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
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 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.
‘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.
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 project presentation in the VolTo meeting
LIT3 – Presentation of the policy brief in the VolTo meeting
LIT3 – Presentation of the policy brief in the VolTo meeting
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.
On 17-19 October 2014 we presented the LIT 3 project at the “Innovations at schools” Conference in High Tatras – Podbanské, Slovakia. The conference has been organized yearly already for 15 years. Any organization interested in education is welcome in the conference. It is a great opportunity to meet stakeholders as long as individual teachers from praxis that educate in primary schools, high schools and universities. This year, also guests form USA that were at the foundation of Orava Association, were present. What we really appreciate when presenting the project LIT3 was that there were organizations that support and work with Roma population so we could share our experiences from our project and we were invited to share our materials. At the end of the conference we had a panel discussion about importance of implementing the new ideas in education in order to solve existing problems.