Progress - Investment in early childhood - support social innovation and integration of the Roma

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Country/partner countries

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
Government Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities
Peter Pollák

Project information – start and end date (if available)
March 2015 - June 2015

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
The project will verify the selected activities aimed at Roma mothers in practice, in Slovakia. The main parts are two interlinked activities:

Reading children's books - the mothers will meet regularly under the guidance of reading children's books, which they can then read at home with their children. Facilitator groups will visit families at risk and help parents work with children.
The programme co families, schools and communities - will enable parents to participate in the preparation of activities for children in kindergartens, thereby improving the cooperation between a family and a kindergarten and indirectly the attendance of the children.

Results of the project
The project is implemented in 21 locations throughout Slovakia. In each selected village a questionnaire survey has been done with the mothers who raise children aged 0-5 years. Over the past two weeks it has taken place in the villages of the selected mothers. In each village, 15 mothers who will be part of the project were selected. The Office of the Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities employed 7 facilitators for the project implementation, which are responsible for reading clubs with Roma mothers in 21 locations. In each village, the mothers meet with the facilitator at least once a week. The aim of these meetings is the creation of women's support groups within the Roma communities. All facilitators speak the language of the community and are trained to work with Roma mothers.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
Target groups:
315 Roma mothers

525 Roma children aged 0-5 years

15 teachers / directors of pre-school facilities

Sources of funding
European grant programme PROGRESS