First Meeting in Athens




The first meeting of the Roma T&T project was organised in Athens from the 11th until the 12th of April 2012. During the meeting the partners had the chance to meet each other for the first time and organise the planning of the activities for the whole period of the project. They have discussed issues relevant to the organisation of the pre-school centers in each country and on the pedagogical methodology that has to be applied. All the partners have identified the specific Roma communities to which the project is going to be implemented and have strtaed the preparation for the project's methodology.


Main aim of the project

 -Aim: Development and testing of a model for the organisation of nursery schools especially designed for the Roma children

that will prepare them to be better prepared to integrate in the school environment

 -Supervision of the nursery schools by two intercultural intermediators: one Roma, one non- Roma

Target Group

 -Roma children of a pre-school age
-During the project: Involvement of 80 Roma children in all the partner countries

Phases of the project

- Development of the model

- Organisation of the pre-school centers

- Training

- Piloting

- Sustainability

Target Group

Roma children of a pre-school age
 During the project: Involvement of 80 Roma children in all the partner countries

Phases of the project

 -Development of the model
-Organisation of the pre-school centers


Transnational Meetings

1st Phase: Development of the model: Principles

 -These centers are going to function as nursery schools for the Roma children of pre-school age.
- They are going to work during the day under the supervision of a teacher-intercultural intermediator whose role will be

to develop creative activities together with the Roma children and prepare them in order to go to school in the next year.

-  This preparation could take the form of activities (games, discussions, theatrical plays etc.) that will teach the

children: how to behave at school, why is good going to school, what will be different from the way they have been used to,

which rules will they have to obey, which benefits are they going to have etc.

- These pre-school centers are going to be established in areas near the Roma communities (in order the Roma children to

have easy access to them) and they are going also to offer breakfast to the children in order to give them strength to cope

with the activities of the center.

- The activities are going to be based on a series of best practices already developed.

- Organisation of a workshop in all partner countries with representatives of Roma communities and pedagogical experts (the

presence of both groups is compulsory)
-Draft of a model (working hours, number of children, activities proposed, equipment needed etc.)
-Feedback from partners
-Final Model
-Deadline: 30/5/2012

2nd Phase: Organisation of the pre-school centers

3rd Phase: Training

 Identification of material that has already been produced and is adequate to fit the needs of the training (all languages

+ English)

- Adaptation of the material in an e-learning format
-Selection of a trainer in each country that is going to train the two intercultural intermediators (one Roma and one non-


Characteristics of the trainer:

 -Great experience in the intercultural education especially concerning the issue of the Roma children
- Experience in the organization and implementation of training actions

- Proven experience in the field of the training of children of pre-school age

- The trainers selected in each country are going to participate in a transnational workshop which is going to be organized

in Bologna in the framework of the second project meeting

 -In this workshop, the trainers from the different partner countries will be able to exchange opinions and expertise and

therefore develop their knowledge and get new ideas from the experience of the partner countries.

 -Organisation of workshop (complemented by e-learning courses) for the training of the two intecultural intermediators (by

the trainers)

4th Phase: Piloting


- On the basis of specific quantitative and qualitative criteria: the number of children attending, the number of children

that continue to attend at the end of the piloting, the satisfaction of the children, the opinion of the tutors
-Each time that a problem appears the intercultural intermediators should contact the partners

- Evaluation of things that have worked and things that have not worked.

5th Phase: Sustainability

- Promotion of the model to interested organisations and countries all over the world.


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icon Project Coordinator
Kostas Diamantis-Balaskas
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