REYN and Together Old and Young (TOY) joined forces to create TOY for Inclusion, a project to address increasingly worrying issues like discrimination and segregation that oppress Romani children from very early age.
TOY for Inclusion combines two approaches, which can jointly bring a change into isolation of Romani communities!
Building on the success of the Together Old and Young Programme, which promotes intergenerational learning opportunities between older adults and young children as well as community-based early childhood education and care (ECEC), TOY for Inclusion is establishing ECEC Play Hubs: non-segregated play spaces for all generations in seven European countries.
These spaces are located in areas that are reachable for both Roma and non-Roma families, and are designed and run by local committees composed by representatives of both communities, school and preschool teachers and local authorities. Along with activities aimed to help children develop necessary skills and knowledge for formal education, these spaces mobilize local communities around young children and organize intergenerational activities involving elderly people with and without Roma background
We will establish TOY for Inclusion Play Hubs and design educational resources, which will then be piloted in Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia – all REYN National Networks countries. Additionally, a TOY for Inclusion Play Hub will be established also in Latvia.
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