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Around 30 000 nationals of different EU and non-EU member states who are living in Belgium (0.29% of the total population) are Roma. Most Roma live in the Flanders region and the Brussels Capital region. The cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Sint-Niklaas have a substantial Roma population.
Flanders and Brussels are also home to 7 000 Travellers, 1 500 Belgian Manouches/Sinti and 750 Belgian Roms.
Improving accessibility of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services for young Roma and Traveller children (0-6 year) and families.
Building a strong inclusive professional learning community among Roma and non-Roma ECECE practitioners working with Roma and Travellers families.
Supporting exchange of expertise and professional development.
Developing strategies to increase the number of Roma and Traveller professionals and para-professionals (support staff) involved in the early years services.
Advocating for inclusive policies and practices, by identifying and signaling structural problems concerning accessibility of ECEC for Roma and Traveller families.
– Workshops/inspiring sessions (network activities) on social inclusion of Roma & Traveller families.
– Coaching trajectory: the purpose of the coaching was to increase professionals’ competence to promote respect for diversity, enhance skills, knowledge and attitudes of professionals to ensure Roma feel included, which stem from the DECET principles.
– A seminar on qualitative family support for Traveller families with young children on the non-residential trailer park sites in Flanders was organized. During the seminar, local authorities, trailer park administrators and various local actors identified current problems, thresholds and solutions concerning ‘social services’ for each of the three non-residential trailer park sites currently in operation. The seminar resulted in common problem-awareness and a sense of urgency to guarantee the social rights of families with young children.
The Dream to Grow campaign shares 12 multipurpose advocacy stories, highlighting the successes of Roma ECD professionals who are supporting Roma children and families in their countries – celebrating the example they are setting for future generations.
REYN Early Childhood Research
REYN Early Childhood Research is a study that sheds light on young Roma children and their parents throughout Europe. The study brings together unprecedented Roma-related early childhood data from 11 countries. It catalyzes solid evidence for urgent and effective policies and programs enabling each young Roma to reach their full potential – to grow and thrive!