The project TERNO (Teachers Education for Roma New Opportunities in School) is a project co-financed by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission (Key Activity 1: Roma Multilateral Projects) which aims to set up and implement special support centres in order to support the Roma children that attend the last classes of the elementary school to complete primary education and pass on to the secondary education.

The general objective of the project is to prevent the early school leaving of the Roma children and support the Roma children to move from the elementary to the secondary education. The project aims to improve the participation/maintanance in school for children with low living standard by overpassing the lack of interest towards traditional learning methods. The specific objective with which the general objective will be achieved is through the training of the teachers (or teaching assistants) that are teaching Roma in order to support the Roma children to complete the elementary education.

The main result that the TERNO project has developed are Centres for the provision of supplementary education for Roma children that are completing the elementary education and are preparing to pass to the secondary education. The organization of these centres was based on a methodology which has included all the important elements in order to help teachers of Roma children to better support children that attend the last classes of the school to complete elementary education and pass to the secondary education.

The consortium of the project is multi-actor, it has a great experience in the field and it has complementary competencies. It is constituted from 6 partners from 5 countries (Greece, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Romania). In the project they participate, 3 Roma Associations, one NGO led by Roma, a Research Institute which is specialized in the education research for the Roma people and an organization specialized in the development of research methodologies and management of LLP projects.

Tab 1 The Project

Tab 2 General Objectives and Activities

Tab 3 Main Results

Tab 4 Partners

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Action Synergy S.A. is an ICT R&D, training and knowledge- based applications organization which is actively involved in the development of education technologies, training methodologies and the development of e-learning training courses. Action Synergy S.A. disposes a long experience in the management and coordination of European Projects. It is currently coordinating seven LLP projects: the project “Roma Teaching & Training” (357110-LLP-2011-GR-KA1-KA1MPR) regarding the establishment of a method for supporting the Roma children of a pre-school age, the project GLOSSA (505248-2009-LLP-GR-KA2MP) ( concerning the development of e-learning material for the Greek language, the project UETPNET (510635-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-ERASMUS-ECUE) ( concerning the promotion of collaboration between universities and enterprises using online tools, the project SUN.COM (511867-LLP-1-2010-1-GR-KA2-KA2MP) regarding the development of online language communities, the project CREDNET (518802-LLP-2011-GR-LEONARDO-LNW) regarding the accreditation of the managerial competencies, the project NIREAS (2011-1-GR1-LEO05-0677) regarding the training of the wastewater treatment plant operators and the project METIKOS (517555-LLP-1-2011-1-GR-GRUNDTVIG-GMP) regarding the promotion of the integration of the immigrants through language learning. It has also considerable experience in working with social groups in risk of exclusion. Besides the projects METIKOS and “Roma Teaching & Training” it is coordinating, it is currently participating as a partner in the project CLAP (517620-LLP-1-2011-1-RO-GRUNDTVIG-GMP) regarding the training of the inmates and in the project ROMA- Source (JUST/2009/FRAC/AG/1185 – 30-CE-0377088/00-91) funded by the programme “Fundamental Rights and Citizenship” of DG Justice regarding the fight against the discrimination of Roma communities. Since its foundation in 1987 the organisation has participated in a considerable number of EU educational projects, such as COMETT, PETRA, SOCRATES, LEONARDO DA VINCI, ARTICLE 6, ADAPT, TEMPUS, PHARE,-Distance learning. Action Synergy’s S.A. key areas of expertise include: - Development of learning methodologies, Development of educational technologies, Development of courses and modules making use of innovative methodologies such as: open/flexible learning methodologies, e-learning, learning needs analysis, development of professional profiles and lists of skills and competencies, development of synergies at local, national and transnational level.

Role in the project: The main role of Action Synergy in this application will be the management and the coordination of the project. It will monitor all the aspects of the work plan, the deadlines and the financial flows, it will coordinate the communication between the project partners and it will communicate with EACEA on behalf of the partnership. It will also prepare the task planning document, organize the kick-off meeting in Athens and prepare the quarterly monitoring reports as well as the final report. It will also prepare agendas and reports for all the transnational meetings. Action will also coordinate WP5 (Quality Assurance). In the framework of this WP, it will draft the Quality Assurance Plan, draft the Evaluation Plan, define the Tools and Methods to be used, define the Indicators for Evaluation, fill in questionnaires and conduct interviews, collect feedback sheets and draft the Inception, Interim and Final Evaluation Report.
Operational and Financial Management: Two project managers will be appointed for the management of the project. One will be responsible for the operational aspects of the project and the other will be responsible for the administrative and financial aspects. Inside the organization, working groups will be created according to the tasks of the project (development of website, dissemination, methodology etc.). Each working group will have a leader and the operational coordinator will coordinate the work of all the working group leaders.

This project is co-funded by the European Commission. This publication reflects the views of the author only and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained therein.

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