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The Council of Europe recognises two programmes of the FSG – Acceder y Promociona – as “examples of good practice” [editar]

“Acceder” is a programme of training and employment and “Promociona” focuses on educational support and guidance

01/10/2012
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The Council of Europe recognises two programmes of the FSG – Acceder y Promociona – as “examples of good practice”The Council of Europe (CoE) has recognised two programmes of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG), the employment programme Acceder and the educational support programme Promociona, as examples of “Good Practice” in working with the Roma population, “not only for the high quality of its contents, but also for its capacity to give visibility and to influence national policies”.

The Council of Europe (CoE) has recognised two programmes of the FSG, the Acceder employment programme  and the Promociona educational support programme, as examples of “Good Practice” in working with the Roma population, “not only for the high quality of its contents, but also for its capacity to give visibility and to influence national policies”. The CoE included both programmes in a new database that gathers European projects considered as good practices for their “innovative" character and their ability to achieve a "long-term impact”.

In a press release, the CoE explained that “Spain is one of the countries that have contributed to the improvement of the living conditions and access to employment of the Roma population by implementing various programmes funded both at the regional and European levels through the European Social Fund. This is the case of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano with its Acceder and Promociona programmes”.

Jose Sánchez, programme Director of the FSG, considers “very important that our two main projects are recognised at the European level as projects that work and, therefore, contribute to the inclusion of many Roma people. Both Acceder - our training and employment programme -, and Promociona - focused on support and educational guidance to youngsters -, are demonstrations that, even in times of crisis, results can be achieved with the assignation of adequate resources”.

“Now, more than ever, clear and accurate policies are necessary to guarantee decent living condition for all citizens, especially for the most vulnerable groups, including many Roma people. It is the moment to rely on actions to promote the access to employment and to reduce early school leaving among Roma, and these are exactly the aims of Acceder and Promociona”, assures José Sánchez.

Acceder, at a glance

Acceder is the social and labour inclusion programme developed by the FSG since 2000. Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), it is part of the Multiregional Operational Programme Fight Against Discrimination managed by different Spanish NGOs. The FSG is responsible for the actions of this Operational Programme aimed at Roma people, which are developed through Acceder.

Acceder is a training and employment programme aimed specifically at Roma people.
Acceder is a training and employment programme aimed specifically at Roma people.

Acceder was created in the year 2000 to further develop and refine a pilot project established two years earlier with the purpose of achieving the effective incorporation of the Roma population in the labour market. Currently, it is developed in 14 regions of Spain through 49 integrated employment offices and more than 200 dedicated professionals. It has been recognised as an Employment Agency by Spain's Public Employment Service since 2011, and its model was transferred by the FSG to Bosnia and Romania.

The results obtained so far are proving its importance; since its creation, Acceder has provided assistance and support to more than 67,000 beneficiaries, and achieved the signing of more than 45,000 job contracts, and has trained more than 15,000 people through 1,600 own courses throughout Spain.

Only in 2011 Acceder provided assistance to 14,663 persons - 20% more than in the previous year - of which 2,957 obtained a job. In 2012, the aggravation of the crisis of the Spanish labour market implied a significant increase in the number of users of our services (to 15,851 persons) but also a reduction in the number of persons obtaining a job (2,569 individuals). However, these results demonstrate the continued effectiveness of Acceder, independently of structural, market determinants.

During its 12 years of existence, Acceder provided assistance and support to more than 67,000 persons and achieved more than 45,000 job contracts.
During its 12 years of existence, Acceder provided assistance and support to more than 67,000 persons and achieved more than 45,000 job contracts.

The Council of Europe's recognition is among various awards and special mentions received by the Acceder programme in its 12 years of existence. Among others, we can highlight:

  • Model of Good Practice in Training and Employment, Council of Europe, 2011.
  • “CAM Integra Award” for projects to improve the quality of life and social integration of vulnerable groups. Caja del Mediterráneo, 2009.
  • GOOD Qualification in the WORLD HABITAT AWARDS. Model of good practice to improve living conditions. UN HABITAT - United Nations, 2006.
  • Example of Good Practice for its effectiveness, insertion rates and contribution to Equal Opportunities and to the European Strategy for Employment and National Action Plans for Employment. European Social Fund, 2003.
Stories of life and overcoming. 'Acceder' programme

A look at Promociona

Promociona is a pilot support and educational guidance programme launched in 2009 to reduce early school leaving rates among Roma students in different cities of Spain. Its objective is that Roma students complete their compulsory schooling and pursue their non-compulsory secondary and higher studies.

The Promociona programme involves not only Roma students but also various relevant agents involved in the educational process of the minors: families, school centres and other educational and social agents.    

Promociona develops two key lines of actions:

  • Personalised educational and family guidance, based on the provision of individualised tutoring to the student and his/her parents in order to facilitate the involvement of the family and to obtain the student's educational success.
  • Aulas Promociona, spaces of quality educational support and tutoring for small groups of students.
Promociona started in 2009 with a view to reducing early school leaving and to promoting the educational success of Roma students
Promociona started in 2009 with a view to reducing early school leaving and to promoting the educational success of Roma students

During its three years of existence, the Promociona programme has worked directly with a total of 1,235 Roma children and youth, 1,076 families and 476 school centres. Today, it is present in 27 cities in 14 regions of Spain.

In 2011, 710 students (57% of them girls) participated in the Promociona programm. Among them:

  • 85% of the students of the 6th grade of primary education made the leap to secondary compulsory education (90% of girls and 79% of boys).
  • 79% of the students of the 4th grade of compulsory secondary education obtained the diploma of Compulsory Secondary Education (88.71% of girls and 68.42% of boys).
  • 96.8% of the students who obtained the diploma of Compulsory Secondary Education pursued their post-compulsory studies (94.5% of girls and 100% of boys).
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