Title of the project:
“I Want To Go To School Too!”

The project is funded through the EEA Grants 2009-2014 under the NGO Fond in Romania. (www.fondong.fdsc.ro)

The aims of this project are to integrate Roma children from rural and urban parts of Bistrita-Nasaud County educationally and socially and to raise awareness of members of the local community on the issues facing Roma children and increase their direct involvement as volunteers in addressing them.

Project Objectives:

  • Social and educational integration of 115 Roma children from both rural and urban parts of Bistrita-Nasaud County by ensuring their access to education and preventing school abandonment by:
    • participating in after-school programs (1 day centre and 5 after-school programs)
    • development of socialization activities
    • involving parents in the children’s educational process
    • training staff members/personnel that will work with the children (specialists, teachers)
    • offering material support (nutritional supplements, school supplies, hygienic products)

    The program as a whole, containing 6 after-school programs, will function for an indefinite period of time. Preschoolers will join the Program at the beginning of the school year.

  • Raising awareness among the members of the community on the issues facing Roma children through the direct involvement of 52 volunteers in the project activities.

Beneficiaries:

Direct beneficiaries:

  • 115 children with social problems, most of them of Roma ethnicity, from which 70 children have frequented the program in previous years and 45 will be introduced to the program:
    • 15 children from Bistrita (12 have previously attended the Program, 3 will be enrolled in the program)
    • 15 children from the Viisoara neighborhood (11 have previously attended the program, 4 will be enrolled in the program)
    • 15 children from the Subcetate neighborhood (12 have previously attended the program, 3 will be enrolled in the program)
    • 15 new children from the Sarata neighborhood
    • 15 new children from the Slatinita neighborhood
    • 40 children from the Reteag-Poieni village (35 have previously attended the program, 5 children will be introduced to the program)
  • 90 parents of the child beneficiaries in the program – the number of parents is smaller than the number of children because there are groups of siblings in the program.
  • 9 specialists, employees of INOCENTI or of The Bistrita City Hall – that carry out activities in the after school programs and the day center.
  • 30 teachers from the schools attended by the beneficiaries.
  • 52 volunteers from the targeted communities, of which 22 were involved in the program in previous years and 30 will be new volunteers.

Indirect beneficiaries:

  • Minimum 1,000 non-Roma children, present or future pupils of the teachers trained within the project and their parents.

Project activities and the results achieved:

  1. Ensure the provision of furniture, equipment and supplies for the 6 programs (5 after-school programs and 1 day-centre ). Accomplished
  2. Identification and evaluation of the targeted children’s needs.
    • 75 Roma children newly identified;
    • 133 children evaluated in order to identify their needs;
    • 133 children have personalized intervention plan (PIP).
  3. Recruitment, training and involvement of the volunteers.
    • 41 new volunteers were identified;
    • 41 volunteers were trained;
    • 19 adult volunteers were trained as socio-educational animators;
    • 53 volunteers were involved in activities.
  4. Training the specialists, teachers and volunteers in socio-educational animation.
    • 2 specialists Inocenti Foundation employees working in after-school programs were trained as socio-educational animators;
    • 2 specialists Bistrita City Hall employees working in after-school programs were trained as socio-educational animators;
    • 24 teachers were qualified as socio-educational animators;
    • 29 volunteers were trained as socio-educational animators.
  5. After-school activities with the Roma children
    • 133 children participated in daily program, including early literacy activities, activities to develop independent life skills, recreation and leisure, social and educational activities and games;
    • 133 children benefited from material support;
    • we organized 3 day trips.
  6. Social activities for the beneficiaries
    1. 133 Roma children participated in social activities;
    2. 325 non-Roma children, indirect beneficiaries, participated in social activities;
    3. 48 non-Roma parents, indirect beneficiaries, participated in social activities;
    4. 17 meetings were organized between Roma children and non-Roma children;
    5. 7 meetings (picnics) were organized; participants: Roma children and their parents and non-Roma children and parents.
  7. Counseling, information and training for parents
    • 85 parents were informed, 26 parents were counseled;
    • 124 parents attended the trainings of “The parents’s School”.
  8. Audit of the organization­: the organization FI has been financially audited.

Partners:

Duration of the project:

1st of April 2014- 31st of March 2016

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The content of this web page does not necessarily reflect the official position of the EEA Grants 2009-2014. The whole responsibility for the accuracy and coherence of the information provided lies entirely with the website’s initiators.

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