This project is designed to help build a stronger civil society in F.Y.R.O.M. toward better protection of child rights, in particular toward ensuring that all children from Roma communities have equitable and equal access to quality education through the formal education system in the country, placing emphasis on nine (9) Municipalities of F.Y.R.O.M. (Shuto Orizari, Chair/Topaana, Bitola, Prilep, Kumanovo, Shtip, Kochani, Tetovo, Vinica) that demonstrate the highest shares of Roma populations.
The project consortium proposes a targeted, tailor-made intervention with the overall objective to foster a conducive environment for civil society in F.Y.R.O.M. to better promote the rights of Roma children, in particular their right to equal access to quality education and therefore to the labour market in the long run. To achieve this objective, five (5) specific objectives are set:
- Strengthen the dialogue and cooperation between government and grass-root CSOs working in the field of inclusion of Roma children in mainstream education;
- Increase the existing knowledge base on issues pertaining to Roma inclusion to education and the society in general and propose an advanced policy framework that facilitates Roma children’s future pathways towards the labour market through increased participation in mainstream education;
- Boost implementation of existing legislation on Roma inclusion by building the organisational and human resource capacity of grass-root organisations working with Roma populations in 8 Municipalities along with the establishment of a dedicated grant scheme mechanism;
- Improve the capacity of local authorities to realise Roma inclusion programmes and measures by outsourcing implementation to CSOs; 5. Raise awareness on the role of civil society in promoting equal access to education of Roma.
The project aims at having the following results:
R1: Improved knowledge base on how to better foster Roma inclusion into formal education.
R2: Optimised policy framework on Roma inclusion into education through civil society – government cooperation.
R3: Increased function and viability of grass-root organisations working with Roma populations in the selected (9) Municipalities.
R5: Improved cooperation between the pubic and civil society on Roma inclusion into education.
R6: Awareness raised on the role of civil society in promoting the educational inclusion of Roma children.
Project key stakeholders include Grass-root CSOs and professionals working with Roma populations, representatives from local authorities from the nine (9) targeted municipalities, Central authorities and decision makers and Roma leaders and families.
As far as the project’s impact is concerned, at technical level, the project will provide the target groups (CSOs and local authorities) with the know-how on designing, implementing and coordinating educational inclusive initiatives targeted at Roma children and their families at local level, based on cooperation mechanisms. At social level, the project, through its public large scale awareness raising campaign, will help change public mind-set, as it will advocate for a wider paradigm shift that recognises the necessity of non-discriminatory and equitable access of Roma children to quality education.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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