EWC organized three trainings for teachers and educators in schools with a high rate of Roma children, in the rural area of Satu Mare county. The trainings focused on promoting Roma inclusion and fostering a culture of democracy, diversity, and tolerance.
Guided by experienced trainers, the participants learned about the whole-school approach, which involves all members of the school, including management, staff, students, parents, and the broader community. Employing the whole-school approach, educators can incorporate democratic values and human rights principles into teaching, learning, and school governance.
A highlight of the training was a joint meeting for Roma parents and children. Ramiza Sakip, our trainer of Roma background, engaged the audience with a discussion of the importance of education, encouraged active parental involvement in the educational journey of the children, and emphasized the transformative impact of education on the lives of Roma individuals.
For teachers who engage with diversity on a daily basis, it is crucial to be able to reflect on their own biases and stereotypes, gain knowledge of Roma history and culture, and develop the skills necessary to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment. Our trainings focused on helping them develop a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized communities, learn how to empower vulnerable students, and encourage student participation in school life.