Short Description of the Project
The Romaní Community is the ethnic minority group in Europe with the highest population. According to data from the Spanish Romaní Union, there are 12,000,000 Romŕ in Europe and this number will increase with the upcoming incorporation of Central and Eastern European countries. Due to the multi-level discrimination that they suffer, there is an extremely high percentage of adult illiteracy within the European Romaní population. In the case of Romaní women this situation is aggravated due to the exclusory effects that occur in the dimension of gender. These exclusory factors set up many limits to the participation of Romaní women in different fields of society in spite of the growing Romaní women´s movement, which is gaining more and more importance.
The main recipients of the project are the Romaní women, as these women facilitate an efficient way of reaching their entire Community as well as European society in general. It will be the Romaní women, who will participate, coordinate and implement the activities of the projects ourselves, sharing the tasks within these social groups.
Why this Project?
Faced with the socio-economic situation of newly incorporated countries and the exclusion that Romŕ people suffer, it is forecast that within a few years millions of Romŕ people will be forced out into different European locations and will start a migratory process in search for better living conditions. For this reason, it is necessary that adult education centres are prepared to respond to the training demands of these people and offer the necessary tools that will allow them to live in conditions of equality within our society.
On the other hand, the Romaní language, which was a means of communications for the entire Romaní Community, was prohibited in Spain many centuries ago and this factor has lead to a near complete extinction of the language. This project contributes to the promotion of learning the Romaní language in Spain on the behalf of not only the Romŕ population but also the non-Romŕ for intercultural co-existence and an enrichment of the countries and cultures of asylum.
The main objectives of the project are the following:
1. To investigate the didactic material and units about culture and the Romaní language for adults in Europe
2. To encourage the European Romŕ people to participate in adult education.
3. To improve the adult education for Romŕ people that is already being developed in Europe.
4. To promote the learning of the Romaní language within Europe.
5. To include the voices of the European Romŕ people in the production, design and implementation of the didactic materials for adults.
6. To favour the co-existence and cultural exchange between Romŕ and non-Romŕ people.
7. To contribute to the overcoming of social stereotypes in regards to Romŕ people.
8. To include the Romaní culture into the construction process of the European identity.
Proposed Highlights of the Project
The project wants to stress the importance of involving the Romŕ people in the creation process of didactic materials. Through our association and the different meetings about education that we organise, the forums and the contributions from the other members of the consortium, we will establish a communication channel between the demands of the Romaní Community and the adult education centres.
We want to emphasise the potential impact for the recognition and appreciation of the Romaní culture on the behalf of the mainstream European society. Through the project, knowledge about this thousand year-old culture is increased and likewise, their contribution made to the construction of the European identity is more widely known and as a consequence, social prejudices and stereotypes towards this sector of European citizens are being overcome.
Faced with the extreme urgency in regards to the discrimination suffered by the Romaní population, the materials developed by the consortium will contribute to the overcoming of barriers in the access to a quality education that allows them to compete in the current labour market, accessing participation and information channels and as a consequence, allowing them to overcome the exclusory situation that they find themselves in.
We want to highlight the impact that the presence of adult Romŕ participants produces on adult education centres, their contribution to intercultural co-existence and the knowledge of other customs and languages.