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Empowering Roma parents

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Sanja Brajkovic

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Sanja Brajkovicć
Open Academy Step by Step, Croatia
EMPOWERING ROMA PARENTS IN SUPPORTING THEIR CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION
SCHOOLS

no collaboration between schools/teachers and parents (‘Parents and school?! Always on the opposite sides of river!’)

teachers had low expectations of parents (‘Parents just don’t care for education of their children and that is not going to change’)

eachers had low expectations of children
To enhance cooperation between parents and school, the two sides that influence children’s lives the most.
The overall goal of the project is wellbeing and successful development and learning of children.
to contribute to the empowerment of Roma parents in supporting their children’s development and education

to contribute to the cooperation between school and parents in order to better support children’s learning and development

The aims are:
ONCE A WEEK (90 MIN.)
ABOUT 120 CHILDREN PER YEAR (more than 200 families and more than 300 family members participated)
wORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS ON LOCATIONS WITH MORE THEN 50% ROMA PUPILS
Empowering parents
UPBRINGING TOPICS
PRE-MATHEMATIC SKILLS
CONTENT OF WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS:
PRE-LITRACY SKILLS
TRAINING FOR PARENT FACILITATORS
EDUCATION FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS ABOUT PARENT INVOLMENT – Training on cooperation between school and parents
EDUCATION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
BRIDGEing the gap?
FAMILY MEMBERS

STEP FORWARD

3 key factors for high attendance and participation of parents:

to feel good/successful;

to get some kind of reward
(e.g. excursion);
to get support from each other


each community is different

all parents are interested in education of
thei
r children

each parent is capable of teaching his /her child

PERSISTANCE

Lessons learned (confirmed)

Look at the context
PARENTS

didn’t feel comfortable communicating with the school because of their own experiences

believed that they could not help their children learn and prepare for school

were coming to school only when problems arise
most of Roma CHILDREN are included in one-year preschool program.
BUT
poor home learning environment
At workshops parents get:

materials for work at home

picture books

other materials for children (pencils, crayons)
OPEN ACADEMY STEP BY STEP
OŠ Vladimira Vidrićca, Kutina,
OŠ Orehovica, Orehovica,
OŠ Dr. Ivana Novaka, Macinec,
OŠ Tomaša Goricanca Mala Subotica, Držimurec Strelec
pre-school teacher, primary teachers, Roma assistants, psychologist, principals
• are very satisfied with the workshops

• would like to continue attending the workshops even after their child goes to school

• think that other parents from their communities and other schools should attend these workshops

•Parents accentuated the following 3 aspects of the workshops that they liked:
1) The atmosphere at the wokshops – familiar, close, warm, open
2) Learning - about the content, new skills of supporting their children, education of a child
3) Discussion and free expression of the opinions
WORKSHOPS FACILITATORS
“There were always prejudices in our community between the Roma and the Croats. ‘Yours and Ours’. These workshops helped us to overcome it because we were together. And this would have the same effect on other people if they would participate.”
Mother, Macinec
feel that they have managed to create the change in parents, in children, and in themselves
feel that the level of trust between the school and the parents has significantly increased
the workshop has helped the parents to feel more self-confident and competent
they see the opportunity for networking as crucial for their work
"At the beginning of my work, I had too much of a teacher's attitude. I put demands for them, I worked for them, everything that I said was the best. I was not aware of this. I didn't know how to do things differently. Now I feel much more relaxed and I enjoy more in what I do.”
“My daughter was so happy when she got crayons from her teacher. That meant to her more than it would mean if I had bought her crayons.”
THANK YOU!
Experience in child-centered approach to education
Quality education for ALL children
Focus on minority children
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