The project TERNO (Teachers Education for Roma New Opportunities in School) is a project co-financed by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission (Key Activity 1: Roma Multilateral Projects) which aims to set up and implement special support centres in order to support the Roma children that attend the last classes of the elementary school to complete primary education and pass on to the secondary education.

The general objective of the project is to prevent the early school leaving of the Roma children and support the Roma children to move from the elementary to the secondary education. The project aims to improve the participation/maintanance in school for children with low living standard by overpassing the lack of interest towards traditional learning methods. The specific objective with which the general objective will be achieved is through the training of the teachers (or teaching assistants) that are teaching Roma in order to support the Roma children to complete the elementary education.

The main result that the TERNO project has developed are Centres for the provision of supplementary education for Roma children that are completing the elementary education and are preparing to pass to the secondary education. The organization of these centres was based on a methodology which has included all the important elements in order to help teachers of Roma children to better support children that attend the last classes of the school to complete elementary education and pass to the secondary education.

The consortium of the project is multi-actor, it has a great experience in the field and it has complementary competencies. It is constituted from 6 partners from 5 countries (Greece, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Romania). In the project they participate, 3 Roma Associations, one NGO led by Roma, a Research Institute which is specialized in the education research for the Roma people and an organization specialized in the development of research methodologies and management of LLP projects.

Tab 1 The Project

Tab 2 General Objectives and Activities

Tab 3 Main Results

Tab 4 Partners

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Education and training are essential to the development of today's knowledge
society and economy, and this is recognised by all decision-makers
at all levels. High-quality pre-primary, primary, secondary, higher and
vocational education and training are fundamental to Europe's success.
In a rapidly changing world, lifelong learning needs to be a priority – it is the key to
employment, economic success and allowing people to participate fully in society.

With each EU Member State responsible for its own education and training systems,
Union-level policies are designed to support national actions and help address common
challenges such as: ageing societies, skills deficits amongst the workforce, and
global competition. These areas demand joint responses and countries can benefit
from sharing experiences. Social inclusion in general and Roma’s improved inclusion
in education in particular belong to these transversal concerns, which are addressed
both in terms of policy and programmes.

The policy dimension explicitly targeting Roma communities includes the two Communications
issued by the European Commission in 2011 and 2012 to provide a
framework for national strategies for Roma inclusion described earlier. The programme
dimension refers to the funding schemes offered by the various sub-programmes of
the Lifelong Learning programme 14. General calls under these sub-programmes (e.g.
Comenius, Leonardo, and Grundtvig) have already benefitted some Roma communities
in addressing the obstacles found in education by the most disadvantaged groups in
society. Now, since 2011, there are specific calls for proposals that are ‘explicitly but
not exclusively targeting’ Roma communities in the ‘transversal’ part of the Lifelong
Learning programme. A short summary of projects selected and funded so far under
the 2011 and 2012 specific Roma calls is given in the following pages, with a view to
guide and inspire potential stakeholders envisaging the elaboration of proposals,
multilateral partnerships or networks that may contribute significantly to the implementation
of policies for better inclusion of Roma in education at all levels.

Source: Roma and Education: Challenges and Opportunities in the European Union

© European Union, 2012


This project is co-funded by the European Commission. This publication reflects the views of the author only and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained therein.

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