Empowering Roma Parents to Support their Children's Development and Education

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Country/partner countries

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
Lead partner:
Pučko otvoreno učilište ''Korak po korak''

Open Society Institute
OŠ Vladimira Vidrića
OŠ Orehovica
OŠ Dr. Ivana Novaka
OŠ Tomaša Goričanca

Project information – start and end date (if available)
1.11.2012 – 30.6.2013

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
This project was implemented in Macinec, Orehovica, Mala Subotica/Drzimurec Strelec, and Kutina. In four primary schools included in the project, over 50% of pupils are Roma.

The overall goal of the project is wellbeing and successful development and learning of children. The project aims at contributing to the cooperation between school and parents in order to support children’s learning and development better and to the empowerment of Roma parents in supporting their children’s development and education.

Results of the project
Parents have exchanged experiences and knowledge related to educational topics such as developing self-esteem of children, developing self-discipline, respect for children's temperament and the like. Once a month, each child received a picture book, and parents practiced reading that picture books in the workshop. At the end of the year, each child had a dozen picture books in his/her home library.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
The workshop was attended by about 245 parents and other family members in these communities. Of these, about 70% were women and 30% men.
The project was primarily intended for Roma parents, however, parents from the majority community were requested to join, in order to encourage integration.
The workshops were attended by about 80% of Roma parents and family members and 20% of parents from the majority community.

Sources of funding
OSF with 45.886 USD