Ready Set Go! - Increasing Early Childhood Development Outcomes for Roma Children

Course on “Inclusive Education and Intercultural Communication”

20151211_135437 20151210_113223“Every child should have equal opportunities to play, learn and develop according to her/his potential. “During 8-11 December 2015 it was organized in Bucharest a training session on the theme of Inclusive education destined to the staff involved in preschool education. The training session is part of the “Ready Set Go!’’ project that aims to increase early childhood development outcomes for Roma children, financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 in the framework of the RO 25 Poverty Alleviation Program in Romania. The participants at the training session were the educators and the mediators from the 11 project localities. During the training, the participants acquired skills in order to appropriately provide educational services for preschool children and gained knowledge on multiculturalism, identity, educational environment in the kindergarten (as a reflection of the cultural community of the children), crisis management and the relationship between the kindergarten representatives and the parents.

Also, during the training session, there were discussed the potential communication barriers between educators and parents, and there were exercised means on how to create the set-up of an intercultural kindergarten. At the end of the training session, the participants gained extensive knowledge on inclusive education, the distinctions between concepts such as culture-cultural identity, multicultural-intercultural, stereotype-prejudice and discriminatory behavior. The training modules taught at the training sessions are part of the updated version of the National Program for Early Education (PETI) of the Ministry of Education, adapted to the context of the project.

First Day of the Kindergarten – Ready, Set, Go!

12357175_1644595822475952_8413206113728911937_o12371025_1646025445666323_2898998025408376361_oIn December 2015, the kindergarten program started in 8 of the 11 project localities. The program includes in the kindergarten those children who otherwise would not have had access in the kindergartens in the communities. In each group, there will be included approximately 20 children for each school year, who will participate in the kindergarten program of the project. The educational services offered are similar with those offered by the education public service, realized with the support of a pre-school educator and mediator. The program will take place 5 days per week in each from the project communities, being functional until the end of the project – April 2017.

In December 8 of the 11 project localities opened the doors for the children from Traian, Cazanesti, Silindru, Dumbrava, Ineu, Huseni, Beica de Jos and Deaj. In the other 3 localities of the “Ready Set Go!’’ project (Budesti, Galbinasi and Romanesti), the kindergarten program will open in January 2016. The beginning of the kindergarten marks also the beginning of the entire educational programs, which will take place in the communities of the project, and which focus on both the children and their parents.

About Kindergarten Program

logo-b2The program has the purpose to create kindergarten groups for children who are not included in the local kindergartens of the communities.

The educational services offered in each kindergarten place are the same with those one offered by the public services, implemented by a Preschool Teacher and a Preschool Mediator, in each 14 kindergarten places.

All the kindergartens will be equipped with new furniture, educational materials, toys, games, and playground will be created.