RomABC – the next dimension
Further development of innovative instruments for combating functional illiteracy of Roma in Europe

"Whe nyo ur eadt hi ste xty ouk no whow itfe elsi fyo uc ann otr eadp rop er ly." (source of the German text: "Grundbildung in Europa: Projekte und Perspektiven", NA BIBB).

According to UNESCO, an estimated number of 73 million adult Europeans are considered as functional illiterates. This is equal to 1/5 of the employable population aged 18 to 64 years. In the partner countries of the project this concerns 7.5 million adults in Germany; 2 million in Greece; 1.2 million in Hungary and 3.8 million in Romania. Unfortunately, there are no valid figures concerning the literacy rate of Roma. Experts say that the share of functional illiterates among adult Roma in the partner countries is 40 to 60 per cent.

For this reason, Curricula for alphabetisation courses for Roma were developed in the Strategic Partnership „RomABC goes Europe!“ (2015 – 2017) that consider their special needs. However, the envisaged improvements in reading and writing competences fell too short because functional illiteracy is also reflected in calculating, in dealing with ICT and in the capacity to act in every-day-life.

Therefore, the further development of the Curriculum for raising the literacy rate of adult Roma with the emphasis numeracy, basic skills in the ICT field and capacity to act in every-day-life is the centre of our follow-up project.

Besides, the development of a Handbook for course leaders, a basic vocabulary and subject-relating vocabularies, the education of trainers in the frame of a Pilot Training and the elaboration of the concept for according Mobility Projects (KA1) are other parts of the project.

„RomABC - the next dimension!“ was implemented by partner organisations from Germany, Greece, Hungary and Romania and aimed particularly at the reduction of functional illiterates among adult Roma, at increasing of their employability and at raising their share in adult education measures. With that, the project contributes concretely to the implementation of the EU Framework for national strategies for the Roma integration until 2020 and the national strategies of the partner countries as part of the Europe 2020 strategy including the European Agenda Adult Education, particularly the raising of the employment rate and the reduction of the part of Roma that is threatened by poverty and social exclusion.


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