The final conference of the PROMA – Promoting the integration of Roma women transnational project took place online, on November 22, 2022, with the participation of representatives from the project partners’ organizations, European non-governmental organizations, public authorities, educational institutions, and trainers in formal and non-formal education.

The project was implemented by the Center for Not-for-Profit Law – Romania, Symplexis – Greece, Magenta Consultoria Projects SL- Spain, Citizens Association for Support of Marginalized Groups Roma Resource Center North Macedonia and BK Consult – Germany and was co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Its mission was to contribute to the integration and empowerment of Roma women who, due to intersectional discrimination, tend to leave school early, and are more likely to find themselves outside of education, training, or employment. The main project’s activities consisted of:

  • the educational needs of Roma women and girls and of the formal and non-formal educators working within the Roma communities;
  • creating an innovative methodology and a set of educational tools to meet their needs;
  • training more than 60 traditional and non-formal education professionals working in Roma communities;
  • training over 120 Roma women from the four countries of implementation.

During the final conference, the partners discussed the way in which they applied the PROMA methodology in their countries, stressing the main differences and similarities, the lessons learned during the implementation of the project, and how the materials and resources developed within the project can be capitalized in the future.

The international event was also attended by Marian Daragiu, State Secretary of the Romanian Ministry of Education who presented the latest updates regarding the strategy for improving access to education for Roma children.

Resources developed within the project

The course material is available in English, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, and Macedonian. It includes theory, practical information, short films, pictures and diagrams, practical exercises, and questions for self-assessment of the knowledge and acquired skills. The online course aims to increase the capacity of trainers working for the empowerment and upskilling of Roma women, by improving their skills, knowledge, and overall understanding of the needs of this group. In this way, they can deliver more efficient empowerment training, reduce drop-outs and create a better learning experience.

The final conference was followed by the last Transnational Partners Meeting of the project, which took place in a hybrid format, in Bucharest, on November 22 and 23. The conclusion of these two intense days was that even if the project is finalized, the efforts for its sustainability must continue in order for its mission to be fulfilled, not only at a national level but at the European level too.