Successful experiences

All partners and the European Advisory Council collected successful educational experiences in promoting Roma education.

Successful educational experiences in this project are defined as those actions that have already been proved to contribute to school success and social inclusion at compulsory level education (pre-primary, primary and secondary education, including vocational and special education programmes within regular schools) in disadvantaged communities (INCLUD-ED Consortium. Actions for success in schools in Europe. Brussels: European Commission, 2009).

All the experiences collected had to respond to the definition mentioned above and had to include four criteria:
  • To have been developed in low income and disadvantaged communities;
  • To have relevant quantitative evidences in the improving of the Roma educational situation (e.g. official test scores, graduation rates, transfer to high school, etc.) in comparison to other communities that shared similar characteristic;
  • To have relevant qualitative evidences (e.g. satisfaction, recognition of the transformation undergone etc.) on how it reached the improvement;
  • To have been developed with a strong community participation.

In the selection process, these categories were used:

National viability strategies

National working groups, created under this project, in Spain, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Ireland have developed national viability strategies to transfer the selected successful educational practices to their countries.

Testimonies

After the selection of the successful practices, project partners collected the feelings, impressions and points of view of the actors involved in the selected successful experiences. We believe that this will make easier the experiences’ transferability and will encourage their implementation in other countries.

Report “The voices of the community. Actors involved in successful educational experiences promoting the integration of Roma in and through education
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.