Actual projects

 

TOY FOR INCLUSION

Overall goal: to combat segregation of Romani young children and families, and enhance social cohesion through community based inclusive Early Childhood Education & Care (ECEC) services. The project also aims to improve the transition experience of Romani children to schools.
 
This project promotes the active involvement of Romani and non-Romani communities in ECEC services, through the development of toy libraries and intergenerational learning (IGL). Toy libraries are a successful approach to overcome segregation, provide access to quality non formal ECEC services that improve transition experience to formal education and build the capacity of parents. The project will organise IGL activities within toy libraries. IGL activities involve different age groups, including young children and senior adults, learning together and learning from each other. Previous research demonstrated that such activities challenge stereotypes and all involved experience the values of solidarity, respect and acceptance of the ‘other’. Discrimination against the very young and older adults is challenged.
 

Activities

 

  • 1. Training on community-based ECEC initiatives, to promote inclusion in formal and non-formal ECEC settings;
  • 2. Pilot actions (toy library and IGL activities);
  • 3. ‘What Works Guide’ with recommendations for practitioners and local authorities to implement community based ECEC for Romani and non-Romani children;
  • 4. Knowledge sharing and dissemination among local, national and international stakeholders and policy makers.

 

Creative Art Workshops – 9th year

Donor: Government Office of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava
 
Content of the project:
 

  • Creative workshops for adults – folklore, organizational and methodical service for the creation and realization of artistic events, the basics of choreography of Roma dances, women’s dance, dance of men, youth dance games, practice of songs, customs and traditions;
  • Creative workshops dedicated to the ancestors;
  • Children’s creative workshops – Merry music, dances and songs;
  • Preparation and realization of musical and musical-dramatic performances, non-traditional techniques and activities leading to self-discovery, developing creative abilities, developing the ability of expression, communication and social skills;
  • Elements of pantomime, dramatic etudes, work with voice, rhythm, relaxation techniques, combination of artistic and musical expressions with movement.
  • Creation workshops – traditional Roma crafts, presentation of traditional Roma crafts by their individual representatives – blacksmithing, pottery, basketry, woodworking, torture, production of musical instruments;
  • History of Roma – Discovering the history of Roma through fairy tales and stories about the ancestry of today’s Roma, their arrival in Europe, major events. learning the most prominent personalities and literary works.
  • The Autumn Creative Workshop – Autumn in the Colors of Roma – by the eyes of Roma children.

 
 

RECI + STUDY

Donor: Open Society Foundation, Bratislava
 
Study Objective: Provide a detailed picture of policies and framework arrangements for early care and pre-school education, identifying barriers and opportunities to improve Roma children’s access to appropriate and quality early childhood education and care. Ensure that information and data on the exclusion of Roma children from early childhood care and pre-primary education are available to decision-makers and other key stakeholders, to make recommendations for a comprehensive childcare system, to provide information and arguments for advocacy in early childhood.
 
Character of the study: This series of RECI studies is the second round of reports in Central and Eastern Europe to capture and systematically present the situation of Romani children in pre-school age. By examining the available data, each RECI report identifies priority issues at the political level of pre-school education for Romani children.
 

NGO Capacity Development

Donor: Open Society Foundations, Early Childhood Program, London, UK
Content of the project:
The project aims to continue the support from INTRAC and the Slovak Fundraising Centre, in order to strengthen the organizational capacity of the organization through medium-term development activities:
 
• Designing measures to improve the organization’s organizational strategy;
• Education of employees and associates of the organization in the field of access to European Union funds and project management;
• Improving organization governance and leadership;
• Improving public relations.

 
 

Peer Learning Activity

Donor: International Step by Step Association, Leiden, The Netherlands
 
Content of the project:
With the participation of partner organizations from the International Step by Step Association, specifically partners from Ukraine, Slovenia and Croatia, our organization organized a meeting and a study visit aimed at exchanging experiences between partners and presenting the results of the Roma Confident Parents project. In addition to a workshop on Roma and their origins, we visited community centers and kindergartens in the villages of Jarovnice, Chminianske Jakubovany and Spissky Hrhov. The participants also participated in educational activities for Roma parents and Roma children at an early age.

 
 

ERASMUS+ project: KHETAUN (TOGETHER): With Key Steps to Inclusion of Romani Children into Quality Early Childhood Programmes

The project is based on various research supported results, that quality early childhood education and the inclusion of children from disadvantaged groups in high-quality preschool programs is one of the key protective factors that predict success of children in further education as well as later. Because of specific of target population and the complexity of the Roma issue, educators must be equipped with special tools and strategies that enable them to successfully integrate Romani children in their classrooms.

The aim of our project is: on the basis of past experiences of partner organizations, to develop a comprehensive model that includes both work with children, parents and the local community and help raise awareness among educators of their implicit theories, which are often an obstacle to the successful implementation of innovations.
 
The target groups in our project are administrators and professionals in preschools (preschool teachers, counselors etc.), Romani parents and children, representatives of the Romani community, representatives of local organizations and other members of the local community.
 
Activities in the project will be based on the implementation of four different courses, which will cover four key pillars necessary for the successful integration of Romani children in preschools and the development of linguistic, cultural and developmentally appropriate multilingual materials for children. Trainings will be primarily carried out on an international level, and later they will be implemented by partner organizations at the national level for preschools and other key persons directly involved in the implementation of the project. At the national level, partner organizations will monitor progress of project implementation through regular monthly monitoring.
 
Among others, the project will create guidelines for policy makers at the national and European level, which will open up possibilities for dialogue and systematically address the issue of integration of Romani children in preschool education.
 
PARTNERS
 
Leading organisation
Developmental Research Center for Pedagogical Initiatives Step by Step at the Educational research Institute, Slovenia
 
Partners
Center for Education Initiatives, Latvia
Škola dokorán – wide open school n.o.
Člověk v tísni, Czech Republic
 
DURATION OF THE PROJECT
1.10. 2015 – 30. 9. 2017
 
More info: www.facebook.com/khetaun

 

Council of Europe, Strasbourg – ROMED2/ROMACT

  • Administrative contract is supported with the aim to carry out activities that are focusing on the intercultural mediation, the establishment of community action groups, 16 national and regional training courses in areas such as access to EU funds, project management, intercultural policies and practices, governance in multicultural environments, etc.
  • The very important part of this initiative is to define needs in communities with the presence of marginalized Roma communities, creating of community action plans on education, employment, health, housing and human rights, community organizing and capacity building of local governments.

More info: www.coe-romact.org