In Poland, there are approximately 90 people in the profession of Roma Teaching Assistant (RTA), working with children during the elementary school period. They are trusted by the Roma community, and at times are the only link between school and the Roma community. Despite this important role, their professional situation is not good. Some do not even complete secondary school education, resulting in them being marginalized in the school education system. According to the Ministry of the Interior and Administration (MSWiA), an RTA’s professional duties directly improve the level of education and school attendance of Roma children and young people, and for this reason they should also have the option of specialist training (figures from 01.2019). To date, however, no nationwide and institutional scheme has been created to improve their skills.
The aim of the project is to strengthen the professional of Roma Teaching Assistant.
Under the project, we will conduct empowerment workshops in the form of four conferences. Each participant will be given psychological, legal, and teaching skills support. Within the formed support group, we will organize three working meetings to examine the situation and needs of RTAs and develop self-advocate attitudes. The produced materials will be included in a publication (available on our website), which will also feature articles on the present situation of Roma people in Poland. We will create an online platform for communication, workshops, advice, and education for RTAs. The issue will be publicized at a conference to summarize the project.
Roma Teaching Assistants from various regions in Poland will take part in the project.
20 participants will improve their skills and learn advocacy skills, and how to pass them on to others. The online portal featuring educational materials and advice will be used by Roma family assistants and others interested in the subject.