October 2013, 14-15
The ERNE partners met in Florence on the 14th
and 15th of October. The main purpose of the meeting was to review the
draft recommendations paper produced on the topic of Roma inclusion in
school and pre-school. The recommendation papers of the project will be
made available for public review and contributions in the near future.
Furthermore, with the help and expertise of Peter Hartel, progress
was made in developing a quality assessment framework to identify good
practices in Roma inclusion initiatives.
Finally, as part of the meeting and conference
on the second day, the project benefited from the input and
contribution of many external experts presenting best practices in Roma inclusion in the city of Florence and Italy in general.
One such good practice is the creation in 1993
of "Ludoteca" in the city of Florence. A "ludoteca" is a place for
parents to go with their children after school to play and exchange and
meet other parents/children from different backgrounds. The service is
provided free of charge under the supervision of animators who
specifically aim at fostering exchange and learn to live together. The
"la mondolfiera" ludoteca, for instance, regulartly welcomes 10 to 12
The exchange mostly happens with games
(outdoor and traditional games) and story telling where each community
has the opportunity to contribute and present the stories from his/her
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March 2013, 14-15
The second meeting of the ERNE project was held on the 14th and 15th of March in Slovakia. On that occasion, the project partners had the opportunity to experience first hand some good practices in Roma inclusion by visiting a local school for both Roma and non-Roma children in Kremnica under the supervision of Ján Hero, the school Director.
The school started its operations in September 2008 and is part of a larger approach to Roma inclusion in the fields of housing, employment, health, culture and education. Its aim is to:
- Set the right conditions for Roma students to develop by offering a quality education;
- Prepare students for university studies and the employment market;
- Fight against discrimination and poverty by providing support (travel cost, meals, health and hygiene, boarding facility…) to students and creating an open environment for both Roma and non-Roma (Slovak) students to get to know each other and socialise.
The curriculum includes all of the "traditional" Slovak curricula with additional courses in Romani language, culture and history which help to boost confidence of Roma children and gain a better understanding of their background and the reasons why they face discrimination.
For more information about the school, go here
January 2013, 15-16
kick-off meeting of the ERNE project (European Roma Integration good practice
exchange and policy network), was held in Graz, Austria on the
15th and 16th of January.
ERNE project, of which COFACE is a partner, aims at identifying,
exchanging and transfering good practices, developing policy recommendations
and raising awareness about Roma integration in the field of education. And
more specifically, in pre-school, vocational education and training, high
school and higher education (university).
project started officially in December 2012 and will run until November 2014.
main role will be to attend the various meetings to provide expertise and disseminate
the results of the project via its website, member organisations and lobbying
below, you will find the full list of partners of the project:
Zukunftsbau GmbH (Germany)
ERIO (European NGO)
Súkromné gymnázium Kremnica
Universitatea „Ştefan cel Mare” din Suceava
Facultatea de Stiinte Economice si Administratie Publica (Romania)
Formazione Co&So Network (Italia)
österreichischer Roma (Austria)
- Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (EU NGO)
Published on 25 Jan 2013
Updated on 07 Nov 2013