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The Promociona programme of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano has been able to respond to the educational inequality increased due to COVID-19 crisis [editar]

185 Roma students participating in Promociona obtain their school graduation in Compulsory Secondary Education level (ESO).

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The Promociona programme of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano has been able to respond to the educational inequality increased due to COVID-19 crisis

Promociona is the programme of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano that aims to promote the school success of Roma youth and their continuity in their studies.
During the 2019-20 academic year, marked by Covid-19, the program worked with 1275 families, 1,434 male and female students and 494 educational centres from 49 towns in Spain.

Promociona is an educational orientation program for young Roma and their families that seeks the academic success of Roma youth and their continuity in post-compulsory studies. The Promociona program includes individual, group and socio-community actions, although the individual level is a priority. For more than 10 years, the Fundación Secretariado Gitano has been working with the Promociona programme adapting resources specifically to Roma students and families to promote school success.

The 2019/2020 academic year has been marked by the COVID-19 socio-health crisis that we are still living today. The pandemic and forced confinement exposed the broken seams of the educational system and has forced the entire educational community to function digitally on a day-to-day basis and to readapt work methodologies. A way of working in educational centres that has not had the same impact for all students and that has caused certain groups of students to study with greater inequality.

The pandemic exposed inequality, which already existed and has also increased, and the tremendous digital divide that still exists in students with the highest rate of poverty and exclusion

Despite the conditions of inequality marked by the crisis, the Promociona programme, with an implementation in 49 localities, has served 1275 families and 1,434 students in the last years of Primary education level and ESO, and has collaborated with 494 educational centres. Promociona has proven to be a living program that, while maintaining its work methodology, has been able to reorient its activity to try to minimize the effects of the pandemic and the situation of vulnerability that a good part of the student body has had to experience.

Success at school of Roma students is possible

It is very important how the work has been reorganized to continue accompanying more than the 1400 students with whom we have worked; 25,500 tutorials with students, and due to this pandemic scenario (online and face-to-face), 163 group orientation sessions by competencies (mostly online) throughout the course prioritizing work on digital competences, 82 Promociona classrooms in which the number of hours of attention to students has been increased and they have been developed in an online format to continue offering quality educational reinforcement, 17,600 interviews in which various skills have been worked with families, and more than 13,300 coordination with educational centres.

It has not been easy. In some cases it has meant starting by addressing the digital gap that existed among a large numbers of students and obtaining technological resources such as tablets, computers and internet connections and, in other cases, accompanying children and young people, together with their families, in the handling of tools that were unknown until then.

The Promociona programme has been able to respond to the situation of inequality that the COVID-19 socio-health crisis has accentuated, remaining close to Roma students, their families and educational centres, in a year that has evinced inequality and the lack of opportunities for the most vulnerable.