Education for marginalised Roma children
An integration programme for Roma children and youth starts in Jarovnice, one of the largest Romani settlement in Slovakia.
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The EEA and Norway Grants support the Divé maky (Wild Poppies) project, a talent training programme that enrolls Roma children and youth from poor, deprived families in Slovakia to support their artistic development and education.
The programme normally relies on individual donations towards a specific child. But thanks to a €630,000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, the organisation PRO DONUM is able to initiate a large-scale pilot programme for 100 children in the Roma settlement in Jarovnice.
Jarovnice in eastern Slovakia is one of the country's largest Romani settlements and battles high levels of poverty and social exclusion. Half of the people living here are children under 15.
In the pilot project, 100 children aged 8 to 15 will get a chance to work closely with teachers, artists and social workers in order to develop their academic abilities and talents. 20-40 of these will be selected to pursue advanced activities including 2 summer academies. A social worker position will be established in the area and the children's families, school and local community will need to be involved. "It is very important to not only educate the children, but to also offer the family support and motivation," project coordinator Barbora Kohutikova said.
"Children from segregated Roma communities are given a unique opportunity to work on their education, dreams, and develop their talent through our support. It is really great to see how we are helping to build positive examples and how it is slowly changing the negative opinion of the Roma population", Kohutikova said.
SEE ALSO: A diary from the summer academy by Anka Podlesna
In August, more than 60 Roma youth took part in the Wild Poppies yearly summer academy. The summer camp allows the children enrolled in the programme to further develop their talents within music, acting, arts and crafts under the supervision of professional artists.
Wild Poppies - a chance for Romany talents from all Slovakia
Human resource development
Type & project assistance:
Type of institution:
EEA and Norway Grants
Grant agreement date:
26 June 2009
The purpose of the Project is to develop the Wild Poppies integration programme in the Roma settlement of Jarovnice in Eastern Slovakia, with the overall objective of providing educational and integration opportunities for Roma children to develop their skills and talent. Reference is made to the application dated 1 July 2008, and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
- implement the programme in Jarovnice;
- ensure participation of children from Jarovnice in the programme's summer Academy;
- develop a handbook for trainers and youth for the introduction of the programme specifically targeted at Jarovnice;
- management and publicity.
The Project promoter is PRO DONUM.
The Focal Point shall ensure that the Government of the Slovak Republic provides at least 10 percent of the estimated eligible Project costs.