Pristina is the capital and the economic, financial, political and trade centre of Kosovo. Being the largest city by area and population in the country, Pristina is home to around 210,000 people.
While in some ways, life has improved for many children in Kosovo, there are still many challenges. The area is reported to have one of the most dangerous pollution levels in Europe, which is thought to have contributed to thousands of premature deaths.
Since 2004, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Pristina.
With around 20% of the population of Kosovo facing poverty, and 5% extreme poverty, even in urban areas, children often have to contribute to family income.
At least 11% of children are involved in work, including 7% in hazardous environments.
Child labour robs children of their childhood. Balancing work and school has a negative impact on educational attainment, either resulting in under performance or dropping out early, which has long-term negative effects on their future opportunities.
Lack of safety at home and school: Over 60% of children aged 1-14 are reported to have suffered from psychological and physical violence. However, cases of violence against children often go unreported.
In addition, children also consider peer violence and bullying a normal part of their life at school.
The impacts of violence on children can be profound, leaving them with a range of both physical and emotional harm. This has significant consequences on their academic achievement, health, and well-being.