Award Organisation of the 2017 for the Protection of Children

The Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth (MSWY) (respectively the State Agency for the Protection of Children’s Rights, SAPCR)  and UNICEF- Albania on 31st of May in Tirana officially selected “the Organisation of the year 2017 for the Protection of Children”.
Τhis year, the team of ARSIS – Albania Branch was selected as the winning organisation for its commitment and outstanding achievements in  protection of children in Albania.
As per this award, a specialist of ARSIS will attend a set of regional training in a pool of child protection specialists.
The Chairperson of SAPCR Mrs. Ina Verzivolli and the Mayor of Tirana Mr. Erion Veliaj delivered this award to Mr. Zini Kore,  Country Representative of ARSIS – Albania Branch. 

PRESS RELEASE: Intercultural Adolescent Meeting in Edessa

The Youth Support Centre of ARSIS NGO visits today (27/4) the city of Edessa for an intercultural meeting of adolescents, in order to promote the collaboration and solidarity between people without discriminations.

More specifically, this year, 28 students from the 1st High School of Edessa, 21 students from the Insitut Can Puig of Sant Perede Ribes of Catalonia and 8 students from the Özel Gökçeada Rum Ortaokulve Lisesi of Imvros are implementing an innovative project on the eTwinning online learning platform entitled “Contemporary Odysseus”. The aim of the project is the students from Greece, Spain and Turkey to investigate, raise and answer questions regarding the immigration phenomenon and the refugee crisis in Europe. As part of this program, the Youth Support Centre sets up a Park with wooden toys and constructions in the city’s Environmental Park, aiming at the interaction and acquaintance of the teenagers participating in the “Contemporary Odysseys” project with the teenagers hosted in Shelters for Unaccompanied Minors of ARSIS. The event involves 70 teenagers from Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Greece, Turkey and Spain, who dedicate four hours of playing in order to prove that communication is much more than a common language.

Organizing the supporting network for social integration and empowerment of minor refugees and their families in the Thessaloniki area

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ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth implements the project “Organizing the supporting network for social integration and empowerment of minor refugees and their families in the Thessaloniki area” in collaboration with ASB (Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund), funded by the German Federal Foreign Ministry – GFM. The implementation period is from 01/02/2017 to 31/05/2018 and the project aims at organizing supporting activities for refugee children, youth and their families through the operation of a Youth Support Centre (YSC), on the 1st floor at 40 Ptolemeon street, Thessaloniki.  

The Youth Support Centre (YSC) is an existing structure of ARSIS that adopts a holistic approach in the child protection sector.

The activities of the Youth Support Centre are supported by a Social Service, a programme of Educational Support and Recreational Activities, beneficiaries’ Administrative Support and Support in Kind (NFIs and FIs). For the approach of the beneficiaries ARSIS also uses the methodological tools of Street Work and Mobile School.

The Youth Support Centre also organizes an awareness raising campaign for Human Rights at Thessaloniki Public Schools, aiming at the smooth refugees’ integration and the information of teachers, students and Parents Associations.

Libya: Focus on anti-smuggling policies and cooperation with Libyan authorities will expose people to ill-treatment and arbitrary detention

Over 70 organisations send letter to EU heads of state and EU policymakers expressing concern about proposed EU cooperation with Libya

The decision to transfer the responsibility for managing migratory movements along the central Mediterranean route to Libya will neither reduce human rights abuses, nor end smuggling. Instead, it will significantly increase harm and suffering.

EU plans will exacerbate arrests and detention of migrants in Libya and increase exposure to severe human rights abuses.

The UN-backed government in Tripoli has only a limited and precarious hold on power, competing with a variety of other actors. The EU itself describes Libya as ‘unsafe’ and systematic violence towards refugees and migrants has been widely documented. Multiple reports of human rights groups have described the grave, harrowing conditions in Libya: rape, torture, executions, and other sufferings. Our organizations have documented prolonged arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment in the very centres where refugees and migrants are detained after being intercepted at sea by Libyan entities performing coastguard activities.