12.06.2013 PROJECTS

ROM-ACT kick-off meeting: insight of the roma people's life in Catalonia

From the 16th to the 17th May 2013, EAEA participated in the kick-off meeting of ROM-ACT, a project which aims at widening access to non-formal and informal learning validation system among Roma women in Europe in order to strengthen their educational, social, and labour inclusion.

The meeting took place in Barcelona and was the occasion to discuss the activity-plan of the project; to get know the other projects´ partners and their institutions; and to have an insight of the roma people´s life in Catalonia. Instrumental for that was the meeting with meeting with some roma organization representatives from the neighbourhood of La Mina, a peripheral and poor district of the city where around 4,000 roma people live.

Rom-Act, through the upcoming activities and results, wants to improve also their condition:

"We are sure that this project will contribute to improve the situation of the Roma community in Europe, and especially the situation of Roma women," explains Ana Contreras Fernandez, President of the Romani Association of Women Drom Kotar Mestipen.

"Hundreds of Roma women dreamed about this project during the I International Roma Women Congress, which was held in Barcelona in 2010 and brought together more than 300 Roma women from all over Europe," she continues.

Rom-Act aims at improving validation systems

The main objectives of the project are to improve the current non-formal and informal validation systems in Europe, bringing them closer to the needs of non-academic people and disadvantaged groups as Roma community and to increase the access of non-academic people to the non-formal and informal learning validation systems.

"One of the most important features of this project is that roots non-academic Roma women of several ages and backgrounds will have an active role in all its phases," says Natalia Fernandez, project manager at the Drom Kotar Mestipen coordinator of the project.

Follow the developments of this innovative project in the dedicated page on EAEA website!

Text: Francesca Operti