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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

Meeting for discussing the draft policy brief/ Policy seminar – London, 19-20 February 2015

The two day project meeting in London included the Policy seminar, which was attended by stakeholders/ national policy makers from RO and SK, by trans-national policymakers and by representatives of LIT3 partner organisations. The participants considered and built on the messages from the first draft of the policy brief, informing its development to ensure that it is aligned with other national and international policy developments and is of relevance to a broad range of policy areas.

The meeting included also two management sessions which aimed to analyse the recommendations from the progress report assessment sheet and to establish next steps in our project developement.

Unfortunately, the Montenegrin representatives of PCMNE and stakeholder could not attend the meeting because their visa applications were not processed before the starting of the meeting.

In the participants’ opinion, the most useful moments of the seminar were:

discussing the policy brief, group work, discussing with the stakeholders, the presentations and the debates, the discussion on “audience”.

Project meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, 6 – 8 November 2014

The 3 day project meeting in Bratislava aimed to share the Family Literacy Programme piloting experience and its results, to plan our work on the elaboration of the policy brief, to evaluate the implementation of our project and to plan the preparation of the progress report.

All partner organisations were represented in this meeting and participants were actively involved in all the sessions. Presentations introduced by Orava ADE, PCMNE and ALV gave us the opportunity to better understand the piloting of FLP in each of the 3 different contexts. IoE’s presentation on the data collected during the testing of the FLP gave us a new perspective on the pilot interventions. The 3 management sessions leaded by CILSDGC allowed managers to look at the work done in the first year of the project and discuss the next steps in the implementation of the project. Special attention was given to the preparation of the progress report. 

In the participants’ opinion, the most useful moments of the meeting were:

realising that others faced similar problems, reports of the FLP piloting, when we clarified some of the issues that needed agreement from all partners, statistical information, research conclusions, experience exchange, sharing information about the FLP workshops and materials used.

Project meeting in Cluj-Napoca, 18 – 21 June 2014

The four day meeting in Cluj-Napoca aimed to discuss the draft curriculum of the Family Literacy Programme, and the piloting research methodology and data collection. Five participants from Orava ADE, 4 participants from PCMNE, 2 participants from IoE, 2 participants from CILSDGC and 6 participants from ALV worked together for getting a common understanding of and improving the Family Literacy Programme and the research methodology, and for preparing the piloting phase. The three management sessions allowed managers to look at the work done in the last five months and discuss the next steps in the implementation of the project.

In the participants’ opinion, the most useful moments of the meeting were:

the demonstration sessions, to learn to research, when we clarified what a good text is and when we discussed the research, the practical activities, design workshop 16, clarifying problematic issues and questions, sharing experiences with colleagues from the partner organisations, teamwork, discussions.


The kick-off meeting

The three day kick-off meeting was held in Podgorica, from the 31st of January 2014. The agenda included: introductions, partner presentations, presentation and discussions related to WP 1 (draft management strategy), WP 2 (draft QA plans, draft M&E strategy, draft internal communication strategy), WP 3 (template for partners’ dissemination plans, draft dissemination strategy); WP 4 (needs analysis design); WP 5 (discussions on the concept of stakeholders working group).

In the participants’ opinion, the most useful moments of the meeting were:

discussions on the needs analysis, discussions on the M&E strategy, discussions on the dissemination strategy, sharing the WPs detailed plans, clarifying the key-terms, informal conversations.

A bit of working atmosphere_1