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RomABC goes Europe! Entwicklung innovativer Instrumente zur Bekämpfung des funktionalen Analphabetismus von Roma in Europa
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Whe nyo ur eadt hi ste xty ouk no whow itfe elsi fyo uc ann otr eadp rop er ly." (source of the German text: "Grundbildung in Europa: Projekte und Perspektiven", NA BIBB). According to UNESCO, an estimated number of 73 million adult Europeans are considered as functional illiterates. This is equal to 1/5 of the employable population aged 18 to 64 years. In the partner countries of the project this concerns totally 13.8 million adults. According to experts the share of functional illiterates among adult Roma there is 40 to 60 per cent. Comparibly high is the share among the 25 to 40 year old Roma. Thus, often functional illiteracy is the reason for the hindered access of Roma to education and employment. It also hinders the maintenance or increasing of their employability. In the partner countries alphabetisation measures are offered nationwide for the majority population and partially for migrants, but not particularly for Roma. This is necessary to consider their special needs in the improvement of their reading and writing skills. Existing offers lack co-ordination and interdisciplinary co-operation in the planning and implementation. Binding respectively uniform quality standards are completely missing. Therefore, the development of basis curricula for the increasing of literacy of adult Roma as well as the modification of quality standards applied in the Free State Saxony for alphabetisation measures funded by the ESF and the elaboration and implementation of co-ordination concpets for alphabetisation measures are in the centre of our project. The created products will be tested in practise and optimised. In an according training, adult education experts will be enabled to use them for the first time already during the project. "RomABC goes Europe!" will be realised by partners from Germany, Hungary, Romania and Portugal and aims particularly at the reduction of the number of functional illiterates among adult Roma, the improvement of their employability and the increasing of their participation in adult education measures. With that, the project contributes concretely to the implementation of the EU Framework for national strategies for the integration of Roma until 2020 and the national strategies of the partner countries as part of the Europe 2020 strategy including the European Agenda Adult Learning, particularly the increasing of the employment rate and the reduction of the number of Roma concerned by poverty and social exclusion.

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