In June 2011, the European Council, the EU’s highest governing body, gave the green light to the European Framework for National Roma Inclusion Strategies, a Commission initiative that the 27 EU Member States have translated into their respective National Strategies to be developed between 2012 and 2020.
This initiative established for the first time a common framework for the development of measures and policies at national level based on approaches, objectives and areas of work shared by all the Member States of the European Union. It also had the political and financial support of the EU and the 27 Member States and wqass part of a larger European strategy, EU 2020, with explicit objectives to reduce the poverty and exclusion that have afflicted the Roma population for centuries.
Basic Principles to achieve Roma People Social Inclusion
- Constructive, pragmatic and non-discriminatory policies.
- Specifical, but not exclusive focus on the Roma population.
- Intercultural approach.
- Aiming at a full inclusion of the Roma population into society.
- Awareness-raising on gender discrimination.
- Involvement of regional and local administrations.
- Involvement of civil society.
- Active participation of Roma people.
Presented at the European Platform for Roma Inclusion (Prague, 2009)
This is very relevant for the PROMA Project, as well as the Education Dimension of the Framework. Despite major advances in schooling, there are still serious problems, such as the very high dropout rates in compulsory secondary education. And although there is an increase in the number of Roma students in post-compulsory secondary and university, the percentages are still much lower than the average. We are still far from achieving a situation of educational normalisation for Roma pupils, specially women.
We are here again to share with you how the project implementation is going.
The Proma project’s partners are working on the first intellectual output, Identifying pathways to integration. It involves the needs’ analysis report, which analyses the challenges that Roma women face in all participating countries. It will be a solid base for the design of the capacity building programme and the local pilot interventions for Roma women. It is important to know the educational needs of Roma women and the skills educators should have in order to be able to support them.
The process has been divided into 3 steps: The first one is a research at a national level to identify the specific country contexts and actual needs of Roma women, this entails a comprehensive research in all 4 implementing countries, focusing on the identification of the specific needs of Roma women and the exact problems they face which prevent their inclusion.
The second one is an identification of best practices at the EU level related to the integration of Roma women at a local level. In this case, the research will be made focusing on good practices related to the integration of Roma women at the local level. The last step is carrying out a needs’ assessment to identify the specific needs of Roma women and formal & non-formal educators of Roma people. This will be accomplished by taking the findings of the first and second task mentioned above.
That’s all for this post! You will hear from us as soon!
50 years of celebrating International Roma Day and many Roma girls and women still do not have access to education
It has been 50 years since the historical meeting in 1971, in Chesfield, near London, where a group of Roma activists put in motion the celebration of Roma persons, their accomplishments and achievements. However, the International Roma Day is also a day to remember the plight of the Roma people and to call for action in order to improve their lives and respect their rights.
Education is the strongest force in providing equality and fairness in all aspects of life. A poor education is a serious obstacle to a (good) job, housing, access to health services and, in general, a good quality of life, but also to personal fulfilment and active citizenship. This is why several international and European documents, such as the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategy links social inclusion success to education. Various FRA Studies (2012, 2014) show worrisome figures in relation to Roma education, such as high numbers of illiteracy among Roma aged 25-44 in Greece (47%), Romania (34%) and Portugal (31%).
Roma women and girls are more likely to leave school at an early age, or not to attend school at all, with serious consequences on their employment, active citizenship, their rights and their quality of life. The 2005 European Parliament resolution on the situation of Roma women in the European Union addressed the situation and urged Member States to take a range of measures “to ensure that women and girls have access on equal terms to quality education for all”.
International Roma Day 2021 – A new chance to increase Roma women’s right to education!
We are working on a new project we are enthusiastic about and want to share the news with you:
Promoting the integration of Roma women (PROMA)
➡️ About the project:
PROMA focuses on adult education with the aim to foster the integration of Roma women in their local communities through education. The project is going to be implemented in 4 countries with dense Roma populations (Romania, Spain, Greece, North Macedonia) and involves 2 groups of participants: Roma women and formal & non-formal educators of Roma women.
During its 24-month lifetime, PROMA will creatively involve and positively influence:
At least 40 formal & non-formal educators of Roma women
At least 100 Roma women from the partner countries
At least 500 national and EU stakeholders
➡️ Who is behind this project
⚫ The Center for Not-for-Profit Law (CLNR) a Romanian non-profit organization, which specializes in providing research, advocacy and other related services to civil society organizations and citizens. https://www.clnr.ro/
⚫ SYMPLEXIS is a Greek non-for-profit organization that strives to ensure equal opportunities for all through actions and measures that build skills, empower and promote active engagement and participation focusing on the most vulnerable categories of the population and particularly those with fewer opportunities. www.symplexis.eu
⚫ Association of citizens for support of marginalized group Roma Resource Center (RRC) –Skopje an organization specialized in working for improving the life and situation of marginalized groups of citizens in Macedonia through piloting of inclusive models and providing long-term sustainability of the positive practices of inclusiveness. www.rrc.org.mk
⚫ Magenta Consultoría Projects SLU is an educational and European projects’ consultancy with 18 years of expertise in the promotion of gender equality and social development at the regional, national and European level. Its purpose is to promote the re-build of an equal and fair society, in which everybody has the same opportunities and vulnerable groups are integrated. http://www.magentaconsultoria.com
⚫ BK-con is a niche service provider, with vast -over 20 years- experience in Project Management and service delivery. www.bk-con.eu
➡️ Education for Roma women and girls
Education is the strongest force in providing equality and fairness in all aspects of life. A poor education is a serious
obstacle to a (good) job, housing, access to health services and, in general, a good quality of life, but also to
personal fulfilment and active citizenship. This is why several international and European documents, such as the
EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategy, links social inclusion success to education.
Various FRA Studies (2012, 2016) show worrisome figures in relation to Roma education, such as high numbers of
illiteracy among Roma aged 25-44 in Greece (47%), Romania (34%) and Portugal (31%).
Roma women and girls are more likely to leave school at an early age, or not to attend school at all, with serious
consequences on their employment, active citizenship, their rights and their quality of life. The 2005 European Parliament resolution on the situation of Roma women in the European Union addressed the situation and urged Member States to take a range of measures “to ensure that women and girls have access on equal terms to quality
education for all”
➡️ A nice podcast about education and promoting Girls Education Globally: http://bit.ly/385o6Dd
This newsletter has been elaborated within the project PROMA – Promoting the integration of Roma women, funded by Erasmus+, Agreement number 2020-1-RO01-KA204-080214. The content of the newsletter represents the views of the authors only and is their sole responsibility. The newsletter is sent quarterly to the organizations in the databases of the partners in this project. This newsletter was drafted and disseminated in accordance with the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation- European Regulation 2016/679 on data protection and privacy in the European Union and the European Economic Area.
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Last January 18th, the first meeting of the PROMA partnership was held online. In this first meeting, the partners met and presented the management of the most important aspects of the project. The first steps to take in order to achieve the objectives pursued by it have also been discussed.
This project aims at achieve a positive impact on the lives of the Roma women participating in the project, at an educational, labour, economic and social level. To achieve this purpose, the project has two target groups:
- Formal and non-formal educators of Roma women.
- Roma women themselves.
The objectives of the project will be achieved through the intellectual outputs that will be developed by the partners, these are:
- Identification of the path towards integration: it consists of the detailed analysis and studies of the situation of Roma women in the different countries of the partnership, to define their needs for better development and integration.
- Development of the capacity building program for formal and non-formal educators working with Roma women. In this case, online materials and tools will be created to help educators.
- Pilot training. The training developed in the previous intellectual output will be put into practice by means of a webinar.
- Design and implementation of pilot programs with Roma women.
6 partners from 5 different countries are part of the partnership, namely:
- CLNR (Romania).
- Symplexis (Greece).
- Magenta Consultoría Projects (Spain).
- Asociatia Centrul Pentru Legislatie Nonprofit (Romania).
- BK Consult GbR (Germany).
- Citizens Association For Support Of Marginalized Groups Roma Resource center skopje (Republic of North Macedonia).
When creating the partnership, the idea was to connect partners from countries in which the percentage of Roma population was higher, in this way the project could reach a larger group of beneficiaries.