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A bridge between cultures: a method on the necessary policies and strategies for Roma students and their parents inclusion in Educational Systems
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The situation of Roma children in the Union is particularly worrying and the social exclusion of Roma children is often linked to low participation in early childhood education and care as well as higher education, and to elevated school drop-out rates. The project aims to address measures to promote Roma students’ development as an entry point for fostering the sustained social inclusion of Roma students in the participating nations. Above all, involving together Roma students and parents representatives, regional and local authorities, stakeholders and NGOs the project aims to focus on how we can together create appropriate policies, enforce their implementation and monitor their progress. Our target group will be Roma community and inside it: Roma teenagers; Roma teenagers' families; Schools with Roma people: students and teachers; Roma mediators; Roma teaching assistants; Associations and organizations involved in social work with the Roma community. The project will explore the situation of Roma students and their parents inclusion in the consortium’s nations, the problems with which they face: it will outline the policies implemented at national and EU level; it will highlight how to take effective measures to ensure equal treatment and full access for Roma boys and girls to quality and mainstream education and it will create and test an inclusive and tailor-made model about teaching and learning methods, including learning support for struggling learners and measures to fight illiteracy. The model will increase the access to, and quality of, students’ education and care; reduce early school leaving throughout all levels of education, including at secondary level and vocational training; consider the needs of individual pupils and address those accordingly, in close cooperation with their families; encourage greater parental involvement. In order to achieve its aims the project partners will use a bottom up approach, based on their direct experiences in the field in order to develop best practice based strategies to answer to the identified problems and establish a fruitful cooperation among all of the subjects playing a role. We’ll design a model of intervention that foster the integration of this collective group, and we’ll realize: didactic laboratories; practical activities; teacher trainings; Workshops and Roundtables on Improving Roma Collective Awareness in Education and exploring the problem of Roma failure and dropping out; a guide about “Practice What You Preach: innovative didactic and guidance methodologies Roma students and their parents inclusion in Educational Systems”; a guide about “Roma’s school failure and dropping out: A School for tomorrow’s Europe”.
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