EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. SECOND ROUND TABLE.

Through education – to socialization
There are many aspects of Roma socialization. However, one of the key factors is getting an education. And this is not about the higher education – at least the secondary. After all, according to opinion polls, a quarter of Roma do not know how to read and write. Roma teenagers often drop out of high school due to early marriages. So in the second round table with our partners we talked about how we can promote education among the Roma community in Transcarpathia.
In addition to the project partners, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Children’s Service of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration, the Department of Education of the Uzhhorod City Council, heads of educational institutions of Uzhhorod and Perechyn communities, leaders of the Roma communities.
Thus, our grantees are working on projects related to career guidance for Roma adolescents, prevention of early marriages, development of young children and their parents, introduction of Roma assistants, as well as demonstration to society of positive examples of Roma families and more. As a result, the best of them will receive funding for their projects.
An interesting opinion was voiced during the round table by the director of the Intellect Lyceum of Secondary School No. 11 Natalia Makara: But they already identify themselves as Ukrainians. And they demand such treatment as citizens of Ukraine – this is about equality. We are very pleased because it helps them to join the team and feel equal. ”
Among the topical issues is also distance learning, as not all children have gadgets, and overcoming the language barrier.
Svitlana Yakimelina, Head of the Children’s Service, drew attention to the new challenges in the field of preschool and school education of Roma children related to the process of decentralization and the formation of communities. In particular, she stressed the need for outreach and training officials responsible for the early development and education of children in newly created local communities. We will tell about it in more details later.
Let’s move on!