NGOs Visit Romania to Share and Discuss Successful Practices on Roma Children Education and Desegregation
Romani CRISS organized between March 31 - April 2, 2014 meetings with representatives of the Ministry of Education, the National Council for Combating Discrimination, as well as with representatives of schools to disseminate best practices and successful initiatives in education and school desegregation of Roma children.
The meetings were held within the "DARE NET - Desegregation and Action for Roma in Education Network" project, funded by the European Commission and implemented by Romani CRISS in the period of December 2012 - November 2014.
The representatives of Romani CRISS, accompanied by an international delegation, consisting of representatives of four NGOs in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, members of the DARE Network,visited Stoenesti school, Ionita Asan National College in Caracal and School No. 2 in Slatina.
The network members attended a meeting with representatives of Ministry of Education. During the meeting, the adviser on the Romani language and Roma in the Ministry of National Education - Gheorghe Sarau presented the attributions of the Ministry of Education, the history of Roma education, as well asthe activities undertaken by the Ministry in the field of Roma education. He also mentioned the main barriers to access of Roma children to school and discussed the solutions identified by the Ministry. Finally, the representative of the Ministry brought into discussion the issue of school segregation and positive examples identified.
The partners visited the kindergarten and the School no. 1 with Ist to VIIIth grades in Tunari, Ilfov County, where two educational projects have been implemented.Through the two projects, 19800 Roma children and parents were supported in order to have the children’s access to education and school performance improved, as well as to reduce the educational gap.Learning in a multicultural and non-segregated environment was encouraged, through the project. The parents have been supported, through the projects, in order to become aware of the importance and benefits of education.
At the end of the meeting, the partners visited the National Council for Combating Discrimination (NCCD).
The meetings organized by Romani CRISS with the representatives of the Ministry of Education, the National Council for Combating Discrimination, as well as representatives of schools provided a better understanding of initiatives in education and school desegregation.