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FSG successfully closes its transnational programme centred on education and Roma families in Brussels [editar]

The FSG closed the programme “Roma Families Get Involved” with the presentation of the “Guide for working with Roma Families towards achieving the success of their children at school".

21/03/2013
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On the 21st March 2013, the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) successfully closed the transnational programme "Roma Families Get Involved" that it led and in which NGOs from Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, as well as the Spanish, Bulgarian and Romanian Ministries of Education and the Hungarian local authority of Ács of were involved as partners. The programme focused on promoting the involvement of Roma families to achieve the academic success of their children in school. 

The involvement of the family is an element that is often lacking in many educational programmes. Therefore, it must be included as a key element in order to improve the formal educational process of Roma children. "Roma parents are an asset in the education of their children. They want the best for their children, just as any other parent. We only need to understand each other and create relations based on trust between educators, families and educational institutions", assures Belén Sánchez-Rubio, Director of International Programmes of the FSG.

The final conference of the project, financed by the Directorate General (DG) of Education and Culture of the European Commission in the framework of the "Lifelong Learning" programme, gathered representatives of national and EU institutions, international organisations, NGOs, researchers, experts and other relevant actors with grassroots experience in this field.

The institutional presentations were carried out by Ákos Topolánszky (European Economic and Social Committee), Frank Pierobon (DG Education and Culture, European Commission), Costel Bercus (Roma Education Fund), Belén Sánchez-Rubio (Fundación Secretariado Gitano), and included a special video message sent by Lívia Járóka (Member of the European Parliament). All speakers underlined the relevance of this theme and the usefulness of the guide for many relevant actors in different contexts. Participants thus reflected on and exchanged views on the issues related to the Roma family, the principal challenges in achieving their involvement for the education of their children, as well as the role of public and private actors at local, national and European levels.

Snapshot of the
Snapshot of the "Roma families get involved" final conference, Brussels

A practical guide to work with Roma families

The event featured the presentation of the methodological Guide for working with Roma Families towards achieving the success of their children at school. A transnational methodological proposal for professionals”, developed in the context of the project, which aims to provide guidance for professionals working on the ground to involve Roma families in the educational processes of their children.

The involvement of Roma families is critical to succeed in increasing the academic achievements of young Roma. However, most socio-educational interventions with Roma children lack an integrated approach that takes into account the social and family context and many professionals working with Roma families consider they do not have the knowledge and skills to reach the families effectively. By disseminating this guide the partners of the project aim to share a useful tool with other stakeholders working in the field of education of Roma children as a needed step towards successful programmes.

The guide thus aims to contribute to improving the educational situation of Roma children throughout Europe through the promotion of a greater involvement of Roma mothers and fathers. The guide has been published in Spanish, Bulgarian, English and Hungarian, and addresses aspects such as phases of intervention, strategies, key messages, overcoming obstacles, examples of good practice and a description of the profile of professionals, among others. It was very well received by the various actors attending the conference.

Partners of the European project "Roma Families Get Involved": Fundación Secretariado Gitano (project leader), Spain; Roma Education Fund, Hungary, Romania and Switzerland; Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Spain; Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Romania; Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, Bulgaria; Local Government of Ács, Hungary, and Fundatia Secretariatul Romilor, Romania.

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