PROMA’s First Newsletter!

Good news!
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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The PROMA Project starts!

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.

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