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Actual school enrolment rates are significantly lower than official figures indicate. Two-thirds of primary schools have students in different grades taught in the same class.
Roma children and students with special needs face challenges in access to education. Girls frequently drop out of school to marry early.
HIV/AIDS still carries a stigma, making people reluctant to acknowledge that it is a problem. Confidential counselling and testing services are scant.
Thousands of peacekeepers remain stationed in Kosovo, where the UN is closely involved in government of the region. Because half of Kosovo’s population is under age 25, efforts on behalf of children are vital to its future. Kosovo has become a hub of child trafficking between Eastern and Western Europe.