Leonardo Da Vinci Vetpro – Sharing and Learning

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Country/partner countries
Slovenia, Spain, Poland

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
RIC Novo mesto
MSc Gabi Ogulin Počrvina

Project information – start and end date (if available)
1.6.2012 – 31.5.2014

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
The objectives of the project were aimed at acquiring new knowledge, further training, implementation expertise and experience in working practices with the Roma. The project participants improved the understanding of the international dimension of working with the Roma population, compared and evaluated their personal practice and methodology and established practice in working with the Roma population in Slovenia. The professionals involved in the mobility specifically wanted and also gained new skills and they show examples of good practice in the field: how to motivate adults to complete primary education; education of the family as the basic cell in which the attitude to education and employment is developed ; gaining experience for the quality of motivation and involvement in education and employment; motivation for integration into a wider social environment and its successful operation; improvement and innovation in systems, institutions and practices for vulnerable groups. The core part of the first mobility programme in the Spanish region of Andalusia was intended for the visiting organizations to familiarize themselves with the local lifestyle of the Roma, preserving their heritage and overcoming stereotypes. They obtained information about European projects in the employment area and advisory services for young Roma people and their families for greater involvement in education. The participants in the mobility have come to know the examples of good practices and voluntary counseling in the context of the Roma women's clubs and other associations active in the field of Roma issues. They were also briefed about the Spanish system of social transfers and other social policies. Another mobility took place in Poland. The host organization is also a partner in the project e-Roma Resource. The programme had been designed in such a way that they met with the representatives of the Ministry of Social Affairs and the representatives of the Municipality of Krakow, covering the field of Roma issues. They got to know the representatives and the functioning of the Union of Roma in Krakow and the Roma Association of Poland. They presented them to their activities, the day care centre, and the project exhibition on Roma studies.

Results of the project
The mobility of 16 participants: professionals and Roma representatives.
Through mobility, all practitioners acquired the skills for better working with the Roma: motivation for education and employment, consulting activity, the integration of the Roma, implementation of good practices in domestic environment, etc. They also improved their language skills and strengthened intercultural dialogue. The members of the Roma community have also gained useful general knowledge about travelling, living and communicating in a foreign country, group working. Knowing the life of the Roma in Spain and their good integration in the environment, they will seek to raise awareness of the Roma in their own environment. Some professional staff highlighted the acquired knowledge in the field of social transfers and social policies in Spain. A group of four participants of the mobility in Poland has acquired the knowledge in the field of website design and preparation of the portal. Other effects of the project were also: networking, taking into account cultural differences, overcoming stereotypes and learning about the historical and cultural background of the Roma culture.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
In our project the stress is on the indirect effects of working with the Roma and the transfer of good practices from the host country to the home environment. The project will have benefits for both proffesionals working with the Roma as well as for the Roma themselves.

Sources of funding
LLP Programme