Roma women are a particularly vulnerable group in the field of equality, with almost no opportunity to access the labor market, high levels of illiteracy and without any educational qualifications that promote their social and labor inclusion.
In order to overcome these serious barriers, we must deconstruct the prejudices and stereotypes that society has assigned us, but above all establish an accessible and adapted adult education, since this educational branch is especially important to provide equal opportunities for all citizens, and unfortunately many Roma adults were unable to access school as children or did not finish it.
That is why the project "EDUCATION REQUIRES OUR POINT OF VIEW: Educational materials for the training of Roma women through peer learning" promotes important improvements and innovations in the field of adult education, and intends to help schools promote the educational progress of Roma students through an open methodology and educational resources that allow them to collaborate with each other and develop study habits and skills that allow them to reengage in the regulated adult education system.
Also, this project aims to strengthen a European network of adult training entities and Roma women associations that work for their inclusion and empowerment. It was created in 2018, and since then it has shown great international impact capabilities; the promoters of this project will continue to improve their networking and the internationalization of their projects.
All these activities and project results that are being created by and for Roma women are based on a participatory methodology focused on non-formal and informal education, with the objective of making the learning process more appealing, motivating the participants, involving them in it, and promoting peer learning, in addition to turning young Roma women themselves into the main characters of the project, since they are who design and develop the training materials and manage the whole project.
The methodology for the creation of these educational resources will be an important part of the process of developing the competences of the participants, with the intention of developing the educational skills of Roma women through their creation itself. It is based on the PEER-TO-PEER TUTORING methodology, widely used in many countries both in formal and non-formal education, and recommended by education experts such as UNESCO as one of the most effective teaching-learning practices for a high quality education (Topping, 2000).
This project develops this method, adapting it to the specific characteristics and barriers of Roma women and adult education, and complementing it with the development of the empowerment and self-confidence of the participants and the recognition of the value of the effort and sacrifice of the peer, so both have access to educational objectives.
O1 – ONE FOR THE OTHER: COOPERATIVE LEARNING METHOD FOR ROMA WOMEN THROUGH SHARED ITINERARIES.
ONE FOR THE OTHER is a learning method specifically designed to answer to the needs and barriers imposed on Roma women. It is a cooperative learning method based on the creation of asymmetric pairs of Roma women, in which the participants themselves will sometimes take on the role of teacher and others of student, according to their skills. The teacher will tutor a training itinerary compatible with the Basic Course I of adult education, managing to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to access regulated adult education..
A MANUAL will be drafted, addressing 6 essential aspects:
- EMPOWERMENT AS THE BASE OF EDUCATION: ROMA FEMINISM.
- DESCRIPTION OF THE MORKING METHOD.
- DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKSHOPS OR STUDY SESSIONS.
- TIPS TO ACCESS THE CLASSROOM.
- ADAPTATION TO OTHER COLLECTIVES.
O2 – DIGITAL ARGIRÚ: OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES TO CREATE A COOPERATIVE LEARNING ITINERARY.
We are creating DIGITAL ARGIRÚ, a media library with a series of OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (OERs) specifically adapted to the beneficiary group and to the official courses of "Beginning programs for basic adult literacy and education" or their European equivalents. These will consist of high-quality audiovisual educational materials taught by Roma women themselves, to facilitate the access and understanding by the beneficiaries, since they are created by them and allow them to develop their skills in mathematics, digital skills, and literacy, introducing the culture of Roma women as a historical topic, sparking their interest, and helping the rest of the students to break the prejudices and stereotypes the discrimination suffered by Roma women is based on.
M1: LET'S GET STARTED! - Held ONLINE on the 7th May 2021.
This meeting took place at the end of the Preparation stage and helped us finish signing the Partnership Agreements and supervise and evaluate the work carried out in said stage.
The main objective of the meeting was to advance in the implementation stage, being effective when developing all the results, since the project suffered a slight delay due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19 and because various activities that were planned to be carried out in person had to be done online (like this very meeting).
Lastly, we can add that despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19, and having had to virtualize this activity, we consider that all the objectives set for this first transnational meeting were achieved, all the partner organizations participated, and all the planned topics were worked on in depth, to advance in the completion of the project.
M2: HOW ARE WE GOING? - Held at Bucharest (Romania), on the 2nd October 2021.
The main objectives of this second transnational meeting were to monitor the progress of the project and carry out an on-site evaluation to detect any problems that might have arisen and correct them. We focused on implementing actions to alleviate the slight delay that occurred in the execution of the project due to COVID-19.
Another objective was to continue advancing in the development of the Intellectual Output O1: "ONE FOR THE OTHER: COOPERATIVE LEARNING METHOD FOR ROMA WOMEN THROUGH SHARED ITINERARIES", by sharing the progress made by each partner organization and working on them together.
Regarding the second Intellectual Output "O2 - DIGITAL ARGIRÚ: OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES TO CREATE A COOPERATIVE LEARNING ITINERARY", the contents and types of audiovisual file formats were defined, and the progress made by each organization was reviewed.
Lastly, we can only add that it was possible to meet the objectives set in this second transnational meeting, as we extensively discussed the points to work on in formal, non-formal, and informal spaces, but the meeting also allowed us to consolidate the ties of trust and friendship between the people involved in the project.