A Good Start

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Country/partner countries

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
Roma Education Fund


00 36 1 235 80 30

Project information – start and end date (if available)
Start Date: 04.07.2010

End Date: 04.07.2012

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
It supported nearly 4,000 Roma and non-Roma children ages zero to seven to access early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in 16 locations in four countries. "Transportation was provided for altogether 89 AGS beneficiary children (SK: 1, RO: 17, MAC: 71, HU: 0) and 88 children were accompanied (SK: 1, RO: 17, MAC: 71, HU: 0) to and from pre-school in FYR Macedonian, Romanian and Slovakian localities. " Given the lack of facilities, small adaptations were made of pre-school classrooms in Shuto Orizari and Delchevo in FYR Macedonia, and new facilities were built in Vinica and Crnik in FYR Macedonia creating opportunity for almost 150 children to access kindergarten education through these interventions. In the Hungarian urban locality, Nyíregyháza AGS provided support for the all-Roma kindergarten in the segregated Guszev community to develop the educational environment and equipment for 210 chi. Alternative community-based ECEC services in Community Centres have been developed in the community centers of isolated communities in Romania involving 190 children during the two years of AGS. Home-based services were promoted for 45 children where existing facilities were insufficient to accommodate all children in Slovakia. Different activities have been tested to facilitate transition to primary school for Roma children. 26 Open house events were organized in Slovakian pre-schools and primary schools for more than 100 participants; 38 children benefitted from expert services of speech therapists, psychologists and defectologists provided in AGS in Romania and in FYR Macedonia, and 139 children received after school tutoring in the first year of primary school in Slovakia. Atogether 191 community motivation events, meaning 27 events in Slovakia, 34 events in Romania, 105 events in FYR Macedonia, and 25 events in Hungary. 11828 AGS beneficiary families have been visited in their homes in the four target countries by community mediators. In case of the Your Stors sub-program, 240 mothers were involved in 12 groups in the 6 Hungarian localities, reaching to 537 children. During the 2 years long timeframe of the project, 72 parents lead 40 HSCL sessions in the Hungarian localities, as usually 2 parents handled one HSCL occasion. In Romania 140 different kind of parenting sessions were held with the participation of altogether 430 Roma parents. Altogether 38 community mediators/health mediators/school mediators/facilitators received training. Various trainings on diversity, inclusive pedagogy and social justice topics have been provided for altogether 186 preschool and primary school teachers, 36 mediators, 2 social workers and several local authority representatives in the framework of the AGS project.

Results of the project
Policy papers
Good practice guide
Community assassements
Online data base
Research reports
Evaulation reports

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
All beneficiaries: 4000
Roma beneficiaries: 4000

Roma participation:
Needs assessment
Decision making
Implementation - management
Implementation - other

Sources of funding
Roma Education Fund