ROMA: Real Opportunities - Methods & Activities for teachers working with ROMA students

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ROMA: Real Opportunities - Methods & Activities for teachers working with ROMA students

The Roma are the largest ethnic minority in Europe. Many of them suffer social exclusion, discrimination, poverty and unemployment. In addition, the majority of the Roma population have no access to education or healthcare. The European Commission has adopted an EU framework for national Roma integration strategies, to improve their social inclusion and integration in EU countries. Each member state has drafted its own national strategy to integrate the Roma and other disadvantaged groups. Although not all Roma can be considered disadvantaged, it is a fact that Roma people have often been marginalised and discriminated against, and is often the victims of racist and xenophobic attitudes. And how we do it, when we need to deal with these students? How can you help them to reach the academic purposes?

Although cultural and socio-economic contexts vary widely, the schooling of Roma/Gypsy children raises a whole series of problems in all the countries of Europe: limited access to schooling, patchy attendance, dropping-out, marginalisation and discrimination in schools, poor marks or failure - these are only some of the commonest.. The aim of the training course is to empower teachers working with disadvantaged groups, with skills and knowledge about inclusion which are important for building an inclusive school. It focuses to the need for professionals with the capacity to respond to the increasing cultural, linguistic and developmental diversity of Roma communities and describes the principles of inclusion and their application in educational settings

Based on formal, informal and non formal learning, our methodology will try to stimulate active participation, pro-activity, responsibility and sharing of problems and thoughts of all participants involved. In this way, we aim to build a diverse and stimulating environment for studying, reflecting and working. It has a horizontal and practical approach and will make use of the following tools: face-to-face lessons, study visits in inclusive centres, team-building and team-working, experiential learning, best practice case-studies, project working, driven simulations, role-play, study visits, focus-group, daily evaluation through self, group assessment, etc

-to teach how to reduce the educational gap between the Roma population and the non Roma students
-to identify the type of education required for Roma, in the light of the particularities of the Roma community and its ensuing needs
-to create a strategy to raise awareness about Roma culture among the other students
-to develop and appropriately apply knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to inclusive education and the contexts in which it takes place
-to promote quality education models that develop life skills among Roma students
-to increase chances to get involved in order to avoid exclusion of Roma
-to develop new specific competences regarding social inclusion
-to raise motivation and interest work with disadvantaged students
-to learn new social inclusion tools and methods of work in order to educate all learners effectively
-to learn new non-formal education activities and techniques in order to better integrate of ROMA students in the classroom
- to use new mediation and negotiation tools in the fight against exclusion of people with fewer opportunities
-to exchange practices and experiences on various aspects and perceptions of marginalization and inclusion
- to develop an European research regarding best practice strategies of supporting Roma students integration and school community wellbeing

The programme is designed on learning modules. The detailed agenda will be given after pre-registration.
Day 1
Intercultural issues. Connection between culture and inclusion. How to communicate in order to create a positve climate in the classroom. Introduction to Roma culture. A clear, basic understanding of exclusion and inclusion. Principles of inclusive education. Aims and objectives of inclusive education.
Day 2
Inclusive Education: The research-basis for inclusive education regarding Roma students in Europe. Need and importance. Reforms in curriculum. Barriers in inclusive education. Cross-ministerial strategies. Analysis of case studies of inclusive practices of Roma students in schools and classes. Exchange practices and experiences on various aspects and perceptions of marginalization and inclusion. Storytelling and no formal education tools aimed at social inclusion
Human rights regarding social inclusion in school. Tackling discrimination The impact regarding social inclusion in schools. How to engage Roma parents and local stakeholders.
Day 4
Different ways in which inclusive educational practices build a school's capacity to educate all learners effectively: Differentiated instruction that increases student engagement. Academic supports that help each student access the full curriculum. Behavioural supports that help maintain a positive learning environment for everyone. Respect for diversity.
Day 5,6
Non formal and formal education and social inclusion. Non formal education tools aimed to support Roma students: Living library, Forum Theatre, Caruso, Sensory Labyrinth Theatre, Photo voice, Euro-rail a la carte.
Conflict in classroom. Management styles of conflict. Mediation and negotiation tools in the fight against exclusion of people with fewer opportunities.
Motivation; Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation; Strategies to prevent school drop-put and engage students; Measures concentrate on student; GROW Model - method for goal setting and problem solving.

Day 7
10 different ways to avoid bullying. Activities based on a very good overview and practical experience of tools through individual work, working groups and collective work regarding social inclusion.

Day 8
Roma Education Initiative common strategy. Future steps and networking Planning, support and commitment. Planning the follow up: future projects together. Course evaluation. Releasing of official course certifications.

BEFORE: Every participant will have to fill a questionnaire which helps the trainers to customize the course to better fit their needs. Attendants will get instructions and material which will help them to be prepared for the courses needs.
AFTER: The participants will get material which includes information about all the areas covered at the course,lesson plans , all the produced outcomes of the course, useful links and more.

At the end of the course, each participant will be awarded with the Europass Mobility Certificate, together with a descriptive certificate of attendance. Both documents will be provided in double language. (course language and participant national language)

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New Horizons Malta
Stavanger, Norway

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