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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A further step to let the Roma youth be heard


Proposed by an Italian NGO, GSI – Gruppi di Solidarietà Internazionale, this project
originates from ‘Let the Roma youth be heard’, which had been funded by the ‘Leonardo’
programme. It focused on facilitating the Roma population in making its voice
heard, sharing its cultural traditions and reporting on their very poor socio-economic
conditions. Through participation in a technical training on journalism, the production
of a twice-monthly e-magazine and the publication of a report collating the eight
most interesting e-magazine editorials, 40 young Roma aged between 18 and 30
enhanced their capacities in reporting on their status. Through this GSI ITALIA was
able to identify a number of effective working methods.

The overall objective of ‘A further step to let the Roma youth be heard’ is to contribute
to strengthening the participation of 30 young Roma operating as youth workers and
coming from five European Union Member States (Italy, Greece, United Kingdom,
Poland and Czech Republic) and Turkey. This will take the form of a training course
on journalism held in Spoleto, Italy, and led by a professional journalist with the
technical support of the association Informatici senza Frontiere‘s Tuscany section.

The first target, i.e. 30 people working with the Roma community, will organise a
training course in their respective countries for 20 more young Roma people on their
return. The plan is therefore to facilitate the transfer of competencies in journalism
and of communication tools to European youth workers and young Roma so that
they may communicate more efficiently and improve their participation in the social
and political life of European society.

Coordinator: GSI – Gruppi di Solidarietà Internazionale – Italia, IT
Tel.: +39 074349987 | E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |
Contact Person: Mr Marco Ciapparelli


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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