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Stakeholders’ Working Group Meeting 5 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The 5th meeting of the SWG took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on Thursday, 8 October 2015, at the Cluj-Napoca City Hall, Council Room.

The meeting was attended by 15 stakeholders representing the Social and Medical Assistance Department of Cluj-Napoca City Hall, RCRC Foundation, the County School Inspectorate Cluj, the Teacher Training House Cluj, the Horea School, the Intercommunity Development Association, the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, the Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, the N. Iorga School, the T. Darjan School, Pro Schola Montessori Association.

Reprezentatives of other organisation dealing with education in Roma communities (Caritas Association – Catholic Church,  Christiana School, Christiana Association, Association for Promotion of Social Inclusion Campia Turzii), as well as reprezentatives of local administration from communities with large Roma population (Campia Turzii Town Hall, Apahida Town Hall) attended this meeting for learning from our LIT3 local strategy and the SWG working process.

After the introductory part (welcome, objectives of the meeting, brief introductions, presentation of the LIT3 project and results so far, presentation of the film to promote FLP, rationale for the local strategy to promote FL), discussions on the strategy action plan started. We have focussed our discussions on the proposed actions, in order to see if we can arrive at an agreement.

The result of this meeting was impressive – all actions proposed (with one exception) were accepted by the LIt3 stakeholders. For more information, please read the report on SWG 5 Cluj-Napoca.

Local roundtable 3 – Podgorica, Montenegro

1. Date and place: 17th June 2015, Institute for public health of Montenegro; Time: 15:00 – 16:00
2. Date and place: 18h June 2015, Children Clinical Center; Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Facilitated by Danilo Lekovic. Hosted by Dr Darinka Markovic and dr Bojana Vujovic.

Given the fact that it was hard to gather relevant health workers in a joint event, LIT3 team decided to make consultations and awareness raising meeting with two important institutions by visiting their specialists in health, hygiene and counselling services.
Both Dr Markovic from the Institute and Dr Vujovic were informed about the project and its expected outcomes and the importance of informedness of their key institutions in regard to promoting healthy living practices as a prerequisite for quality development of children form vulnerable groups.
Both of them promised their support in sharing the project results through various channels of communication and offered additional support in similar endeavours.

LIT3 project at the “A Quarter Century After” – Regional Conference on Roma and Discrimination

‘A Quarter Century After – Regional Conference on Roma and Discrimination’ held in Cluj Napoca on 29-30 September 2015, an event hosted by the Resource Center for Roma Communities, brought together a variety of stakeholders – civil society organizations implementing projects in the Roma field, NGO Fund Programme Operators, representatives of European institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe), experts and researchers in antidiscrimination, public policy, NGO development, alongside funding organizations in Central and Eastern Europe – to look at the achievements and shortcomings of the last 25 years, and also ahead at potential new solutions for the next 25 years of Roma integration. The family literacy programme developed in the LIT3 project was presented in this conference as an educational approach which promises to increase Roma children’s chances of academic success and improve their parents’ attitudes towards school education.

The Conference was attended by 164 participants from Romania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

LIT3 project and Family Literacy policy brief presentation

On September 25, 2015, VolTo organized a meeting of the TAP (Together against Poverty) partners with VolTo member organizations – representatives of volunteers’ organizations from Torino. CILSDGC’s introduction included a brief presentation of the organization, as well as of the LIT3 project and of the Family Literacy policy brief.


LIT3 Final Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

On 3-5 September 2015, Consortiul International Lectura si Scrierea pentru Dezvoltarea Gandirii Critice (Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking International Consortium – RWCT IC) and its partners within the Literacy Cubed – Focus on Roma Families (LIT3) project organized the final conference of the project. This three-day event brought together local project teams, stakeholders of the LIT3 project – representatives of local public authorities from education, the social security system, non-governmental organizations and universities –, as well as delegates of Romanian and other European non-governmental organizations active in the field of Roma education. In addition to learning details about the LIT3 project outputs and outcomes and attending presentations about promising practices targeting Roma inclusion through education, the conference participants discussed the local family literacy strategies drafted by the stakeholders’ working groups in Podgorica (Montenegro), Dolny Kubin (Slovakia) and Cluj-Napoca (Romania), respectively, and specific effective ways to ensure project sustainability.

The conference provided really good insight into the family literacy and knowledge about what was done in Roma communities in the partner countries and elsewhere.

It was well-worth coming, stimulating, great for networking, helped me to spawn some new ideas for my own work.

For more information about the Conference, please read the LIT3 Final Conference booklet

The LIT3 Final Conference presentations

Needs Analysis Presentation_JLitster
FL curriculum presentation_MDragomir
FL Programme Report Presentation_JLitster
Policy Brief Presentation_JLitster
NGO as a driver of change in the community_SNikolic
Your Story_FSwitzer
Learning through failure_MDaragiu
Non-Formal education experiences with youth in interethnic communities_LMarin
What you want to be when you grow up_GDuminica
Family Literacy Programme_DLekovic
Local family literacy strategy_DLekovic
Projects of social support of families_SMihalikova
SK Local strategy_MMaslova
RO Strategy_MKovacs
Stakeholders engagement_FMoisa
Stakeholders engagement-publication_MKovacs

LIT3 project in the 19th European Conference on Literacy – Literacy in the New Landscape of Communication, Klagenfurt, Austria, 13 – 16 July 2015

The 19th European Conference on Literacy “Literacy in the New Landscape of Communication: Research, Education and the Everyday” created a forum for the presentation and discussion of findings of current research into the range of contemporary forms (‘traditional’ and ‘new’) and uses of literacy in everyday settings. More than 350 professionals attended the conference and shared their work and ideas (see Programme & Book of abstracts).

The symposium Family Literacy – Focus on Roma Families proposed and facilitated by representatives of CILSDGC and IoE brought into the attention of the conference participants the LIT3 project outcomes. After presenting the LIT3 project (see  LIT3 project presentation), we described the LIT3-Family Literacy Programme’s rationale, processes and results across the three different contexts (RO, ME, SK) and presented policy recommendations and guidance based on the findings of the pilot programme and the partnership’s previous FLP experiences (see the presentation). During the symposium, participants engaged in relevant (for our work) discussions.

Local roundtable 2 – Podgorica, Montenegro

The participants in the second roundtable in Montenegro, held on the 12th of May 2015 at the Elementary School BVP (Konik area, Podgorica, Montenegro) , were 21 teachers wishing to hear more about the FLP.

The talking points included: introduction to the literacy programmes in Konik camp, the LIT3 project (project description), the piloting experiences of the family literacy programme during summer 2014 and the goals of the policy brief and the local strategy.

Discussions focused on the role of the teachers in promoting FLP in Montenegro.

For more information, please read the report.

Local roundtable 1 – Niksic, Montenegro

The participants in the first roundtable in Montenegro, held on the 11th of May 2015, were 22 students from the Department of Pedagogy – Faculty of Philosophy, Niksic, Montenegro.

The talking points included: introduction to the literacy programmes in Konik camp, the LIT3 project (project description), the piloting experiences of the family literacy programme during summer 2014 and the goals of the policy brief and the local strategy.

Discussions focused on the role of the students/ future educators in promoting FLP in Montenegro.

For more information, please read the Report – roundtable 1-MNE.

Stakeholders’ Working Group Meeting 4 – Podgorica, Montenegro

The 4th meeting of the SWG took place in Podgorica, Montenegro on the 6th of May 2015.

The meeting was attended by 7 stakeholders, 2 members of the SWG excused their absence due to numerous activities within their respective institutions.

The agenda of the meeting included the presentation of the LIT3 policy brief and discussions about the local strategy (outline, goals, drafting procedure).

By the end of the meeting, each institution represented in the meeting assumed some roles in developing the local strategy. For more information, please read SWG report – meeting 4 – Montenegro.

Local roundtable 5 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The participants in the fifth roundtable in Cluj-Napoca, held on the 19th of May 2015, were 56 medical students and their professor from the Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Cluj-Napoca.

The participants received a printout of the ppt presentation tailored to the profile of the audience (freshmen medical students).
The roundtable included:

  • an interactive presentation of the project and of the policy brief, with focus on health literacy as part of family literacy as conceptualised in LIT3.
  • discussions around the questioned posed on the last slide – what can medical students/ future doctors do to promote and implement family & health literacy in disadvantaged Roma communities?

Some of the major ideas contributed:

  • Doctors can treat patients pro bono;
  • GPs can speak with adults from poor communities in a language that is accessible to them;
  • GPs especially but also paediatricians should treat all patients with respect (some mediatized cases of malpractice were brought up and analysed);
  • Prejudices / generalisations should be avoided;
  • Students can volunteer to teach children to read.

Most of the discussions centred on the students’ perception of Roma and low socio-economic status families. They came across as willing to engage in discussions and appreciative of the importance of both family literacy (including health literacy) and local action to promote literacy in disadvantaged communities.

The report is available here.

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