After School Program-Lazareni, Romania
To provide an after school program to help educate Roma Gypsy children between the age’s of 7 – 14 years old, giving them the opportunity to access extra support to help them meet their state school targets and educational requirements. The aim for this project is to provide 60 children with the opportunity to access 3 x 2 hour programs each week that will cover 9 different subjects, in alignment with their state education curriculum. Whilst the children attend these extra classes a meal will also be provided for them. The children whom this project is targeted towards come from a Roma Gypsy village in Lazareni. The project would run for 8 out of 12 months and look to give extra tutorials and incentives to each child, supporting each one of them to achieve their full potential in their education. The overall aim is to educate 60 children with 6 hours of extra tuition per week, 8 months of the year, providing them with 3 healthy meals per week. We would look to partner with Caleb Foundation, Caleb have been working alongside the Roma community for over 13 years. They will provide the oversight and running of project on the ground daily. They have already managed to secure some funding with two partner organization’s who currently have committed to partially help fund some of the running costs.
Lazareni is a community in Bihor County, Northwestern Romania with a population of around 3000. Within Lazareni there is a large Roma Gypsy Community with a population of 416 people – made up of 116 men, 118 women, 182 children. Making a community with 86 families units these 86 families are split between 65 houses and the majority average family size in this Roma Gypsy Community is made up of 6 people.
The current employment status of the community is 2% leaving 98% of its inhabitants unemployed. The Roma Gypsy children were originally being educated through a private school that The Caleb Foundation successfully ran from 2002, this school was closed in 2010 due to a governmental/EU decision to integrate the Roma children into state schools to help reduce discrimination and achieve better harmony. Unfortunately this decision has had a negative impact on the Roma Gypsy children who daily face discrimination and resentment from the local non-Roma children resulting in their attendance to the state school dropping to 50%.
Hence, as a result of this Caleb Foundation decided to initiate a number of initiatives to counteract this.
Caleb Foundation as previously mentioned have been working alongside this Roma Gypsy Community for a number of years and the relationship they have developed with this community is irreplaceable. Due to their long standing relationship Caleb is well aware of the need and the demographics of this Roma Gypsy community. Caleb is involved in a number of different initiatives from pre-school education, afterschool programs, up skilling and educating the adults. Caleb are a valuable contributor in teaching many individuals the skills needed to help them look for work and working alongside the individual in a holistic manner.
The objectives of the project are:
To provide extra education tuition to 60 children on a weekly basis through the running of 3 x 2 hour sessions, covering 9 different subject matters.
To increase each child’s self esteem, through the equipping of their knowledge and understanding to help them learn and develop in a holistic and caring manner.
To equip each of the 60 children with the appropriate schooling supplies i.e books, pencils, pens etc.
To provide a meal for 60 children 3 times a week.
To support all 60 children through their state school education, breaking down the barriers and cycles that the families and community are in by counteracting mindsets and giving the next generation the opportunity to reach their full potential.
These are to be achieved by:
Raising appropriate funds by raising the awareness/profile of the project – Through the Proton Website (promote project on separate page), newsletters via mail chimp, social media such as twitter and face-book. Ian Green during his speaking engagements.
Engage with potential partners who have similar objectives, in order to learn best practices.
Caleb Foundation – To continue to raise support through their network of contacts/funders.
Caleb Foundation – To work alongside the State School to ensure good relations and connections are made/continued, to give the best outcome to all the children concerned.
Caleb Foundation will employ 3 teachers to run the 3 x 2 hour sessions each week. The teachers that will be approached are teachers whom are employed by the State School. This is to ensure continuity of subjects and that specific learning styles are adhered to ensuring educational objectives are met. (These teachers are currently working with Caleb Foundation running the 2 x 2hour session each week for 30 children, this will be increased to the 3 sessions for 60 children).
Caleb Foundation will employ 1 cook to cook for 60 children, 3 times per week. 8 months of the year.
Each child will be given an incentive to come to the after school program, a meal being just one of these incentives. Other incentives are to include; inflatables, fun days out, sweets, balloons, fruit, pencils.
Each classroom will have a ratio of 1 teacher per 20 students. There will be 9 subjects covered during the weekly sessions in alignment with the state education curriculum.
To sponsor a child per year £170.02
To sponsor a child per month £14.17