First conference: Kremnica (Slovakia)

Educating Roma children: good practice from Slovakia through the ERNE project


The second meeting of the ERNE project was held on the 14th and 15th of March in Slovakia. On that occasion, the project partners had the opportunity to experience first hand some good practices in Roma inclusion by visiting a local school for both Roma and non-Roma children in Kremnica under the supervision of Ján Hero, the school Director.

The school started its operations in September 2008 and is part of a larger approach to Roma inclusion in the fields of housing, employment, health, culture and education. Its aim is to:
- Set the right conditions for Roma students to develop by offering a quality education;
- Prepare students for university studies and the employment market;
- Fight against discrimination and poverty by providing support (travel cost, meals, health and hygiene, boarding facility…) to students and creating an open environment for both Roma and non-Roma (Slovak) students to get to know each other and socialise.

The curriculum includes all of the "traditional" Slovak curricula with additional courses in Romani language, culture and history which help to boost confidence of Roma children and gain a better understanding of their background and the reasons why they face discrimination.

For more information about the school, go here.

Second Conference: Florence (Italy)


(meeting and pre school / school conference)

The ERNE partners met in Florence on the 14th and 15th of October. The main purpose of the meeting was to review the draft recommendations paper produced on the topic of Roma inclusion in school and pre-school. The recommendation papers of the project will be made available for public review and contributions in the near future.

During the 1st day of our meeting there was an intercultural workshop held by “Abbaino”, the associated cooperative of FormAzione Co&So Network, where the “ludoteca” service, another good practice was presented. A "ludoteca" is a place for parents to go with their children after school to play and exchange and meet other parents/children from different backgrounds. The service is provided free of charge under the supervision of animators who specifically aim at fostering exchange and learn to live together. The "La Mondolfiera" ludoteca, for instance, regularly welcomes 10 to 12 Roma families.

Finally, as part of the meeting and conference on the second day, the project benefited from the input and contribution of many external experts presenting best practices in Roma inclusion in the city of Florence and Italy in general.

Flyer 2nd partners meeting in Florence, Italy

Presentation policy recommendations pre-school education by FormAzione

Third conference: Koprivnica (Croatia)


(meeting and vocational / higher education conference)

The third conference was held on 7-8 April 2014 in Koprivnica, Croatia.

Final conference: Brussels (Belgium)


(final conference - dissemination)

Representatives from the project’s partners and other civil society organisations attended the ERNE final conference, as well as representatives from the European institutions, in particular Ákos Topolánszky, Rapporteur of the European Economic and Social Committee and Frank Pierobon, European Commission Representative, DG Education.This event was based on a constructive exchange of good practices by project partners who in turns presented successful examples and recommendations regarding pre-school education, school education, higher school education and vocational education. A particular emphasis was given to the fact that education is a key-area but that no improvement can be achieved as long as the basic needs are not met. This implies that a lot of efforts have to be made to raise awareness on the situation of Roma people in Europe, an idea which seems to be closely related to data collection issues. Partners also highlighted the necessity to involve different stakeholders in the elaboration and implementation of projects and policies, and in particular the Roma.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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