Access to early childhood education for Roma children in Sofia

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Country/partner countries

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
Equal Opportunities Initiative Association
kv. „Fakulteta”,
3 „313” StreetnSofia
1373 Bulgaria
00 359 (2) 8 22 11 44
00 359 (2) 928 40 17

Project information – start and end date (if available)
Start date: 07.2010.
End date: 05.2011
Duration: 11 Months

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
Less than 10% of the Roma children in Sofia are enrolled in Kindergarten and pre-school. To increase the enrolment and the attendance rate for the Roma children in Sofia in the preschool education years, facilitating their enrolment in kinder gardens and primary schools, which provides education to preschool groups. Establishment of relationships and agreement with the Sofia Municipality program (ISKG) and to assist the Roma families with internet registration. To establish relationships with the primary schools, popularize their profiles within the Roma settlements and facilitate the access of Roma children to the pre-school groups. To organize summer campaign in the Roma neighbourhoods and release information for the compulsory pre-school education. To list Roma children, age 5 and 6 and to facilitate their enrolment in the pre-school groups in schools and kinder gardens, providing the necessary support for the collection of the documents required. To assist to children with difficulties with additional lessons and support

Results of the project
365 children registered in the system. 180 children enrolled in kindergarten. 120 childen supported with school materials.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
All beneficiaries: 750
Roma beneficiaries: 750
Roma participation:
Needs assessment
Decision making
Implementation - management