Objectives, methodology and added value

Barabal Project aims at improving the access and stay in lifelong learning of Roma girls, youth and women in socio-economic disadvantage in Europe...

 

OBJECTIVES

Barabal Project aims at improving the access and stay in lifelong learning of Roma girls, youth and women in socio-economic disadvantage in Europe by integrating a gender approach into the policies, programmes and work methodologies related to improving education of Roma in social exclusion.

The general aims of the Project are:

  • To contribute to the improvement of levels of education access, stay and success of Roma population, especially female Roma population in social exclusion in Europe.
  • To contribute to the improvement of literacy and basic skills of Roma women in social exclusion.
  • To support policies, programmes and initiatives of prevention, monitoring and control of absenteeism and education failure of Roma girls in social exclusion.
  • To contribute to the access to lifelong learning of Roma girls and women in social exclusion in Europe.
  • To promote the stay and transition to following educational phases/stages of Roma girls, young and adult women in social exclusion.
  • To contribute to the awareness and empowerment of Roma women about their rights, skills and abilities to participate actively in their society and community.
  • To empower young Roma women and men as actors for change and equality within their community and environment.
  • To reinforce knowledge and awareness about Roma culture, history and diverse situation in Europe.

The project aims at contributing to the achievement of these general aims through the integration of gender equality analysis, mainstreaming and intervention and mediation programmes and practices with the following concrete objectives:

  • To analyse the access and stay of Roma population in social exclusion with a gender perspective.
  • To provide with the necessary guides, tools and methodologies to mainstream gender equality into the programmes and work methods related to education of the organisations addressing Roma.
  • To introduce the gender perspective into mediation with and by Roma.
  • To improve skills in gender equality and education mediation of educators and mediators.
  • To involve Roma women and men from the community in the promotion of gender equality and the importance of education and family involvement in the educational process, promoting a model of participation among parents and encouraging more family leadership.
  • To improve the relationship between Roma families and schools.
  • To reinforce the coordination between the different stakeholders and actors involved in education of Roma population and addressing Roma women and girls.
  • To create and consolidate positive male and female references/models for gender equality and education among young people from the Roma community.
  • To enhance the participation of Roma women and men in social exclusion in the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of programmes and work methodologies on education and gender.
  • To enhance the participation of Roma youth in social exclusion in the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of programmes and work methodologies on education and gender.
  • To design and implement an action plan of lifelong learning mediation and counselling in each territory.
  • To encourage and facilitate reflection about gender stereotypes and roles and co-responsibility within Roma community.
  • To promote habits of co-responsibility, conciliation and equality between Roma women and men.

METHODOLOGY

This project of transnational co-operation aims at developing in Europe measures for the mainstreaming of gender equality into education policies, programmes and work methodologies for Roma population in social exclusion improvement of access and stay in education in Europe.

The development of this project is focused in the design and pilot application of a methodology focused on the following key milestones:

  • Analyse/study from a gender equality perspective of access and stay of Roma population in social exclusion in lifelong learning in Europe.
  • Design of Guide for gender mainstreaming into education of Roma.
  • Pilot implementation of Guide by partner organisations.
  • Training about gender equality and lifelong learning mediation and counselling of professionals and mediators.
  • Working with families: attraction and creation of mixed teams involving Roma women and men from the community and training about gender equality and lifelong learning mediation and counselling of mixed teams created.
  • Working with teenagers: Involvement and training of Roma teenagers (young men and young women) as positive models in terms of education and gender equality.
  • To work and reflect on gender stereotypes and roles and issues related to emotions and relationships within the community.
  • Final design and publication of gender study and guide for gender mainstreaming with the inputs of the pilot implementation:    
    • Information provided from the field work to the gender study.
    • Recommendations from the field work to be integrated in the guide.
    • Dissemination and exploitation of the results.
    • In addition, the following methodology approaches are integrated through the project:
    • The integration of applied social research methods in order to feed the policy-making, programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation with the necessary information from the reality and context of intervention and related tools and indicators.
  •  The gender mainstreaming approach, with the visibility of gender dynamics and relationships and the integration of the necessary measures and work methodologies in order to respond to both specific needs of Roma women and men and strategic gender equality needs within Roma community.
  • The participative and bottom-up approach by facilitating the spaces and processes through the implementation of the project for Roma youth, families, the community and social actors to express, analyse and reflect on gender equality and propose the necessary measures and steps towards the building of a more equal model of life and learning opportunities for all. In particular, through the pilot phases of the project, the final products will be integrating the inputs from the fieldwork.
  • The improvement of knowledge, skills and competences of Roma women and men, mediators, professionals, educators and other key actors on gender equality.
  • The necessary coordination with all actors and stakeholders to achieve the goals of the project.
  • The leadership of Roma families and youth in the promotion of gender equality and awareness about the relevance of education.

ADDED VALUE

The European added value of this project is generated from the benefits that would not have been possible from a national, regional or local approach. It will help to compare and inter link information on all partners, across strands, themes and programming periods, enabling a wider and European picture to emerge.

The Project Roma GMG/Barabal is directly targeted as a pan-European project on the following levels:

  • To improve the access and stay of Roma girls and women in lifelong learning in Europe.
  • To integrate gender approach to solve needs and challenges identified by different organizations and stakeholders in Europe.
  • To identify policy gaps and synergies.
  • To facilitate a greater exchange of expertises, experiences and good practices among Roma organizations in Europe.
  • To valorise the diverse situation of Roma women in Europe and perspectives on gender equality.
  • To encourage the experiences’ transferability and their implementation in other countries. 

The importance of European cooperation lies with the need to generate methodologies applicable in any European context/country. The project will also benefit from European successful educational experiences promoting the integration of Roma in & through education with a gender approach. It will also create a common framework for all partners and common criteria in order to identify examples of success.

The benefits of European Territorial Cooperation have long been proven. The communication as a support for partners and target groups in their own regions, recognising cooperation as an important strategic development tool it will be crucial in this project. For this, the project will employ Web technologies that will enable simple sharing and collaboration across Europe. Young girls and boys will work on awareness campaigns on gender equality and education collaboratively across Europe.

Each partner participates in building the project resources, in the dissemination and exploitation of the results at European and national, regional and local levels.

They share their knowledge, experience, good practices and core professional skills, to their partners producing mutual benefit as their competences will be expanded in to new fields and their own skills and knowledge would be enhanced thanks to the interdisciplinary exchange that this partnership will create.

The dissemination strategy clearly will target all subject educators, authorities and associations at local, regional, national and Pan-European levels across Europe. Most importantly, the results of the project will be available in different languages and will be exploitable across all of Europe, and at all levels of education and social intervention with Roma community. The project will employ Web technologies that will enable simple sharing and collaboration across Europe. Young girls and boys will work on awareness campaigns on gender equality and education collaboratively across Europe.

Furthermore, a final Seminar will contribute and improve the dissemination of the successful experiences and the exchange between partners of methods and results that will remain online for longer.

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