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The presence of Roma and Sinti in Italy is estimated by the Council of Europe at between 120 000 and 180 000 people, that is around 0,25% of the Italian population. Around 50% of them have Italian citizenship and, according to the recent estimates, 60% are younger than 18.
Becoming a cohesive, competent and participated community of professionals, para-professionals and practitioners who work to guarantee quality and non-discriminatory early childhood development to all Roma children (from birth to 8 years old), their families and communities in Italy.
– Training for teachers was delivered to give practical tools to work with children, families and communities to contrast prejudices and stereotypes.
– Two trainings to young Roma practitioners were delivered and eight participants carried out study visits in Tuscany, Lazio and Sicily to gather new and good practices from different cities.
– As a consequence of the Anti-Roma rhetoric raised and reinforced by the current government, REYN Italy is constantly detecting and denouncing cases of discrimination in order to urge a prompt intervention of the competent authorities.
– Civil society is now more aware of the rights of Roma communities.
– Policy makers are more aware of the importance of overcoming Roma camps and some cities are implementing inclusive policies for the inhabitants of the camps.
– Thanks to the training courses aimed at young Roma, several of them on the national territory have acquired skills, awareness and motivation in seeking change for themselves and their communities.
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!