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ARTS FOR ROMA CHILDREN – Art4ROM

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Project Number: 531423-LLP-1-2012-1-BE KA1-KA1MPR

Project framework: Policy cooperation and innovation in Lifelong learning (KA1) Roma multilateral projects

Duration: 24 months

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Project coordinator: Union Romani and International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

Contactmarianne.poncelet@menuhin-foundation.com

Partner countries: Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom

Target groups: school teachers and curricular experts, Roma and non Roma children (5-10 years) and their families

Objectives:
a) Promoting Roma culture in schools and settlements using different art forms as vehicle for intercultural dialogue, social integration of Roma and non Roma children;
b) Raising the interest and participation of Roma children to learning activities and preventing early school leaving;
c) Involving and keeping Roma children into formal and non-formal educational paths;
d) Fostering and developing basic life skills for children’ personal development using art as a personalized and joyful approach to learn;
e) Introducing an innovative teaching methodology by using arts and Roma culture;
f) Raising awareness among European and local decision-makers and the general public about the importance Roma culture and art as a social and cultural integration tool;
g) Engaging Roma and non-Roma interact within the wider community;
h) Conveying a strong emotional message to the majority population, challenging stereotypes and xenophobia.

Project description
The Art4ROM is a project promoted by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and designed for children both Roma and non-Roma between 5-10. The Art4ROM project promotes children education in formal and informal environments. The Art4ROM consists of a new methodology created from the best practices and previous experiences of the project partners and which is based on artistic activities to promote learning for disadvantaged children. The project brings together the expertise from Roma and non Roma organizations and artists working to meet the needs of beneficiaries, namely Roma and less privileged children. The Art4ROMmethodology is based on the common work of Roma and non Roma artists that working with teachers and social cultural operators are widening the children range of opportunities and helping them to love learning thus to increase their life chances. The project and its methodology is also improving intergroup relations using the creative and stimulating power of using arts and Roma culture to learn curricula subjects.

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