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More than 26,000 people improved their living conditions in 2015 thanks to the programmes of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) [editar]

FSG releases its 2015 annual report


More than 26,000 people improved their living conditions in 2015 thanks to the programmes of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG)
  • Investing in education and employment programmes contributes to improving the socio-professional inclusion of the Roma population.
  • In 2015, FSG programmes on employment (Acceder) and education (Promociona) consolidated its position as the most effective initiatives with the greatest impact.
  • The Acceder programme provided support to 18,472 people and 3,733 of them found a job. It has also facilitated the signature of 5,666 labour contracts with more than 2,500 companies.
  • 82% of the Roma students in the last year of the Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO) taking part in the Promociona programme earn their diploma.

The Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) releases its online 2015 annual report in its webpage (only available in Spanish). In addition to the digital version, a summary leaflet (also available in English) and a three-minute long video are also available.

FSG is present in 14 Spanish Autonomous Communities, with 53 offices in 73 cities and towns. During 2015, it worked with 121,593 participants who took part in 384 programmes (of training and employment, education, housing, fight against discrimination, among others). 26,178 people were direct beneficiaries from these actions.

In the words of FSG Director, Mr Isidro Rodríguez, ‘in 2015 we continue proving that investments in crucial areas such as employment, education or housing have a real impact on the situation of many Roma families’. 

Acceder: an effective programme with impact

In 2015, the Acceder training and employment programme consolidated its position as the most effective programme, with the greatest impact on the labour inclusion of the Roma population. Only in 2015, it provided support to 18,472 people and 3,733 of them managed to get a job. In addition, 5,666 labour contracts were signed, of an average duration of 116 days. For this purpose, FSG collaborated with more than 2,500 companies and launched 872 training initiatives, which reached 3,947 people.

Learning by Doing, a specific initiative combining training and on-the-job experience and targeting youngsters in situations of social exclusion,  achieved, thanks to the collaboration with many of the main companies in Spain, a 42% labour  insertion rate. 118 youngsters found a job, which represents a big impact in their living conditions and those of their families.

The Promociona programme improves the rates of school success of Roma students

FSG’s work is based on the conviction that education will change the future of the Roma youth. The Promociona programme, aimed at promoting the academic success and the continuation in the studies, proves that the school dropout which is affecting the Roma youth can be tackled and that good results can be achieved.

In a context where the school failure rate of Roma students is 64%, much higher than the 13% rate of the population as a whole, the Promociona programme manages that 82% of those students in the last year of the Compulsory Secondary Education who take part in the programme get their diploma.  

This is an initiative that contributes to change the academic results of the Roma students. During the 2014/15 school year, more than 1,276 students and their families participated in the programme, more than 373 school centres collaborated and more than 92 Promociona classrooms were set up.  

Contributing to break the generational poverty circle

The programmes of social accompaniment and impact in the most excluded environments are also key to address the cases of poverty. In 2015 FSG worked with 550 families based on individualised plans aimed at meeting their needs from an integral perspective.

Thanks to the programmes financed by entities such as Obra Social “La Caixa” or the funds coming from the programmes of the National Income Tax , in 2015 we supported more than 2,400 minors and their families, mainly through actions aiming to palliate the basic needs related to food, health, hygiene and school support.

Combating anti-gypsyism and assisting the victims

During 2015, the agreement with the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality to continue coordinating the ‘Assistance Service for Victims of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination’ has been renewed. Within this service, FSG works in partnership with other entities in the sector and reinforces its actions related to the fight against discrimination. In 2015, 194 cases of discrimination were registered and 382 victims identified.  

In addition, FSG initiated actions of strategic litigation to combat online hate speech. It also reinforced the activities aimed at raising awareness of key actors in the fight against discrimination. Among others, it participated in the training of the General Council of the Judiciary with judges and attorneys from all around Spain.

Awareness-raising and advocacy

The awareness-raising campaigns #YoNoSoyTrapacero (I'm not a swindler) and  #LeonorDejaLaEscuela (Leonor drops out of school) had a tremendous impact in the media. The first one denounced the discriminatory definition given for the term ‘gitano’ (Roma in Spanish) in the Dictionary of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (RAE). The second gave visibility to the situation of school dropout faced by Roma students and called for higher political attention to this topic.  

Prestigious awards back FSG´s work

In 2015 FSG’s work was recognised by prestigious awards, among them the ‘2015 Organisation of the Year’ award of the Fundación Princesa de Girona. This award acknowledges the Foundation’s trajectory in favour of the youth, especially to support the entrepreneurial spirit, the employability and the labour inclusion, the education and school success, the vocation and talent.

Annual Report 2015 Video

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