The Desegregation and Action for Roma in Education Network (DARE-Net) is a project that aims in the creation of a Roma and non-Roma civil society network and will share and disseminate good practices as well as successful initiatives in the field of education of Roma children and students. The findings of the network will be shared with the competent public authorities of the countries where the project is implemented in order to encourage their stronger commitment and provide them with alternative solutions that will support full and successful integration of the Roma. This innovative project will be implemented in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Greece.
DARE Net stands for Desegregation and Action for Roma in Education Network. This innovative project, gathering partners from five European countries, seeks to establish a transnational network of expertise addressing the issue of segregation of Roma children and students in the educational system.
Indeed, even though Roma constitute the biggest minority ethnic group in Europe, they are regularly subject to discrimination; and among the various forms of discrimination they face, one of them is institutionalized, resulting in school segregation. This situation does not assure to the Roma population an equal access to education and therefore reduces its development opportunities, with the probability of deeper social exclusion.
The core of the project is to create a Roma and non-Roma civil society network that will share and disseminate good practices as well as successful initiatives in the field of education of Roma children and students. The findings of the network will be shared with the competent public authorities of the countries where the project is implemented in order to encourage their stronger commitment and provide them with alternative solutions that will support full and successful integration of the Roma.
Develop a network of Roma and non-Roma NGOs experienced on desegregation that will share and transfer good practices in the field of combating school segregation of Roma children.
Train and transfer skills on desegregation to 100 school mediators and other stakeholders at grassroots level in order to achieve the Roma children’s integration through preventing school segregation and promote equal access to education.
Raise awareness among the relevant stakeholders concerning the need to assure equal access to education of Roma children.
Disseminate relevant good practices related to school desegregation and qualitative education.
Roma and non-Roma NGOs experienced in/with an interest on school desegregation; School mediators; Stakeholders involved in the educational system; European and national competent public authorities.
The main activities that will be carried on are:
Training courses designed for school mediators and other actors involved at a local level.
Exchange visits in the partners countries to share experience and knowledge, and meet with the local authorities.
Creation of a website providing complete information and material on the project and on the topic.
Edition of a brochure gathering testimonials of Roma affected by school segregation.
Elaboration and dissemination of a best practices report on Roma access to education.
The best practices and successful initiatives identified by the network will be shared with the national public authorities with the objective of bringing them to design policies proven to be efficient.
Likewise, the reports and guide published by the partners will constitute a work tool for public authorities, NGOs and other CSOs eager to engage in desegregation processes to monitor school segregation and implement programmes securing equal access to education of Roma children and thus assuring the educational development of Roma communities.
24 months, from December 2013 to November 2014
Romani CRISS – Roma Center for Social Intervention and Studies, Romania (Coordinator)
ANTIGONE – Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non-Violence, Greece
INTEGRO Association, Bulgaria
ERRC - European Roma Rights Center, Hungary and Croatia
The Civic Association Life Together, Czech Republic
FXB Center – University of Harvard, United States of America
Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission (EACEA Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)
http://www.dare-net.eu/ - the DARE NET website
Set of Indicators - [EN, 296 KB]
Shadow Report on Roma segregation in Education in Greece - [EN, 817 KB]