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The ‘TOY for Inclusion Toolkit – A step-by-step guide to creating inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Play Hubs for all generations’, provides the necessary information to enable trainers and practitioners of different sectors to set-up and run play spaces for children, families and communities.

The toolkit pays particular attention to social integration, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, and social inclusion in the context of ECEC.

If you want to have more information about the TOY for Inclusion approach or you want to set-up a Play Hub, please contact us.

The training materials (Power Points) mentioned in the Toolkit are available upon request.

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Mongolia: early childhood education for rural, nomadic, and migrant children

The video depicts how access to education can be provided to children in rural areas, especially those from nomadic and migrant communities in Mongolia. The project, supported by the Asian Development Bank, improves access of poor children from rural and nomadic families to Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs. The project mobilizes communities (teachers, parents, social workers) and key national, provincial, and district leaders in promoting ECE. Teachers, parents and caregivers are trained to collaborate in ECE curriculum. This policy will be integrated into and be complementary to the formal education system in Mongolia.

BODI project: cultural diversity, body, gender and health in early childhood education

The BODI project aims to contribute to the development of teachers’ competences for an understanding of cultural differences in early childhood education. It contributes to involve parents with different cultural backgrounds and to engage them in dialogue about sensitive issues such as cultural differences, gender, body and health. Furthermore the project aims to improve schools’ capacity to address cultural diversity for a better inclusion of children and parents in our intercultural society. The partners of the project are: Cyprus Pedagogical Institute (Cyprus), Kindervilla (Austria), La Xixa Teatre (Spain) and CESIE (Italy) and they are coordinated by Elan Interculturel (France) in their efforts to approach intercultural interactions in early childhood education.

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Effective Roma integration measures in the Member States 2016

This European Commission communication reports some conclusions regarding on the implementation of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. It also reviews the Roma integration measures put in place in different countries under the EU Council Recommendation.

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Accelerating the Process of Roma Integration – Council Conclusions

The 2016 Council of the European Union conclusions state firmly that the EU Member States and the Council have to continue cooperation in accordance with the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS). Member States are asked to: accelerate the implementation of the NRIS; ensure equal access to employment and education; ensure that the situation of Romani children is addressed in mainstream policies or in targeted measures; increase the efforts to eliminate all forms of segregation in education by promoting equal access to inclusive as well as quality early childhood education and care; eliminate the segregation of Roma children in special schools. It is urged to the European Commission to provide continuous support, guidance and funding to national, regional and local authorities, Roma civil society and other relevant actors actively engaged in Roma integration.

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Midterm review of the EU framework for National Roma Integration Strategies

This midterm review takes stock of the progress since the launch of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) in 2011. The EU Framework aims to close the gap between Roma and non-Roma in four key areas: education, employment, healthcare and housing. This review is based on data on how the situation of Roma has changed, and inputs from national authorities, civil society and other partners. The midterm review claims that education is the main area in which the situation of Roma improved and it is also the most prominent area in EU Member States’ policy mix for Roma inclusion. The participation rates of Romani children in early childhood education and care have increased. Early school-leaving, segregation in education and poverty risk among Roma remain high, the report states.

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EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies

 

An EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies (2011)

The EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies is calling on EU Member States to prepare or revise National Roma Integration Strategies in order to address more effectively the challenges of Roma inclusion and to tangibly improve the situation by the end of 2020. The endorsement of the Framework by EU heads of states and governments indicated that Roma inclusion is becoming an important priority for all Member States, despite the economic and financial crisis. The aim of the EU Framework is to help the Member States to make a tangible difference to Roma people’s lives by bringing change in the approach to their inclusion. Member States need to develop and implement an integrated and sustainable approach that combines efforts across different areas, including education, employment, health, and housing.

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