The LIT3 project was present in the international networking conference Broaden Horizons – Networks and Experiences for Successful Roma Inclusion, which was held on 26th and 27th November 2015 in Terme Dolenjske Toplice in Slovenia. The conference is held under the honorary patronage of his Excellency Mr. Borut Pahor, the President of the Republic of Slovenia.
A brief presentation of the project and its results was introduced to more then 60 participants in the group work Roma integration in the education process. Discussions with the participants were fruitful, many of the participants showing interest in finding out more information about the LIT3 and some tips for a successful implementation of the LIT3 project.
In the project market, the LIT3 project exposed publications produced within the LIT3 project and some information about the project. Publications were offered to interested participants and good face-to-face discussions about our project work took place.
More information can be found on the Conference webpage.
LIT3 project presentation at the International Conference Broaden Horizons – Networks and Experiences for Successful Roma Inclusion, Dolenjske Toplice, Slovenia
On the 26 November 2015, within the “We Are Teachers Academy” of the Annual Conference Institute of Pedagogy and Applied Didactics of the Babes-Bolyai University – Hungarian Line, Cluj-Napoca, the presentation Family Literacy in Disadvantaged Roma Communities – results, experiences, opportunities has been introduced to 16 students. The presentation was followed by very good discussions related to the Family Literacy Programme developed within the LIT3 project, our experience in implementing it, the benefits of such programmes and the students’ – future teachers – role in implementing/ facilitating FLP in disadvantaged Roma communities.
LIT3 presentation at the “We Are Teachers Academy” of the Annual Conference Institute of Pedagogy and Applied Didactics of the Babes-Bolyai University – Hungarian Line
For ensuring the LIT3 project sustainability, Learn & Vision Association developed and implemented in Cluj-Napoca a training course for Family Literacy Programme facilitators. The training was held in the Nicolae Iorga School, in 12 – 26 November 2015 and was attended by the school director, primary school teachers, the Romani language teacher, the Roma mediator, students from the Faculty of Pedagogy and Science of Education from the Babes-Bolyai University.
1. Date and place: 4th October 2015, REF head office and center, Podgorica
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
2. The participating institutions were:
NVO Romski savjet (Roma Council)
NVO Most (Bridge)
Romski obrazovni fond
Udruzenje Početak (Beginning)
3. Facilitator: Marijana Blecic
4. Course of the meeting and its conclusions
- Short Introduction to the Literacy Cubed program in Konik camp;
- Ms Blecic introduced the ongoing activities to representatives of the local Roma NGOs from the camp and from the area;
- Roma NGO activists experience in work on support programs spans from 1 to 5 years approximately
- Several participants were familiar with the program through their communication with the community and PCMNE;
- Activities were generally praised. Representatives of NGO Most expressed their worriedness that most of the documents similar to the idea of Local strategy tend to look for percentages of goal completion rather than the quality provision of services.
- Participants mentioned a couple of more Roma NGOs which were recently established and worth of attention: NGO MLADI ROMI (Young Roma) in the first place.
- Participants also mentioned that the education system is doing well compared to others and that the main problem for implementing a change will be social (welfare) aspect.
- Ms Blecic mentioned goals of the Policy Brief and Local strategies, and involvement of the NGO KRUG coalition.
On 2 November 2015, at the Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, 26 students in year 2 (teacher education) attended the presentation of the LIT3 project. The goal of the meeting was to present the LIT3 project, its main results (with focus on the local strategy) and attract students to volunteer as family literacy programme facilitators or assistants, and participate in practicum at Tara Minunilor Day Centre for Roma children, where a family literacy programme is being implemented.
The students had many questions about the possibility to volunteer; a list was circulated at the end of the presentation and discussion, and 4 persons put down their names: 2 for volunteering, and two for praticum.
Some of the same students are going to be involved in the training for FL facilitators to be organized in Nicolae Iorga School beginning mid November 2015.
The LIT3 project presentation (RO language)
The Conference Community social services organized on October 23, 2015 by Dolny Kubin Municipality, Department of Social Matters and Family served for ORAVA ADE as a dissemination tool, as we distributed LIT 3 leaflets among more than 100 participants from Dolný Kubín area.
Part of the conference was allocated to developing of the community strategy document named “Community plan of social services”, where we had opportunity to include also promotion and support of family literacy.
The 5th meeting of the SWG took place in Podgorica, Montenegro on the 16th of October 2015.
The meeting was attended by 7 representatives of 5 stakeholders.
The agenda of the meeting included the presentation of the LIT3 project outcomes, the presentation of the Bureau of Education’s role regarding Family Literacy at local/national level, discussions for finalizing the local strategy.
By the end of the meeting, each representative of institution agreed to given roles in enforcing the local strategy developed for the period of four years. Additional communication to be done with the representatives of the KRUG NGO Roma Coalition members who could not be present but may be very important when thinking about the domicile Roma population. . For more information, please read SWG report – meeting 5 – Montenegro.
The Family Literacy Programme will be implemented in the Tara Minunilor Day Centre for Roma Children, Cluj-Napoca. That’s why, we have started the training for the Day Centre’s staff; the professionals in the Day Centre learn how to implement and facilitate the Family Literacy Programme. The Family Literacy Programme will be part of their regular work in the centre.
During the Orava ADE annual conference held on October 16-18, 2015 in High Tatras, there was one plenary on the outcomes of the LIT3 project and a workshop presenting several activities of FL program.
Almost 50 participants, including 2 Roma persons representing the Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities, 1 Roma advisor of the Main School Superintendant for Roma communities, 10 persons representing Roma Educational Center in Prešov, University professors, school principals and teachers attended the plenary session and almost 20 participants actively participated at the workshop.
The fifth meeting of the Stakeholders’ Working Group from Dolný Kubín, Slovakia, was held on the 8th of October 2015.
The meeting was attended by 10 persons representing 7 institutions (the Dolný Kubín Town Authority, the Authority of Labor, Social Matters and Family Dolný Kubín, Peter Skrabak Primary School at Dolny Kubin, Brezovcek NGO, the Orava Region Library, Center of Pedagogic and Psychological Counseling Dolný Kubín, and Basic School Krušetnica) out of which 2 persons were from the organizer.
During the meeting, after the presentation of the LIT3 project outcomes, participants discussed about and finalized the local strategy to support Family Literacy and agreed on the means of further communication.
The conclusions of the meeting were:
- Existing efforts and projects of the participating local institutions have capacity to include and/or promote FL (e.g. projects of the local authority ÚPSVaR).
- Family literacy concept will be further promoted so that it was included in other strategic plans.
- Each institution assumed some roles at the local strategy developed for 2016-2020. More details will be specified via further email communication.
For more information, please read the Report – the fifth SWG meeting – SK.