Roma mediators - the bridge for the community (GRUNDTVIG)

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Country/partner countries

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
Roma institute n.o.

Project information – start and end date (if available)
2013 - present

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
The International Programme for Roma mediators - Most of the community (Roma mediators - Bridge for the Communities), which was coordinated by the Romany Institute in Slovakia. The strengthening of Roma mediators in Europe and the creation of an international platform for the exchange of experience and good practices between school mediators and the Roma community.

This programme should provide a platform for the exchange of Roma educational assistants and coaches (in some countries it is institutionalized in others they only act as volunteers and activists), to learn from one another about the methodology, processes and tools used in favour of providing quality services for Roma communities and institutions. It should also offer a better understanding of the relationship between the migration patterns of eastern Europe to the west and the integration of Roma communities. The selection of partners who should cooperate on this project was based on the flow of Roma migrants from one country to another.

Results of the project
In 2013 the Romany Institute, N. O. He organized a meeting of partner organizations in Slovakia (April 2013, Košice, Čičava). Part of the meetings were in addition to the workshop and meetings and discussions with teachers' assistants, respectively. community centers with staff who are engaged in similar activities as assistants in schools and visit the village Jarovnice, a community center in Lunik IX in Kosice and visit pastoral and formation center in Čičava.

Slovak mediators and educational assistants took part in a similar meeting with the partners in Edirne (8 participants, Nov. 2013, Edirne, Turkey), where they gained knowledge and experience from the partners - in the elementary school in Edirne, Social Assistance Centre or meetings with local mayors.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
The partnership is focused on the adults from Roma communities who work or are in the process of the integration of Roma communities, involved as mediators in schools.

Sources of funding
The programme is implemented through an international Grundtvig grant under the European Lifelong Learning Programme (Lifelong Learning Programme, LLP 2007-2013). Grundtvig aims at European cooperation in the field of adult education, the teaching and learning needs of those in all forms of adult education, i.e. for persons aged over 16, in addition to full-time students at secondary schools and universities. The European Commission provides through Grundtvig funding (grants) for the mobility of persons working in the field of adult education and project activities to institutions that provide or promote adult education.

The European Commission through the Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation (SAIAC) through the National Agency Lifelong Learning Programme.