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Boosting Roma education


An ESF project which improved the educational opportunities for Roma children has just ended in Romania

September sees the end of a three-year ESF project focused on providing educational services to boost schooling among Roma children. The ‘Chave Zurale educational support clubs’ project was a co-operation between a Roma-oriented foundation, three regional organisations and the Ministry of Education. It covered 20 communities, trained 100 teachers, ran eight summer schools and set up 20 educational clubs focusing on 500 children in 11 counties.

In addition, special ‘catch-up’ school modules were devised for Romanian, mathematics, and English. These and other measures were taken to prevent early school-leaving and reduce disparities between Roma and non-Roma children; and also to increase awareness of this phenomenon among public authorities.