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Two Cultures – One Pre-School

Counteracting exclusion Completed
Angelus Silesius House, Wrocław, Poland
2014-09-01 - 2016-04-30
308 236,83 PLN
272 715,66 PLN
Roma, family
Project description
Change in the criteria of admission process to kindergarten in 2014 gave priority to children with fewer opportunities (e.g. from large families). Romani children got an opportunity to start preschool education. But neither kindergartens nor the families were ready for this.
The aim of the project was to counteract exclusion of Romani children through preparing Romani families for starting preschool education by the youngest children, preparing kindergartens for accepting culturally diverse children and creating the children integration model in public kindergartens in Wrocław and Kamienna Góra.
Thanks to the project realization 9 kindergartens i 3 preschool facilities got prepared for acceptance of Romani children. 27 children from 19 Romani families benefited preschool education.
During the preparation process, a study visit in Norway was organized. 25 preschool teachers from 12 facilities took part in 2 cycles of workshops on cultural diversity and sensitivity, Romani culture, counteracting discrimination and communication skills. 2 caregivers of Romani families tried to convince the families to take part in the admission process for kindergarten. 5 Roma assistants, who made sure the children attended the kindergarten, were trained and hired. 27 children from 19 Romani families started preschool education. In 12 kindergartens participating in the project Romani Culture Days were organized twice. In 108 preschool groups from 26 facilities open workshops on Romani culture for children and their parents (about 2700 persons) were conducted.
Dom Spotkań im. Angelusa Silesiusa prepared and ran trainings for teachers and integration activities for children and parents. Foundation Familijny Poznań and Integration Kindergarten No. 89 provided active participation of preschool facilities in the project. Stowarzyszenie Asystentów Edukacji Romskiej supported preparation of Roma assistants and their integration activities. Queen Maud University from Norway helped to arrange the study visit, which showed an example of a comprehensive system of incorporating minority culture in preschool education.
Beneficiaries of the project were 27 Romani children.
We use the grant for capacity building