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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EduRom: Promoting the access of Roma to LLP, VET and employment through family education in primary schools

This project elaborated by the Romani Association of Women
‘Drom Kotar Mestipen’ has a definite gender angle, which is
especially important given the patriarchal culture and structure
of Roma communities in general. Aiming to widen access to
Lifelong Learning programmes, and especially vocational educational
training, this project undertakes to improve employment perspectives
amongst Roma. This is achieved primarily by restoring dialogue and trust between
students’ parents and the schools, and the role of mothers is essential in building
confidence and investing in the children’s educational future. Families may often not
have the skills that their children need to acquire, such as literacy, mathematics and
ICT. It is therefore important to inform and advise families on access and the value
of education and adult learning for professional qualifications. Information is also
made available on certification, Lifelong Learning Programmes and Vocational
Educational Training).

Coordinator: Romani Association of Women ‘Drom Kotar Mestipen’, ES
Tel.: +34 933043000 | Website:
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Contact Person: Ms. Natalia Fernandez Alcala

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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