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The campaign " Dare to share their dreams" reflects on the prejudices that Roma students on the move suffer when attending schools in destination countries [editar]

The Fundación Secretariado Gitano launches this campaign within the framework of the European project Misto Avilean that works in more than 300 schools in France, Romania and Spain

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The campaign
  • Every year, Roma children from Eastern Europe enter schools in Spain and France.

  • The school is key for them to exercise their right to access education on an equal footing.

  • The campaign "Dare to share their dreams" allows us to reflect on the prejudices that Roma migrant students suffer and aims at supporting minors graduating obligatory education. In addition, it provides awareness-raising materials and didactic units available for the educational community to work on interculturality and diversity.

The FSG has presented the awareness-raising campaign "Dare to share their dreams", a campaign that focus on the plight of Roma students in migration processes, the barriers that need be overcome to access schools in destination countries, their socioeconomic difficulties, the prejudices that weigh on their backs and other issues that limit their options to successfully complete compulsory education and exercise their right to education within European borders.

The campaign draws the attention on public authorities and the education community to set specific measures for this population having a particularly vulnerable socio-economic situation, being migrant, belonging to the most discriminated against ethnic minority in Europe, as well as, in some circumstances, for living in settlements or segregated spaces and, in the case of girls, for also supporting gender stereotypes and roles.

The campaign is launched in a context in which the COVID-19 crisis has shown that the education system has different speeds and that it is not helping migrant minors to exercise their right to a quality education.

Roma on the move graduated in western countries are an exception and without this qualification their opportunities to achieve adequate participation in society are reduced. Unawareness of the Roma culture and the prejudices that fall on migrants from Eastern Europe accentuate a social stigma that has a direct impact on how they are received in the classroom and that in practice means that they suffer from discrimination outside and within the school. A discrimination that increases when other variables are also taken into consideration: social class, geographical origin, minority belonging or gender.

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The school, a space for inclusion and diversity

There are multiple barriers and impediments that migrant Roma students on the move have to face in schools, many of which have not incorporated real tools for managing diversity into their classrooms.

The school is configured as a space for adult life preparation, a space immersed in a complex society. It should be the ideal place to lay the foundations for a better society and to ensure that all boys and girls have the same learning opportunities. Having a school where there is also room for projects, challenges and goals of the children and adolescents’ migrants would have an inclusive school that welcomes multiculturalism.

A European network

This awareness raising campaign has been developed within the framework of the " “Misto Avilean" project, funded through the program of the European Union: Rights, Equality and Citizenship (2014-2020).

The partnership has been set between: Foundation Terre des Homnes Romania, Foundation Afeji France and Fundación Secretariado Gitano Spain, with the support of Foundation Terre des Hommes Hungary.

This transnational platform will allow awareness-raising actions to reach more than 300 schools in three countries (France, Romania and Spain).

Teaching resources and awareness raising materials

The campaign has different materials: Two audio-visuals in which children express their wishes and desires for the future. They also talk about their experience when they arrived in destination countries, and the relevance their teachers had in their incorporation into the classroom and continuation of studies. The materials are completed by two didactic units to work on interculturality and the fight against discrimination in the classroom; in addition to an illustrated dossier with drawings of boys and girls, thus incorporating their gaze into awareness-raising materials.

The material is available in the microsite and feeds on the contributions coming from schools actively involved in the project, freely available to all teachers and schools that want to use them. The Material is available in Spanish, English, French, Romanian and Romanes

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