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School Attendance Initiative

& Roma Role Models

School Attendance Initiative & Roma Role Models
School Attendance Initiative & Roma Role Models
School Attendance Initiative & Roma Role Models
School Attendance Initiative & Roma Role Models
UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS & The Issues of Roma Children
UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS &
The Issues of Roma Children
Office for CEE/CIS & The Issues of Roma Children UNICEF RO carried out a series of

UNICEF RO carried out a series of studies and researches in order to document

and monitor the situation of Roma children

order to document and monitor the situation of Roma children http://www.unicef.org/r omania/RECI- Overview.pdf
children http://www.unicef.org/r omania/RECI- Overview.pdf http://www.unicef.org/ceec is/UNICEF_ROE_Roma_
Education and Roma Children 75.9 percent of the Roma children who have dropped out of
Education and Roma Children 75.9 percent of the Roma children who have dropped out of
Education and Roma Children
Education and Roma Children

75.9 percent of the Roma children who haveEducation and Roma Children dropped out of school did NOT attend kindergarten; The participation of Roma

dropped out of school did NOT attend

kindergarten; The participation of Roma children in pre- primary education at the age of 3 is over 12 times smaller than the national average; At the age of six, the share of the Roma children that are in school is over five times lower than the national average. 44.22% of the children aged 7-11 are not currently attending/have dropped out of school 64.62% of the children aged 12-16 are not

currently attending/have dropped out of school

Absenteeism is a worrying and growing phenomenon, although not mentioned in statistics.

growing phenomenon, although not mentioned in statistics. http://www.unicef.org/romania/On e_school_for_all_pt_WEB.pdf
growing phenomenon, although not mentioned in statistics. http://www.unicef.org/romania/On e_school_for_all_pt_WEB.pdf
in statistics. http://www.unicef.org/romania/On e_school_for_all_pt_WEB.pdf http://www.unicef.org/romania/ Roma_school.pdf
in statistics. http://www.unicef.org/romania/On e_school_for_all_pt_WEB.pdf http://www.unicef.org/romania/ Roma_school.pdf
in statistics. http://www.unicef.org/romania/On e_school_for_all_pt_WEB.pdf http://www.unicef.org/romania/ Roma_school.pdf
in statistics. http://www.unicef.org/romania/On e_school_for_all_pt_WEB.pdf http://www.unicef.org/romania/ Roma_school.pdf
Education and Roma Children • The main dropout determinants are financial lacks (44%), poor academic
Education and Roma Children
Education and Roma Children
Education and Roma Children • The main dropout determinants are financial lacks (44%), poor academic results

The main dropout determinants are financial lacks (44%), poor academic results (16%), and only to a small extent Roma parents’ lack of interest in children’s education (9%) or the early marriage phenomenon (4% of answers from parent questionnaires);
Most of the schools lack coherent and efficient dropout prevention strategies and they take action when it is already

too late or they resort to inappropriate means; 64% of Roma children from Romani-speaking families learn in segregated classes as compared to 48.3% of children from Romanian-speaking households.

Early School Leaving: possible ways of prevention (2009 , UNICEF and Centrul Educaţia 2000+)

Early School Leaving: possible ways of prevention (2009 , UNICEF and Centrul Educaţia 2000+) http://www.unicef.ro/publicatii/educatie /renuntarea-timpurie-la-educatie.html

Early School Leaving
Early School Leaving
/renuntarea-timpurie-la-educatie.html Early School Leaving At family level: • Financial difficulties; • The

At family level:

Financial difficulties;

• The parents’ and siblings’ educational example;

Family breakdown;

Entrance on labor market;

Re-integration issues of migrant children who re-enter the education system when they come back to the country.

At community level:

Lack of individual security in the area;

The custom of discontinuing education after the eighth grade;

Early marriage custom & having a child;

At school level:

Grade retention;

Insufficient pupil integration;

Poor quality of the relationship with the teachers and

classmates.

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School Attendance Initiative
School Attendance Initiative
UNICEF: Education is the best route out of poverty and marginalisation.
UNICEF: Education is the best route out of poverty
and marginalisation.

A school attendance initiative which aims to promote education among children to fulfill their potential in life.

Vertical and horizontal levels of intervention Family Community School
Vertical and horizontal levels of intervention
Family
Community
School
horizontal levels of intervention Family Community School Vertical intervention includes national, county and local

Vertical intervention includes national, county and local levels

School Mediators Community The Leaders school School Attendance Initiative School Local Directors authorities
School Mediators Community The Leaders school School Attendance Initiative School Local Directors authorities
School
Mediators
Community
The
Leaders
school
School
Attendance
Initiative
School
Local
Directors
authorities
Parents
Initiative School Local Directors authorities Parents School Attendance Initiative 2010 - 2011 •
School Attendance Initiative 2010 - 2011

School Attendance Initiative 2010 - 2011

School Attendance Initiative 2010 - 2011

Interventions at school, community and family

level in 38 communities in 16 counties.

Initiative 2010 - 2011 • Interventions at school, community and family level in 38 communities in
School Attendance Initiative 2011 – 2012 Results • 60% of the children at drop-out risk
School Attendance Initiative 2011 – 2012 Results
School Attendance Initiative
2011 – 2012 Results

60% of the children at drop-out risk have

improved their school attendance In 50% of the schools the drop-out rate has decreased by 15-40% compared with the
rates recorded in the last two years

School directors’ increased capacity to

prevent and reduce the causes of drop-out

and absenteeism Enhanced ability of teachers to adapt teaching methods to the needs of the
children at risk Better prepared school mediators in applying methods to reduce and prevent
drop-out Increased awareness on the importance of
education among the parents

A deeper understanding among the local

authorities on the education’s value for community development

School Attendance Initiative 2011 - 2012
School Attendance Initiative
2011 - 2012

141 communities at national level Over 50.000 children part of the campaign

• 141 communities at national level Over 50.000 children part of the campaign Institutul de Ştiinţe
• 141 communities at national level Over 50.000 children part of the campaign Institutul de Ştiinţe

Institutul

de Ştiinţe

ale

Educaţiei

• 141 communities at national level Over 50.000 children part of the campaign Institutul de Ştiinţe
• 141 communities at national level Over 50.000 children part of the campaign Institutul de Ştiinţe
• 141 communities at national level Over 50.000 children part of the campaign Institutul de Ştiinţe
• 141 communities at national level Over 50.000 children part of the campaign Institutul de Ştiinţe
• 141 communities at national level Over 50.000 children part of the campaign Institutul de Ştiinţe
• 141 communities at national level Over 50.000 children part of the campaign Institutul de Ştiinţe
School Attendance Initiative - How
School Attendance Initiative - How
School Attendance Initiative - How    Training - School Directors; Teachers on curricular areas; Activities
 

Training - School Directors; Teachers on curricular areas; Activities with parents

Training - School Mediators; School Principals on inclusive

 

and intercultural education; Romani language teachers

INTERVENTIONS AT SCHOOL LEVEL

Extra-curricular activities with children

Parenting interventions:

 

Teachers and professionals from County Resource Centres

for Educational Assistance trained to deliver parenting

FAMILY LEVEL

programmes; Parents will benefit of structured parenting programmes Face-to-Face discussions with parents:

Identification of children at risk of dropout; Visits to families

 

with children at risk.

COMMUNITY

LEVEL

Inventory of the available human resources at community level;

Instruments for professionals for monitoring and preventing school dropout;

Training of professionals at community level;

Promotion of dropout prevention best practices implemented

Inventory of Roma Human Resources

Inventory of Roma Human Resources
Inventory of Roma Human
Resources
of R oma Human Resources Inventory of Roma Human Resources Objectives: Increase capacity at local level;
of R oma Human Resources Inventory of Roma Human Resources Objectives: Increase capacity at local level;
Objectives:
Objectives:

Increase capacity at local level;

Invest in Roma

human resources; Develop Roma role models at local level.

Tools

Tools
Tools
Roma Role Models • Identification of over 20 successful adult Roma role models from various
Roma Role Models
Roma Role Models
Roma Role Models • Identification of over 20 successful adult Roma role models from various professions

Identification of over 20 successful adult Roma role

models from various professions (including layer,

policeman, priest, actor, social worker, etc.) Development of a set of materials to convey the message: a 20 minutes documentary movie about the professional success of these Roma role models

that succeeded in life using the educational path and

a book comprising the life stories of the role models Valorisation of educational process among Roma youth in 30 schools from Romania with a large number of Roma pupils. Using a caravan, each school was visited with the presence of one of the role models. Children were exposed to the movie, after which discussions were held between the
children and the role model Raise of awareness of issue among communities and stakeholders

Roma Role Models
Roma Role Models

Roma Role Models • Launching Events Teaser for the documentary; Photo Exposition Two public figures endorsed
Roma Role Models • Launching Events Teaser for the documentary; Photo Exposition Two public figures endorsed

Launching Events Teaser for the documentary; Photo Exposition Two public figures endorsed the

campaign: a Roma singer, very popular

among youth, Connect-R and a young Romanian actress Adela Popescu Facebook Campaign on UNICEF Facebook page (over 70.000 fans) Roma Role Models promoted through Roma Week at the French Cultural Institute Debate on the Invisible Roma Subject - participants from Roma NGOs, press,

key opinion leaders, Roma &

Romanian Students Round table on the subject of Roma’
social inclusion Launching Success Stories Book

Thank You! Luminița Costache Social Policy Specialist UNICEF Romania lcostache@unicef.org

Thank You!

Luminița Costache

Social Policy Specialist UNICEF Romania lcostache@unicef.org

Thank You! Luminița Costache Social Policy Specialist UNICEF Romania lcostache@unicef.org
Thank You! Luminița Costache Social Policy Specialist UNICEF Romania lcostache@unicef.org
Thank You! Luminița Costache Social Policy Specialist UNICEF Romania lcostache@unicef.org
Thank You! Luminița Costache Social Policy Specialist UNICEF Romania lcostache@unicef.org
Thank You! Luminița Costache Social Policy Specialist UNICEF Romania lcostache@unicef.org
Thank You! Luminița Costache Social Policy Specialist UNICEF Romania lcostache@unicef.org
Thank You! Luminița Costache Social Policy Specialist UNICEF Romania lcostache@unicef.org