The ROM-ACT project entered the active phase

Mon 07 Oct 2013 02:05:00 PM EEST

ROM-ACT partners have started the project activities by drafting national reports on the status quo of their national validating systems, paying particular attention to the obstacles that the Roma and Irish Travellers women might have to face undertaking formal and non-formal learning.

National information will be put together to draft a European report, which will underline the main challenges for the validation systems in Europe and suggest changes for increasing their inclusiveness. The national reports will be validated by two discussion groups which are organised by each partner: one with one Roma women and one with adult education providers and civil society organisation.

An important objective of the project is indeed to encourage centres for adult education and civil society organisations to support non-academic women in the process of informal and non-formal learning validation.

EAEA´s role in the project

Also EAEA has to do its part in that by organising a discussion groups to provide input for the European report and this is why it has launched a call for contributions among its members. People working in and interested in the field of validation and inclusiveness are invited to contact the EAEA Project Officer, Francesca Operti.

We believe this could be very interesting for the EAEA members. Indeed the input collected will have a real impact on the improvement of the European validation systems in terms of inclusiveness because the National and European reports will be widely disseminated to policy makers through a lobbying campaign.

Furthermore EAEA is responsible of the project´s valorisation which includes the creation of the project promotional material and the organisation of a big conference in Brussels in November 2014. In that regard, the project consortium has just agreed on the logo, and is now working on a user-friendly and multilingual website which will be ready at the end of November. Soon the consortium will start an awareness raising campaign on national and European level which will be coordinating by EAEA as well.

Project´s next steps

After developing the above-mentioned products, the project consortium will start involving ROMA and Travellers women in the validation process (10 per country) in order to contribute concretely to the promotion of the access of non-academic women to the national systems of validation of informal and non-formal learning.

This will allow establishing good practices and success experiences as a reference point for other non-academic Roma women to validate their informal and non-formal learning and thus to improve their social inclusion and the access to the lifelong learning.

The project started in January 2013 and will end in December 2014. It is co-financed thanks to the Lifelong learning programme of the European Commission, under the Grundtvig actions.

Text: Francesca Operti