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Education is the best tool for social change, to break the cycle of poverty and to achieve social inclusion. We believe in the transformative power of education to achieve a more fair world where the richness of the cultures are valued.

FSG has developed various programs throughout its history to help close the gap in education, with programs to support schooling in all stages of education, grants management, tutorial actions, studies and research, development publications, training and technical advice to professionals in the education and socio-educational actions to encourage the involvement of Roma families in the education of their children, or awareness-raising campaigns.

In 2009, the FSG launched the Promociona Programme, financed by the European Social Fund. Until then it was exclusively devoted to employment actions (Acceder Program). The ultimate goal is to help young Roma complete compulsory Secondary Education and continue further education. Reduce the terrible numbers of early school leaving and improve the access to the labor market for the Roma population and promote equal opportunities is a key step for the inclusion of the Roma population. Training is the cornerstone for the development of people and also for inclusion in the workplace; the more and better qualifications the student have, greater success and more choice possibilities.

With a similar methodology of the Acceder labour programme, individualized insertion itineraries were developed with the aim of linking training and employment.

Currently the Promociona programme is developed in 38 cities in 13 autonomous communities in Spain.

Promociona "focusing on academic achievement and keeping young Roma in school", is the name and motto of the programme added in 2009 to the repertoire of activities carried out by the FSG in the sphere of education.
This is a tutoring and counselling programme targeting the different actors involved in the educational process, i.e. Roma students themselves and their families, schools and other educational and social professionals, focusing on 3 main pillars:

  • Educational counselling,
  • Promociona classrooms (academic support and quality tutoring),
  • Support with campaigns and other awareness raising actions.


Target Group

The Promociona programme is aimed at various agents involved in the educational process of minors: the student body, families, education centres and other stakeholders.

Students and their families are the principal actors of this programme, although the FSG pursues its work in close collaboration with education centres.

Promociona Scheme with families, students, educative centres and other agents
Promociona Scheme with families, students, educative centres and other agents

Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries of the programme are Roma students, primarily in the final cycle of primary (5th and 6th form) and compulsory secondary (1st to 4th form) education, as well as their families, in the areas where the programme is implemented.

The profile of the students with whom the actions are being implemented is that of minors engaged in the mainstream process of education, and who are deemed, on the basis of selection criteria, to require accompaniment in order to allow them to obtain the compulsory Secondary Education qualification and to achieve success in post-compulsory studies.

Objective

The central objective of the Promociona programme is the achievement of a decrease in the rates of early school leaving, higher rates of academic success in the final cycle of Primary Education as well as in Compulsory Secondary Education among Roma students, and the promotion of their permanence in post-compulsory studies.

The starting-point of the programme is a commitment to interculturalism, which promotes the use of existing public services by the population in its entirety and with a methodology that promotes the involvement and change of mentalities in the families themselves. This intercultural and mainstreaming approach aims to ensure a real and sustainable improvement in the academic situation of Roma students.

What is it about

The basis of the Promociona programme is the individualized educational guidance, ie direct action with students and families, in close collaboration with schools.

Three intervention levels are defined: Individual, Group and Social Community:

  • Individual level: A tailored work plan

The work with youth and their family is fundamental. With each student participant and his family a “tailored work Plan" is designed according to the needs with actions to be developed and deadlines for the review. This is made through individualized interviews with parents and students. The necessary features for the family and the students to develop the skills for the school success are planned in the work plan.

For many Roma students there´s a need of positive role models in education. This create a great unfamiliarity about the training pathways to develop some professions. For this reason, mentoring actions in collaboration with entities and companies are developed. In these sessions, the students meet different professions and the training steps to develop it. The objective is to offer guide and motivation to finish secondary school and keep studying and training.

  • Group level. Support School classrooms for group learning

“Promociona Clasrooms” is a group action with Roma students through school support sessions. It allows meeting a double objective: Work in basic and transversal skills and offer a quality support to reinforce the knowledge in different subjects.

Through these classrooms, we palliate the limited participation of Roma students in extracurricular activities. Likewise, a school support that many Roma families can´t afford is offered.

“Promociona classrooms” also allow stimulating groups. The success of them push others work.

  • Socio-communitary Level. Because the educative success is a matter of all of us.

Fundación Secretariado Gitano supports the networking with the environment and the social agents close to the students. To foster the participation in different communitary places is an important element to have into account to get school success.

Campaigns to sensitize different audiences

Promociona programme develops awareness-raising campaigns to highlight messages addressing different audiences: public administrations, Roma population, educative centres… Although the main focus of the actions has been the Roma population, campaigns put the education of the Roma community in public debate and denounce the education gap.

Meeting with students and families

For over ten years, FSG is developing “Meeting with students and families” at local, regional and/or national level.

The meetings of students and their families are a space for debate, reflection, exchange of situations, problems and success stories involving major support for a large number of Roma students who are at different study stages.

During these meetings, the Promociona students are mentioned to highlight the effort they made to overcome the school year. The objective is to make visible success examples and be role models for other students and their families.

In the local/regional meetings participate around 2000 people from all around Spain: Roma and Non-Roma students, teaching staff and other organization’s members and Roma population gather in these meetings.   

Promociona family
Promociona family

Rationale

The FSG managed in the period 2000-2006 the Multiregional Operational Programme Fight Against Discrimination through the Acceder programme – financed by the European Social Fund and centred on the access to employment of the Roma community.

In the framework of the 2007-2013 programme, Acceder was complemented by a new line of action in the educational field, which fundamentally aims to reinforce Acceder itself by promoting the improvement of the schooling – and hence, future employability – of Roma beneficiaries. The Promociona programme is the materialisation of this line of action.

Taking into account the experience of professionals in the educational, training and employment fields, as well as of beneficiaries themselves, the acquisition of basic compulsory academic qualifications can facilitate significantly the generation of an adequate itinerary of personal development and of employment, which guarantees in turn social inclusion in equal conditions as the rest of the citizenry.

Training is a basic pillar of personal development as well as of labour inclusion; the greater and more specialised the qualification is, the more open is the horizon of possibilities and choice, and the greater the possibilities of professional success and personal fulfillment.

The impact of this line of action in the education field on Roma youth is clearly positive at the individual level. However, these personalised interventions also have highly beneficial consequences for the promotion of the Roma community in general, given that the future of the community depends on the trajectories of its members. The scarcity of positive role models in secondary or higher education and in skilled employment within the Roma community renders the work of the FSG in education all the more relevant; its objective to reduce early school leaving and achieve higher rates of academic success among Roma youth is therefore a priority in the broader effort to promote Roma social inclusion.

The Promociona programme emerged as a result of an intense process of reflection and assessment of the past educational practice of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano, and corresponded to the need for quality social and educational intervention in contexts where social change is needed.

During the current Programming Period (2014-2020) the actions of the Promociona Programme will continue being developed within the Operational Programme POISES.

Promociona programme