Sisak Colourful Summer
An increasing need for the better integration of Roma pre-schoolers into the local community prior to starting school along with the need to learn Croatian has been recognised in Sisak. Children from Roma families are among the most disadvantaged because of poverty and social exclusion, while their lack of competency in Croatian makes it difficult for them to understanding the school curriculum.
Sisak Colourful Summer has gathered a number of local institutions and organisations to provide free educational and recreational activities for some 150 Roma and non-Roma preschool children in the settlements of Caprag and Capraške Poljane, the suburban area of Sisak most seriously affected by poverty, social exclusion and unemployment.
The goal of the project is to encourage socialisation and enable the more successful inclusion of pre-schoolers into primary education, which is a prerequisite for their subsequent equal participation in society.
One of the most valuable results of this project has been the gathering together of local authorities and institutions, Roma community leaders, non-governmental organisations and experts around a common goal: to create equal opportunities for all children to attend and complete their education and therefore add benefit of the entire community.
The UNICEF supported Sisak Colourful Summer project is organised by the Town of Sisak, the kindergarten Sisak Novi, the association Our Children Sisak and the Local Democracy Agency Sisak.