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Stakeholders’ Working Group Meeting 5 – Podgorica, Montenegro

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.

Stakeholders’ Working Group Meeting 5 – Dolný Kubín, Slovakia

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stakeholders’ Working Group Meeting 3 – Podgorica, Montenegro

The 3rd meeting of the SWG took place in Podgorica, Montenegro on the 26th of December 2014.

The meeting was attended by 9 stakeholders, 2 members of the SWG excused their absence due to field work.

The agenda of the meeting included the presentation of the piloting of the Family Literacy Programme, discussions and future plans. The SWG members praised the work and commitment of the team, acknowledging the difficulties in realizing programs as such. They were interested to hear more about:

  • the type of the materials used,
  • the attendance/drop out issues,
  • the expected effects.

For more information, please read the SWG Report – meeting 3 – Montenegro.

Stakeholders’ Working Group Meeting 3 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The 3rd meeting of the SWG took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on Wednesday, 17 December 2014, at the ALV office. There were many new participants in this meeting, although only a few news institutions represented (Pro Vobis, a volunteers’ organization; Intercommunity Development Association; Teacher Training House; City Hall).

The reason why there were a number of heads of institutions was because when we made the invitation, we shared our idea to propose a new local policy for community work in return for the minimum guaranteed wage: we intend to propose that parents of primary school aged children who benefit from the minimum guaranteed wages (MGW) be allowed to participate in family literacy activities within the number of hours that they should work for the benefit of the community (72 hours/ month, according to Law 416/2001). The decision on how to use the work of the MGW beneficiaries is with the City Hall, and therefore this is something that should be discussed within the local community. In addition, Cluj Napoca municipality has a strategy for social inclusion (see http://cmpg.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/incluziune.pdf), which was promoted by a group including some of the non-governmental organizations represented in this SWG meeting. Hence the recommendation formulated in this meeting that
– we define where in the local startegy we would like to include the proposal we are planning to make to the City hall
– we harmonise the policy recommendation with the a) Romanian Government’s Strategy for the Inclusion of Romanian Citizens Belonging to the Roma Minority for 2012-2020; b) the recently approved strategies of the Romanian Ministry of Education for the prevention of early school leaving and for lifelong learning.
The higher education representatives shared their experiences in the field of student practicum for teacher students and social worker students.
In order to strengthen the cooperation within the SWG, we proposed a tripartite framework agreement (a) CILSDGC, b) ALV and c) each of the institutions/ organizations represented) and invited the participants to consider what they can contribute each to the success of promoting family literacy in the city of Cluj-Napoca.
We agreed that the next meeting would take place in early March; the precise date and time will be discussed and agreed with the participants by telephone and / or email.

Report on SWG3 meeting Cluj-Napoca (the agenda of the meeting is annexed to the report)

Stakeholders’ Working Group Meeting 3 – Dolný Kubín, Slovakia

The third meeting of the Stakeholders’ Working Group from Dolný Kubín, Slovakia, was held on the 4th of December 2014.

The meeting was attended by 9 persons  representing 7 institutions (the Dolný Kubín Town Authority, the Center of Pedagogic and Psychological Counselling and Prevention, the Authority of Labor, Social Matters and Family Dolný Kubín, Peter Skrabak Primary School at Dolny Kubin, Brezovcek NGO operating at 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 their opinions and thoughts of the FLP piloting, their experiences with the FLP and ways of including FLP in their organisation policies.

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

Stakeholders’ Working Group meeting 2 – Podgorica, Montenegro

The second meeting of the Stakeholders Working Group from Podgorica, Montenegro, was held on the 16th of June 2014.
The meeting was attended by 11 stakeholders, 
2 members of working group excused themselves because they were away on a business trip. Individual meetings will be organized so that they would get main points from the working group meeting.

First part of the meeting was devoted to presenting the framework of curriculum that refers to promoting general, reading and health literacy which would result with children and parents acquiring these particular skills as well as with encouraging the development of their positive attitudes to be involved in the education process of their children and providing effective support to reach certain results.
After that, all the participants were introduced to the idea regarding target groups, that are supposed to be involved in project activities which would be – two groups with six members each, the first with younger age children (who finished or should be enrolled in I grade of elementary school) and older age (who attend II-IV grade of elementary school and will help younger children to study). Total number of children is 12 (in both groups), that is 18 persons per group, because the groups will be comprised of children, their parents and members of the third generation (grandmothers, grandfathers or cousins that are interested in giving support to their children’s education).

For more information, please read the SWG Report – meeting 2 – Montenegro.

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