The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe is pleased to announce it has been awarded European Union funding to launch a new programme to help integrate Roma preschool children in Croatian schools.
The CDRSEE is the lead non-governmental organisation and is cooperating with the Center for Peace, Legal Advice and Psychological Assistance of Vukovar, Croatia, to carry out the project titled, “Uniting Differences- fostering the integration of Roma preschool children”. The programme will take place in Medjimurje County in Croatia.
The funding was awarded under the call for proposals for the Integration of disadvantaged groups in regular education system, part of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) IV Component Human Resources Development Grant Scheme.
The aim of this project is the integration of Roma preschool children in the education system through the diffusion of new multicultural teaching methods, networking, access to information, and opened channels of communication with decision-makers. Working on the promotion of equal opportunities in access to education for Roma in Croatia, the two NGOs will help train the staff of preschool educational institutions to use and promote multicultural teaching methods as a means to support the social inclusion of Roma children. Through activities such as roundtables uniting local level actors and educational institutions and additionally by holding pilot teacher-training workshops to apply a chosen teaching methodology, the two NGOs aim to promote values of multiculturalism, tolerance and diversity along with social and personal skills to preschool children.
The IPA was designed so as to address the needs of the beneficiary countries within the context of pre-accession policy in the most appropriate way. Its main aim is to support institution-building and the rule of law, human rights, including the fundamental freedoms, minority rights, gender equality and non-discrimination, both administrative and economic reforms, economic and social development, reconciliation and reconstruction, and regional and cross-border cooperation.