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TOY for Inclusion phase II kicks off

TOY for inclusion opens Play Hubs to boost inclusion at the local level. Scaling up the results achieved so far and improving inclusion policies on early childhood development are the main objectives of this second phase.

Last year TOY for Inclusion has achieved an unexpected success. Four thousand children in Europe participated in our activities and the project was awarded the Life Long Learning Award 2018 in the category ‘Best Learning Environment’.

This week the project partners met in Rome (Italy) to plan the actions for the next two years. Thanks to new funding, TOY for Inclusion will open one new Play Hub in Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy and will expand to Turkey.

In addition, advocacy will play a key role in this new phase. We aim at advising EU and local policy makers on how non-formal educational activities in early childhood policies can foster inclusion.

Last year, we have developed a Toolkit on how to open Play Hubs and a What Works Guide with recommendations for policy makers. These two documents show to local administrators how informal education can be the gateway to school and preschool for many children at risk of exclusion.

So far, the project has created eight Play Hubs for young children in seven EU countries: one in Belgium, Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and two in Italy.

The Play Hubs support the early childhood development of Romani, migrant and vulnerable children to foster their integration in school and preschool.

They are inclusive spaces where children and families are encouraged to play and learn: while children are allowed to borrow toys, information about childrearing, health, early learning and development is passed on informally to (grand)parents.

Read more here.

REYN Italy offers training for pedagogical professionals in Rome

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Associazione 21 luglio and REYN Italy offer cutting edge training for Early Childhood Pedagogical Professionals in Rome on November 19th-24th, 2018.

Participants will gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • Educational poverty: different aspects and dimension.
  • The legal instruments to tackle educational poverty.
  • Poverty at school: tools for inclusion.
  • The effects of poverty on the development of the child.
  • Building an educational community.

The training is addressed to young Roma living in slums and it includes attending a three-hour conference in the Italian Parliament on International children’s day (November 20th) organized by Associazione 21 Luglio. The conference will tackle the issue of Romani parent-child separation.

Read more about REYN Italy.

Training for pedagogical professionals in Rome, Italy. Register now!

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Registrations are open to the training for Early Childhood Pedagogical Professionals organized by Associazione 21 luglio and REYN Italy.

The training will provide participants with theoretical and practical tools to help young children in poverty in formal and informal slums.

Participants will gain the following knowledge and skills:

– Educational poverty: different aspects and dimension
– The legal instruments to tackle educational poverty
– Poverty at school: tools for inclusion
– The effects of poverty on the development of the child
– Building an educational community

The training is addressed to young Roma living in slums and will take place in Rome (Italy) from November 19th to 23rd, 2018 (40 hours in total).

Based on the applications, 10 participants will be selected. The deadline for applications is October 15th, 2018. Find the form here (in Italian).

Read more about REYN Italy.

Associazione 21 luglio and REYN Italy: “15 thousand Romani children in slums are deprived of their rights”

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In Italy, 15 thousand Romani children live in formal and informal slums, Associazione 21 luglio and REYN Italy say.

In Rome, an estimated 4,100 Romani children live in poverty: 1,350 are between zero and six years old, 2,750 are aged seven to 18. These children and young people suffer from social exclusion and stigma. A few have access to health services. For these children life expectancy is ten years below the average, one in five will not enter schooling paths and will have almost no possibilities to go to university.

The lack of proper housing is among the first challenges to school retention. The majority of slums are excluded from public service; they are often located in extreme peripheries and polluted areas. Lack of income, discrimination, cultural deprivation and inadequate housing are factors that can impact enormously on the physical and psychological well being of children. These factors can also cause the so-called “ghetto diseases”: malnutrition, scabies, tuberculosis, anxiety and depression.

Forced evictions of informal settlements frequently happen and constitute traumatic events for children that live in the slums. This has serious consequences on the children’s right to education. In Naples, in the neighborhood of Gianturco, a forced eviction that involved 1,300 Roma in housing emergency (half of them were minors), caused a real diaspora just at the eve of International Roma Day on 8 April 2017.

In Rome, since November 2016 there was an increased 133% in forced evictions.

Read the whole press release on the Associazione 21 luglio website here.

Read more facts and figures on REYN Italy‘s page.