Social inclusion, Education



Who is behind this?

Zuzana Balazova

Roma advocacy and research Centre


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

This program puts together Roma Parents and Teachers from Primary schools. Generally, Roma do not trust education system and they do not trust Teachers. We put together two different groups of people, that will work together in schools. This cooperation will bring change into the local community, where Roma and majority are living. Roma will start to believe in education and they will help their children to learn. Majority will learn about Roma community.

Where will your idea take place?

Skalica, Slovakia

Why does Europe need your idea?

The challenge is include Roma back in society and to break up the stereotypes about Roma communities. Roma communities need to be the active part of majority communities and they need to have responsibility for their own lives. Roma communities need to get empowerment and it can be only if they will get chance in education field. The social inclusion starts in the school and we need to build a new type of communities, where everyone has the same opportunities and rights.

What is your impact?

The aim is to start equal relationship between Roma and majority. And equal relationship is based on educated community where their members understand to each other. The successful outcome will be a community where Roma are accepted, not discriminated and active members of public life. And the results of this equal relationship will be the fact, that Roma will be accepted as people and citizens from majority.

How do you get there?

Our plan is to involve Roma parents as mentors to the education system at primary schools. They will help teachers with the education process and they will be active part of school life. The unemployed parents will come into the schools daily for 2 hours. They will help teachers at the lessons as mentors. The first impact of these activities will be direct for the life of Roma families, because they will get empowerment from work that helps children. Parents will feel as part of the school. They will create events and seminars for other non Roma parents and they will start to learn from each other. Second, when Roma parents will be in the schools with teachers, they will learn too. At least, Roma parents will be more pushing for their children to get better education.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

First target group are Roma communities. It will help parents, children and whole communities to change their bad position in the society. Second group is town community, because it will create an inclusive environment and people will be more flexible to accept multicultural groups. It will also help to eliminate hate, racism and discrimination. This will help also whole society, because we will start real Roma inclusion into the society.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Tthe unique is cooperation between teachers and low educated Roma from segregated communities. It will be unconventional if Roma people will become public visible in positive way, they will change minds of majority about Roma. This project will break a public prejudices about Roma, how they do not want to work, how they are not able to be a equal part of community. This project will open new possibilities for children with disabilities, because Roma mentors will help them to learn better.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

personal costs: 46600 office expenses: 400 events expenses: 2000 public relations: 1000

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

If there was anything similar in other countries of Europe



Idea created on March 5, 2016
Last edit on April 26, 2016

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