Planning, organization and implementation of trainings
Activity 10: Planning, organization and implementation of trainings for teachers, social workers and other experts for the work with Roma children and youngsters with a stress on practical work experience
The concept of training teachers, social workers and other specialists for this project was established in a slightly different manner. At the sole planning of these trainings we want to create an active cooperation between university teachers, researchers and project participants who do practical work (educators and teachers, as well as experts in kindergartens and schools) and the members of the Roma community who present the Roma intelligentsia.
Our expert trainings are based on three working phases:
a) in the first phase we will encourage educators, teacher and other experts who cooperate in our partner-kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, as well as boarding schools (there are at least 20 of them), to write down their experience with Roma children, i.e. to write a diary. The content of it should be focused on the descriptions of different experiences (positive and negative ones) of working with Roma children and youngsters. About the goals of this measure, about how to write and where to put the stress in their diaries, the participants of our project will be informed at an introductory expert seminar.
b) In the second phase, there will be a common analysis and reflexion on the collected material – put together by participants who do practical work, as well as researchers. The results of this analysis will be:
- the presentation of the most critical challenges that all project collaborators face at their work;
- the elaboration of good solutions to these problems;
- the presentation of good practice examples at working with Roma children and youth;
- to deal with each single point of view of the inclusion of Roma children into the educational system;
- to deal with a broader context in which specific problematic situations appear.
After the completion of the analysis, several smaller workshops will be organized with the aim of establishing concrete suggestions for solving each single problematic situation at the work with Roma children and youngsters. The participants at these workshops will be teachers and other educational employees. With the help of a coordinator, some former Roma students and pupils, as well as Roma representatives of the local community and the authors of the analysis (about 20 participants), all above mentioned suggestions and experiences will be brought together. The product of this “workshop” which is meant for teachers and other employees within the school system, who besides their work have daily contacts with Roma children and youth, will be a manual for teachers and other employees who have daily working contacts with Roma children and youth.
c) In the last year of the project seminars will be offered (each for up to 25 participants) where concrete suggestions and experiences will be presented, collected in an analysis and in a manual. Besides that, the participants will be presented some possible examples of good practice and of the biggest obstacles in the field of education of the Roma population. The workshops will be coordinated by the authors of the analysis and the mentioned expert coordinator from outside of the project.