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School and local community for inclusion of Roma children

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Source of Funding: Swiss - Latvian Cooperation Programme 2009-2012
Program: NGO Fund of Swiss - Latvian cooperation program

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The project aims to promote the Roma children's inclusion and integration into mainstream education and integration of their families, especially the Roma seniors, in society, promoting cooperation and intercultural dialogue for reduction of the social disparity. 
The target group of the Project is one of the most discriminated Latvian ethnic groups - the Roma children and seniors.
Project activities are aimed at developing of the inclusive support system for Roma children, youth and seniors: public debates, adult education seminars, workshops, multicultural class establishment, work of teacher assistants’ -Roma, creation of the Roma parents and seniors support centres, exhibition, consultations, developing of the cooperation among local municipality-NGOs-educational institution, etc.
As the main results of the project are planned: promoting the inclusion of Roma children in education system and integration of the Roma parents and seniors in society, trained teachers and municipal workers, developed local initiatives groups,  informed public, promoted cooperation between NGOs and local government, eliminated negative stereotypes against Roma, increased Roma self-esteem and encouraged their active citizenship. Project geographical area is four cities and one county with a population of Roma ethnic community (the average share of Roma in these cities -2%).
The necessity of the project is based on the EU and the Latvian documents for accessibility of the equal and quality education, tolerant society, civic participation and human rights;  within the project these ideas  are combined with specific activities how to put the ideas into practice and promote well beyond the project duration and locations.

Priority: Akadēmiskie pētījumi
Target group: Children,Young people
Legal status of Project Promoter: Association/Foundation
Region: Zemgale Region,Jēkabpils
Amount of Grant Awarded: 81426.42 LVL / 115 859.36 EUR
Project number: 2010.CH04/mac-41
Project Promoter: Society "Center for Education Initiatives"
Partner(s): Jūrmala city council; Jelgava municipal authority "Jelgavas izglītības pārvalde"; county education department of Talsi
Start date of project: 01.01.2011.
Project finish date: 30.06.2012.
Place of implementation: Jūrmala, Jelgava, Tals county, Valmiera, Jēkabpils
Legal address: Rīgas st. 216 b, Jēkabpils, LV-5202
Phone: 65235635; 26306704
Fax: 65235635