Together for a better life: Project for social and economic inclusion of the Roma community of Satmarel

Main objective:

Promote social inclusion of families living in the shantytown of Satmarel, including access to and retention of children from 6 to 14 years by improving, among other things, quality of education

Context:

More than 40% of Romania’s population and more than 49% of children are at risk of living in precarious situations because of the difficulties of access to health and education services, lack of information, exclusions and discriminations. A large gap in access to education is noted between rural areas and urban areas with a 25% higher drop-out rate in rural youths under 14 years of age. Added to this are a lower quality of education and an increased lack of qualified staff. Further analysis by the Romanian Ministry of Education shows that of a cohort of children followed for 8 years, almost 30.4% give up before the end of cycle 2 (14 years) and only 56.9% average the national assessment exam.

Project:

350 inhabitants of which nearly 150 Roma children currently live in Satmarel, an outlying area of the city of Satu Mare, which has become the biggest slum of the region. The majority of these families have lived there without official authorization for more than 6 generations. Their living conditions are extremely precarious: unsanitary housing, infrastructure in very poor condition, difficult access to public services, limited to electricity, running water, gas etc. They encounter difficulties of access to education, health, social assistance and employment services.

The aim of this project is to promote social inclusion of families living in the shantytown of Satmarel, including access to and retention of children from 6 to 14 years by improving, among other things, quality of education. The project also includes an approach with parents to involve them more in education and empower them in their access to rights. Finally, it proposes via the creation and the maintenance of a solidarity garden to increase the level of employability and skills of young adults. In 2018, 45 children aged 6 to 16, 10 parents and 10 young adults in the process of socio-professional inclusion have been impacted by our activities.

Partner:

CCFD-Terre Solidaire; Departmental Center for Resources and Educational Assistance (CJRAE); General Directorate of Social Assistance and Satu Mare Child Protection (DGASPC); Public Health Branch; Departmental Directorate for Youth and Sport (DJTS); Octavian Goga School of Satu Mare and its antenna of Satmarel; Swiss Foundation; Grenoble Isere Romania; School Inspectorate of Satu Mare Department; Satu Mare Town Hall; Secours Populaire Roubaix; Childhood Solidarity Romania; STEA; Hoy-Say

Project location / Romania, in Satmarel, Satu Mare
Region / Europe, Romania
Area / Access and quality of education, Professional training
Duration / 2018 - 2019
The project covers / Children and adults
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