About project

The project ''Earlier inclusion of Roma children in education system'' – pilot project ''Let's go to  kindergarten'' is implemented within the IPA pre-accession support programme as part of  Component IV: Human Resources Development.

It is implemented within the grant scheme “Integration of disadvantaged groups in regular education system’’. The Roma population is poorly  included into pre-school education, and its members frequently fail to finish elementary school  education. A better effectiveness in Roma education would be achieved if Roma children were  included into pre-school programmes already at the age of 5. 

Apart from the main user, the Kindergarten Čakovec, two other partner organisations cooperate on  the project as partners: Association of Pre-school Educators ''Krijesnice'' and the Development  Agency of the Municipality of Čakovec, Čakra Ltd

The implementation began on the 22nd of August 2013, and the foreseen duration of the project is  18 months. Throughout the implementation period various activities are to be organised. 

The total budget of the project is 178,500 Euros, with 135,660 Euros supplied by the European Union  (76%), while the main user's share amounts to the remaining 42,840 Euros (24%).

Goals of the project

The Roma population is poorly included into pre-school education. In most cases the members of this minority fail to complete elementary education. An improvement in the effect of the  education in the Roma population would be achieved if the children were included in pre-school programmes already at the age of 5. The goals of the project: 1. Raising the level of language knowledge, cultural and social skills of Roma children through early inclusion into the educational system (target group of 40 Roma children at the age of 5 – Activity 1 – Education of Roma children)  2. Raising the parents' awareness of institutional aspects of education and care for Roma children ( target group: 40 Roma parents – Activity 2 – Support for Roma national minority parents through interactive workshops) 3. Instruction on the Roma way of life for the educators and assistants, and finding optimal ways of supporting the integration of Roma children into the regular educational system (target group: 100 educators, assistants and staff – Activity 3 – Training for educators and Roma assistants) 4. Raising awareness of participants and target groups on the need and importance of earlier inclusion of Roma children into the educational system – children from the age of 5  (all target groups and end users  Activity 4)

Activities of the project

The activities of the project: 1. Educating Roma children from the age of 5 1.1. Furnishing two rooms in the Kuršanec Roma Centre – supplying didactic toy kits, supplying furniture (74 pieces). Partners responsible for implementing activities:  Results:  1 package of didactic toys was supplied, consisting of 217 pieces; furniture was supplied for two rooms consisting of 74 pieces of furniture in total– cabinets, shelves, a table, chairs.  Research – analysis of the current state of 5 year-old Roma children – knowledge of language, social skills, cultural skills, in order to assess progress by the end of the project. Results: 1 Research- analysis; two testing points for the target group (40 Roma children at the age of 5) – one before beginning the project activities and one after the activities are implemented. 1.2. Inclusion of Roma children into kindergartens through the pilot project ''Let's go to kindergarten''– learning the Croatian language through play, increasing social, cultural, emotional and motor skills of the children, development of character and  creativity, excursions, swimming school etc. The 40 children were divided into two groups of 20 children, each group including an educator and a Roma assistant employed for the requirements of the project for 12 months. Results: 40 Roma children included into two educational groups, two excursions, 3 months of swimming training, 4 cultural programmes, employment of 2 educators and 2 Roma assistants.  2. Support for Roma national minority parents through interactive workshops 2.1. Organizing the Info day for parents whose children are included in the kindergarten activities encompassed by the project– including parents in interactive workshops with the topic of psychosocial development of children. Results: 1 Info day for the parents, with 40 Roma parents attending, and 5 experts participating (psychologist, doctor, 2 educators and a kindergarten principal) 2.2. Workshops for supporting parenting - 10 interactive workshops supporting parenting throughout a 10-month period (the topics of the workshops are in the Application form). Results: 10 workshops, 40 Roma parents, lecture materials, 3 lecturers included 3. Training for educators and Roma assistants 3.1. Organising training workshops for the lecturers –  training for 20 educators and 4 Roma assistants in quality work with Roma children during the project and in the future 3.2. A symposium for experts in the field of multiculturalism and rights to equal opportunities– intended for all experts in the field of multiculturalism and rights to equal opportunities in the Međimurje County. Two Croatian experts from the field of multiculturalism and rights to equal opportunities will be conducting the event and presenting examples of good and bad practices. Results: the symposium was held, 80 educators were trained, 6 experts were included in conducting the symposium (2 4. Project management and promotion of the project “Let's go to kindergarten!“ 4.1. Project management - Čakra will participate as a supporting institution in managing and administration of the project throughout the 18 months of its duration (participation in implementing activities and preparing reports on the progress of the project, coordinating project activities). Results: the project team, records from project team meetings, equipment required by the project team 4.2. Promotion of the project ”Let's go to kindergarten!“ – preparing project brochures, promotional film, cooperation with the local TV station, design and maintenance of the project web page, project promotional material, newspaper articles, initial and final conference of the project. Results: brochures, promotional material, TV show, project Internet page, project logo, folders, writing pads, pens, posters, article newspapers, initial and final conference of the project.

Project team

The project team was formed in accordance with planned needs as part of the project. The project team consists of professional and administrative staff:
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