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The role of professionals in promoting diversity and inclusiveness

In view of preparing children adequately for life in the 21st century eight key competences have been identified by the European Union. Among these competences are the ability to communicate in the mother tongue and cultural awareness and expression. This is in line with research evidence showing the importance of the heritage language and culture in
identity development, well being, mental health and school achievement. Hence, the role of professionals is pivotal in fostering cultural and linguistic awareness among children and promoting inclusiveness in the classroom or group. This review of the literature is meant to provide an initial theoretical framework concerning the role of professionals in dealing with cultural and linguistic diversity and promoting inclusiveness.

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What works guide – TOY for Inclusion

This guide documents the promising practices of the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Play Hubs, which support integration of Roma at local level. The practices and the accompanying recommendations are based on the evidence from the TOY for Inclusion project piloted in seven countries.
The guide is designed for practitioners and local authorities. It can assist them in the implementation of community-based ECEC services for Romani and other children to improve social cohesion. The guide also informs local, national and EU level policy-makers about how to use social and economic solidarity between cultures and generations to promote desegregation and inclusion.

The recommendations presented in the guide complement one another and are most effective when implemented simultaneously. Together the practices and recommendations provide clear guidelines for a systemic approach and sustainable local solutions in both policy and in practice.

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Rethinking the Role of Pedagogical Assistants: Establishing Cooperation between Roma Families and Schools in Serbia

The paper examines the risks and challenges related to the cooperation of pedagogical assistants (PAs) with Roma parents/families and their work with Roma pupils, and offers further insight into ways to overcome these risks and challenges.

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Comprehensive review of the literature on inter-agency working with young children, incorporating findings from case studies of good practice in inter-agency working with young children and their families within Europe

The ISOTIS project is about the integration of services. A new publication from project shares successful inter-agency work for disadvantaged groups, immigrant and Romani Families in Belgium, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal and the UK. The study asks poignant questions about the success of the selected case studies; it focuses on their models, impact, challenges and good practices.

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Review and reorientation of the “programme for active health protection of mothers and children” for greater health equity in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

This publication presents the process of and lessons learned from the review and reorientation of a program for active health protection of mothers and children for greater health equity, with an explicit but not exclusive focus on the Roma population, carried out in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Using the methodological guide on integrating equity into health strategies, programs and activities developed by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality of Spain, the analysis of selected services within the program shows that Roma and rural women benefit less than women from urban areas and with more education. Barriers and facilitating factors for using the services were related to their availability, accessibility and acceptability, contact with services and effectiveness of coverage.

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The governance of Roma people in Italy: A shifting paradigm

This article analyses the effectiveness and the outcome reached by the different policy measures towards Roma people adopted by the Italian Government since the spring of 2008. According to Luigi Manconi, sociologist, Roma people are unpleasant to many people and there is no doubt that some of them live committing crimes and inducing their children to beg. Although Roma, like everyone else, are accountable for their actions, other factors have concurred to shape this situation.

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The urban experience of young Roma children

An under-studied question

In its work at regional level within the EU, the Bernard van Leer Foundation focuses on Roma populations, who across Europe face higher risks of discrimination and difficult living conditions. Catalina Ulrich of the University of Bucharest recently produced a report for the Foundation entitled ‘Research findings and best models of intervention supporting Early Childhood Development for young Roma children’. In this article she discusses her different experiences of working with Roma children in urban settings compared to rural ones.

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