Roma leaders against exclusion
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Voivodeship (headquarters):
01-11-2021 - 30-06-2022
Project cost:
24 307,00 EUR
24 307,00 EUR
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The project responds to the problem of Roma exclusion from various areas of social life, including the education system and the labour market. Long-term exclusion and stigmatisation results in alienation and helplessness, which affect not only adults but also children. Tools to support inclusion, such as Roma Teaching Assistants, are available in the Polish education system, but knowledge of them is not sufficiently widespread either among the Roma community or among local authorities (e.g. in Krakow alone, where 180 Roma children are educated, only three people are employed in this role). At the same time, the majority of Roma do not speak Polish to such an extent that they are able to use Polish-language materials on their rights and to make practical use of available legal solutions.

As part of the project, Roma leaders took part in workshops to improve their leadership competences. Then, together with representatives of local government and aid institutions, they participated in workshops on self-advocacy, coalition building and effective cooperation between the Roma community, local government administration and NGOs (6 workshops in Warsaw, Radom and Krakow). Two books of good practices were also produced describing the available legal mechanisms and how they can be used in counteracting Roma exclusion – one addressed to the Roma community and the other to local governments.

In total, 14 Roma community leaders from all over Poland have improved their leadership competences and 45 individuals have been prepared to work as self-advocates. These individuals are more familiar with their own rights and know how to effectively enforce them, how to build support networks and talk to representatives of various local government institutions. At the same time, 45 people working in local government increased their knowledge of the Roma community and of good practices to counteract Roma exclusion. As many as 90 people from different communities were trained in coalition building and effective cooperation. The project also enabled Roma from different parts of Poland to network and strengthen ties. Local Roma anti-exclusion coalitions made up of Roma and local allies have also been formed in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Kraków, Jasło, Elbląg and Mazovia.

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