Inclusion of Roma Children in Primary School
Ready Together: Inclusion of Roma Children in Primary School
In Croatia Roma children drop out of primary school twenty times more often than their non-Roma counterparts. This significantly reduces their chances in life and closes the circle of poverty.
The aim of the programme Ready Together is to achieve more successful inclusion of Roma children in primary education, which is a necessary precondition for their future equal participation in society. The programme in Sisak and Slavonski Brod, implemented by the Open University Step by Step, with the support of UNICEF, is bringing together experts, schools and communities in order to enable Roma children to exercise their right to primary education.
The programme consists of teacher training and workshops for parents. It is aimed at establishing cooperation to achieve the successful inclusion of Roma children in school and in society, to diminish prejudice and stereotypes about Roma, create mutual trust and raise expectations for children from socially vulnerable families.
Members of the Roma community as well as representatives of local government, non-governmental organisations and service providers in the field of education, healthcare and social care also participate in the programme.
As part of the programme Ready Together in Slavonski Brod and Sisak, the actress Mirna Medaković has voiced e-picture books used by preschool children and their parents. The e-picture books containing audio material represent an important tool for learning Croatian and developing reading skills. This is especially true for Roma children, who will use them on tablets and computers in workshops for children and parents.