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Local roundtable 4 in Dolný Kubín, Slovakia

Roma education specialists from Prešov, Michalovce, Bratislava, Martin, and Dolný Kubín
Date: May 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

Present: 8 Roma education specialists

A ppt presentation containing the main outcomes and pictures of the family literacy program was presented to the participants.

The discussion began with sharing of some recent experiences of the participants.
Then the discussion was held around involving Roma parents and grandparents in the care for their children. They think that we need to wait about 5 more years, and hope that we will collect the fruits of our work in this field.

Cooperation with Roma families has to be based first of all on trust and personal contacts. Only 2-3 persons can change in a time (not everybody in the settlement), and these persons can be models for the others and help to change them. We cannot expect that we can change everybody at a time or through one project, because it will demotivate.
Roma families need to know us, trust us, and be very motivated.

Some of the participants agreed to contribute to the development of the local strategy.

Local roundtable 4 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The participants in the fourth roundtable in Cluj-Napoca, held on the 9th of May 2015, were 6 teachers from Cluj-Napoca and Sibiu.

The participants received a folder containing the flyer of the project and the policy brief in Romanian.
The roundtable started with a short PowerPoint presentation of the project delivered by Maria Kovacs. The concepts of family literacy and policy brief were also discussed to make sure that the teachers can engage in the discussion effectively. Then the participants read the policy brief and were asked to comment on it.

Some of the major ideas contributed was that the church (in general, not a specific one) could be a good place to try and attract families to family literacy programmes (FLP). Others pointed out that local libraries, and specifically the neighbourhood libraries in Cluj-Napoca could be a good venue for such FLPs. Volunteers would be needed in both cases. Teachers specifically could contribute – according to the participants – as collaborators in partnerships between the schools and the parents after they learn how to deliver the FLP. In addition, the schools’ action plans generally have actions that target improving school-community relations, so this FLP would be a good way to achieve that. The school management could facilitate the process, and the school premises would be used as a venue. The teachers could volunteer to deliver the FLP.
The participants also suggested that the programme could be extended to families with younger children (not just primary school aged ones) and other than Roma families could also be targeted, as the need exists in mainstream families as well.

For more information, please read the report.

 

Local roundtable 3 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The participants in the third roundtable in Cluj-Napoca, held on the 9th of May 2015, were 8 students from Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Cluj-Napoca.

The roundtable participants were given a folder containing the project flyer and the policy brief.
The roundtable started with a short presentation of the project as the context for the development of the policy brief and of the local strategy, delivered by Simona Bernat.
Then the concept of educational policy was discussed to make sure that the students were familiar with and clear about the concept.

After the policy brief was read, the discussions proper started, around the following questions focusing on comprehension of the document, which were written on a flipchart for all to see:

  1. Why do you think the FLP have a higher impact in disadvantaged communities?
  2. What do you think is meant by the early transfer of inequalities?
  3. What measures should be taken to ensure the success of the FLP?
  4. What arguments would you use to convince a decision-maker in the field of economy to support family literacy?

In the end, the discussions focused on the role that the students could play in promoting FL.
Ideas and suggestions made by the participants were recorded (available in Romanian, see the report on Roundtable 3).

Local roundtable 3 in Dolný Kubín, Slovakia

Center of Pedagogic and Psychologic Consultancy and Prevention at Dolný Kubín
Date: May 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Present: 2 workers: the Psychologist and Special Pedagogue

A ppt presentation containing the main outcomes and pictures of the family literacy program was presented to the participants.

The discussion was held around involving of Roma parents in the care for their children. Their experiences are not very good. They think that although the parents say that they care about the education of their children, they do very little for it. They admit, however, that Roma mothers are usually very young and they begin to care about education later. This is why involving grandparents makes sence.

It is hard to work systematically with Roma families. They often observe, that when parents send their child to specialists, it is because the specialists want it, not them. Roma parents expect, that the specialist will help children and that they do not have to do anything.

However, it is good that Roma minority seems to be quire well included in the majority in Dolný Kubín. This is thanks to a good care of the town authorities.

The meeting ended with agreement to contribute to the local strategy.

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Local roundtable 2 in Dolný Kubín, Slovakia

Peter Skrabak Primary School at Dolný Kubín
Date: May 4, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Present: 4 teachers of Roma students (grades 1-5)

A ppt presentation containing the main outcomes and pictures of the family literacy program was presented to the teachers at the beginning. The term of „family literacy“ was briefly clarified and explained.

The discussion began with each teacher sharing their experiences with teacher-parents cooperation. According to the teachers, the cooperation is generally good and the parents are very respectful. Sometimes also grandparents participate at school events and meetings. According to their experiences, it is most effective when they directly address particular parents with particular tasks. However, they never organize any events just for Roma families. They do not select them.

The meeting ended with agreement to contribute to the local strategy.

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Local roundtable 1 in Dolný Kubín, Slovakia

Authority of Labor, Social Matters and Family at Dolný Kubín
Date: May 4, 2015 at 10:00am

Present: Head of the Authority, Head of the Division of Social Matters and Family, and five in-field community workers, employed within a governmental project.

The Head of the Divission, who is also a member of the stakeholders group, welcommed all and briefly introduced the project. She pointed out that the outcomes of the project are very impressive (she could see them at stakeholders meeting), and incouradged others to watch the ppt presentation and the following discussion.

A ppt presentation containing the main outcomes and pictures of the family literacy program was presented.
The discussion began with each participant sharing their field of competence and where they see some possibilities to promote family literacy.
The Authority deals with „educational measures“ – for families with some educational problems of their children. The Authority assigns other organizations to conduct educational measures (e.g. in the form of training of parents). The topic of such parents trainings is often financial literacy. This is where they see some possibilities of promoting family literacy issues.

The meeting ended with agreement to contribute to the local strategy.

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Local roundtable 2 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The participants in the second roundtable in Cluj-Napoca, held on the 27th of April 2015, were 7 preschool and primary school teacher students (Hungarian line) and their professor from the Babes-Bolyai University.

In the beginning, there was a brief presentation of the project and the flyers were handed out. Then we clarified where in the project we were and some key terms such as ‘education policy’, ‘literacy’, ‘policy brief’ and ‘local strategy’. After that, the students read the policy brief in pairs or groups of three, and prepared to discuss focusing on questions that were handed out to them as a guide for reading.
Everyone participated in the ensuing discussions – the professor included – and topics such as what the students can do now (practicum, volunteering, sharing the ideas from the policy brief and the local strategy) and what they will be able to better do when they are teachers.
Several students showed interest for volunteering; the professor pointed out to the students that in their practicum (lesson observation) they should be observing (in the classrooms they visit) how teachers deal with students from various backgrounds.

For more information, please read the report.

Local roundtable 1 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The participants in the first roundtable in Cluj-Napoca, held on the 24th of April 2015, were 14 preschool and primary school teacher students from the Babes-Bolyai University.

We started by handing out flyers and presenting the project. We clarified ‘education policy’ and ‘literacy’ for the students, and then distributed the policy brief and asked the students in groups to read a part each group and prepare to discuss. The students read in groups and discussed within the smaller group before a large group discussion was initiated.
The roundtable discussion was adjusted to the students’ level of familiarity with ‘education policy’, ‘policy brief’ and ‘local strategies’. We believe that the engagement was good (each student spoke in the small groups, and 7 students spoke in the large group).  For more information, please read the report.

 

Stakeholders’ Working Group Meeting 4 – Dolný Kubín, Slovakia

The fourth meeting of the Stakeholders’ Working Group from Dolný Kubín, Slovakia, was held on the 25th of March 2015.

The meeting was attended by 8 persons representing 4 institutions (the Dolný Kubín Town Authority, the Authority of Labor, Social Matters and Family Dolný Kubín, Peter Skrabak Primary School at Dolny Kubin, and the Orava Region Library) out of which 2 persons were from the organizer.

During the meeting, the participants discussed about the LIT3 policy brief, and started the development of the local strategy (vision, SWOT analysis, goals and strategies).

The conclusions of the meeting were:

  • the local strategy for FL will be connected with the existing Local Strategy for a Complex Approach to Marginalized Roma Community;
  • each institution assumed some roles at the local strategy, depending on their expertise and priorities;
  • the local strategy will be completed through further face to face meetings, round tables, and email communication.

For more information, please read the Report – fourth SWG meeting-SK.

Stakeholders’ Working Group Meeting 4 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The 4th meeting of the SWG took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on Wednesday, 25 March 2015, at the ALV office. There was one new participant in this meeting, although no new institutions represented.

The meeting was attended by 6 stakeholders representing the RCRC Foundation, the County School Inspectorate Cluj, the Teacher Training House Cluj, the Horea School, the Intercommunity Development Association, the Cluj Prefect’s Office.

In the first part of the meeting, participants discussed about the policy brief and shared values of the represented organizations in terms of the policy brief.

In the second part of the meeting, the strategy was in focus. For a start, other strategies that are being implemented were discussed, such as the County Plan for implementing the Government Ordinance HG18/2015. In addition, other strategies at the county or national level that we must take into account are:

  • The MoE’s Strategy for the prevention of early school leaving,
  • The CSI’s strategy for Roma inclusion – facilitating access to education,
  • Cluj-2020 – the municipal social inclusion strategy – which is being approved by the Local Council,
  • The Romanian MoE’s strategy for Lifelong Learning,
  • The MoE’s programme about early childhood education and care (pre-schoolers),
  • After school programs, eg. Romedin,
  • Programmes that target digital literacy.

The meeting continued with the SWOT analysis and actions that the SWG can/ should  take.

For more information, please read the SWG Report – meeting 4 – Romania.

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