Project MISTO

“This website was produced within the project “MISTO AVILEAN (in Romani, Welcome) Migration = Integration: Service Transfer Optimisation — MISTO” funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) through the Grant Agreement 809784 - MISTO - REC-AG-2017/REC-RDIS-DISC-AG-2017.

The project is implemented for 24 months, between 01.11.2018 - 30.10.2020, by Terre des hommes Foundation Romania in partnership with: Terre des hommes Foundation Hungary, Fundación Secretariado Gitano in Spain, Association des Flandres pour l'éducation des enfants et adolescents inadaptés (Afeji) in France. 

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PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED

Migrant Roma children face disruptive education ... due to lack of cooperation between sending/hosting schools … and to persistent racist attitudes and practices.

The economic migration of Romanian Roma increased after Romania joined the EU in 2007. In 2012, about a quarter of Roma households were found to have experienced travelling or living abroad, while over 60% of these had recently joined the migration movement. Most migration is circular, consisting of short periods of time (3-6 months) abroad (mostly to Spain and France), followed by returns. Within the migrating population, the research found that there was a high percentage of minors (17%). Together, these elements point to the disrupted character of the educational process for Roma children engaged in migration between Romania, Spain and France.

Studies indicate difficulties related to transnational cooperation between schools, amounting to returning Roma children not being able to register in schools due to lack of documentation previously attained from schools in migration destinations. Similarly, hosting schools may invoke the lack of language skills of Roma children to justify their non-enrolment.

Racist attitudes persist against the Roma in the countries targeted by Roma migration. Thus, Roma are perceived in negative terms by 41% of the population in Spain and 66% in France.

PROJECT ANSWERS

These problems are encountered by Roma children in everyday life as well as in statistics and studies. The project answers this through a complex set of responses, targeting parents' minds and souls, teachers' intervention capacity, institutional cooperation and high-level national regulations.

The project promotes the integration of Roma children in education by:

A mechanism for transnational cooperation in providing education to Roma children on the move in Romania, Spain and France.

A transnational cooperation mechanism will be created to support education professionals and institutions in places of origin and destination of Roma families on the move to ensure non-disruptive education for Roma children.

Strengthening the capacity of education professionals to provide non-discriminatory education to Roma children on the move.

Education professionals will be provided with concrete tools and methods for ensuring non-discriminatory quality education to these children through a comprehensive training programme, stimulating mutual learning and cooperation through a transnational community of practice.

Combatting negative representations of Roma by means of a child-led campaign in Romania, Spain and France.

Prejudice-related difficulties in ensuring non-discriminatory education for Roma children on the move will be tackled through a child-led campaign.

PROJECT BENEFICIARIES

Institutional beneficiaries:

  • 30 schools (10 from Romania, 10 from France and 10 from Spain) are involved in the mechanism of cooperation;
  • 900 relevant institutions and organisations are informed about the project results;

Individual beneficiaries:

  • 30 educational professionals are trained and they are disseminating information to other 300 teachers in schools; 240 specialists participate to webinars;
  • 200 Roma children are benefiting of the schools' cooperation;
  • 300 teachers, 300 parents, 150 pupils and 300 other individuals are participating to the child lead campaign against Roma discrimination.