentation by each member of the ANYN steering committee, each of the embassies offered possible cooperation space and how it could help ANYN.
The Dutch Embassy explained that its purpose is to monitor and facilitate Albania’s process of introducing European Unity. They also fund projects with different NGOs in Albania depending on their priorities.
Concretely for young people, they have been running a project in collaboration with Terres des Hommes for juveniles prisoners .
Some of the Dutch Embassy’s priorities are:
For more info about grants, please click on the MATRA program link for Albania:
Representatives of the Dutch Embassy: Ms.Egla Mitre.
Another meeting also took place with the Ambassador of the German Embassy, Ms. Susanne Schütz and head of the Culture and Press, Mr. Enrico Gunther,.
Ms. Ambassador voiced full support for the network and Mr. Gunther said that if we had concept notes for different projects, they could be sent to Mr Enrico’s contacts and will be reviewed by his department.
Enrico Gunther email : email@example.com
The next meeting with the ANYN steering committee was made for the Youth Law.
The Draft Youth Law issued by ANYN through focus groups with young people and drafted with CRCA assistance was provided to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to integrate it with the Draft Law that the MASR experts are drafting, as there are direct thoughts and needs incoming from young people. The MASR did not consider this law drafted by ANYN. ANYN will bring this draft law to the Albanian Parliament with CRCA through MP Ms. Nora Malaj.
Another issue discussed at the meeting was the vote on CRCA’s request to the parliament to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 years old. The committee, after reviewing the argument, decided not to join CRCA on this request and disagreed on reducing the age of voters to 16.
The next meeting of the Steering Committee will be on November 10th, 2018 for the drafting of the 2 year strategic plan of the network.