Kosovo has 346,000 students, slightly more than 1000 of whom have been officially identified with special needs. Those identified are studying in special classes in regular schools, called attached classes, or in special schools. An estimated 10,000 children do not attend school. The large majority of these, 7000, are estimated to be children with special needs. They represent 13% of the entire estimated true population of children with
special needs in Kosovo. Over 40,000 children with significant learning problems study in regular classes, but their needs have not been identified and as a rule have not been met.
Programs to alleviate this situation exist but are being implemented too slowly. The major reasons for this are conservatism in economic and social thinking. This report recommends using unconventional methods to speed the process up and approach reasonable inclusive education over the next ten years.
This report aims to identify the needs of children who are systematically excluded from the educational system and to provide relevant actors with recommendations in order to move towards full inclusion of every child in the educational system.