The national anchoring of ROMINKO – Paving the way for a top-down approach in Competence Balance for Roma

A big obstacle for the access of adult Roma to education and employment is the missing proof of their formally, non-formally and informally acquired competences. In the previous project “ROMINKO”, we were able to utilise the French Model of Competence Balance – that has been available for other target groups in many European countries for years – for adult Roma.

“ROMINKO II” aimed at anchoring the instrument at the national level in Greece, Hungary and Romania. Based on the National Strategies, a Model Strategy was elaborated for the European transfer. Roma in Germany were informed about the opportunities of the validation of their competences and motivated to use them. In Slovakia, where the French Model of Competence Balance is already offered all over the country, tailor-made offers can be provided for the target group of Roma now.
Through the French Model of Competence Balance, Roma gain a clear image of their own personality by self-evaluation and can plan a realistic future and build-up motivations in order to face professional requirements due to existing formally, informally and non-formally acquired competences. This way, education and labour market actors, particularly employers, receive a transparent overview on the actual qualifications and competences of Roma so that they can fully participate in the education and labour market.

For exploiting the instrument, Competence Counsellors are necessary. Thus, 15 labour market actors as well as adult educators and psychologists – partly Roma themselves – were trained in the project who again educated multipliers in their country.


The developed Handbook is on one hand designed as accompanying reference book for labour market actors and Competence Counsellors presenting the most important connections and information about the French Model of Competence Balance for Roma that they should know. On the other hand, it contains relevant information on the implementation of Competence Balance for Roma, particularly selected methods and procedures.

Besides, a guide was developed in the project with active involvement of the target group and experts that contains proven or newly developed motivation strategies and instruments with special consideration of the specific needs of Roma and requirements of adult education measures. Experienced adult education actors of the partner countries dealt with the guide in the frame of a training and use the gained knowledge in their countries.

A concept for mobility projects makes the offer of the course “Motivation of Roma in adult education measures” (ERASMUS+, KA1) possible that is open for adult education staff and learners of all eligible countries. This way, the contents of the guide will be transferred in other countries.

The three years project was realised by partners from Germany, Slovakia, Greece, Hungary and Romania. Relevant stakeholders of the national levels of those countries were members of the consortium or associated partners.

More information and the Intellectual Outputs can be found here.


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