2021: School for all, all for School!

Project Promoter: Școala Gimnazială Săuca

Project Code: 2021-EY-PICR-0002

Schools involved in the project: Școala Gimnazială Săuca – Școala Gimnazială Doba – Școala Gimnazială „Mihai Viteazul” Moftinu Mic – Școala Gimnazială Pir – Școala Gimnazială Vetis

“School for All, All for School!” is the project initiated by schools in the communes of Sauca, Doba, Moftinu Mic, Pir, and Vetis in an attempt to respond to the increasing needs for change that Romanian schools are currently facing. The partners have decided that Sauca Elementary School should become the coordinator of the consortium due to its experience in implementing projects with European funds. The partner schools are located in Satu Mare County in communities with a large representation of the Roma minority, accompanied by a series of difficulties and challenges. Currently, Roma children are subjected to an extensive process of discrimination, which deepens further due to the pandemic situation and the accompanying economic crisis. In this context, the number of children not attending school is increasing, extreme poverty, lack of parental support, or even the absence of parents from children’s lives leading to the accentuation of the feeling of alienation and non-belonging.

The main objective of the project is to reduce the feeling of discrimination and increase the level of social and school inclusion through an innovative approach to the learning process and by organizing extracurricular activities to support students.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Training 60 teachers working with Roma and non-Roma students through two training sessions;
  • Implementation of 4 types of extracurricular activities with 200 students over 16 months;
  • Implementation of 2 types of awareness activities with Roma and non-Roma parents;
  • Creation of 7 intellectual products – 2 CSD + 5 educational materials;
  • Implementation of 4 types of additional activities within the project.

The target groups of the project are Roma and non-Roma students, teachers, and parents from the communes of Sauca, Doba, Pir, Moftinu Mic, Vetis. The expanded target group includes local authorities from the mentioned communes, teachers, students, and parents from Satu Mare County, through the dissemination of results and intellectual products.

The short-term results of the project are:

  • 60 teachers participate in 2 training sessions within the project;
  • 200 students participate in awareness and skill development activities related to inclusion, organized jointly for Roma and non-Roma students;
  • 70 parents participate in learning/awareness activities regarding anti-discrimination issues, organized jointly for Roma and non-Roma parents;
  • 19 types of activities are carried out over the 16-month implementation period.

Project products:

  • 2 school curricula available, proposed to participating schools but also to the general public;
  • 5 innovative educational materials developed during the project implementation.

The long-term results materialize in the reduction of discrimination against Roma students in participating schools, the increase in the level of school inclusion for these children, changes in perception at the school and community levels regarding the Roma minority, the increase in school acceptance of Roma children, the reduction of school dropout, and active participation in school life. In the short term, the impact of the project will be observed in the behavior of Roma and non-Roma children and in the reduction of discrimination and increased inclusion. In the long term, the project will have a multiplier effect in the communities of the communes whose schools are partners in the project regarding experiences of learning, inclusion, multiculturalism, and anti-discrimination. Among its benefits are the new skills acquired by teachers, the ability to apply experiential learning techniques, and a set of values and personal experiences acquired by parents and children who participated in activities.