ROMA SCHOOL MEDIATION OF RAA BERLIN

Roma School Mediation acts as an intermediary between Roma families and schools so as to assure that Roma children have (equal) access to school and a successful education. The Roma school mediators are part of the teaching staff of the respective school and are acknowledged as intermediaries. In their function as role models they accompany the Roma families for an extended period of time starting from the initial examination for elementary school, and they are also active in the school in the district.

What are the objectives?

The primary objective is to create equal educational opportunities for Roma children and to achieve sustained promotion ensuring their integration in the school system. Reaching the parents is an essential part of this concept. At the same time, the school needs to be aware of the needs and concerns of Roma families. In the long run, the plan is to develop and establish the work of school mediators as a state-certified profession.

What does Roma School Mediation mean in practice?

  • Specially trained Roma school mediators, who speak Romani, work (in teams of two) with Roma children and adolescents.
  • Building up trustful relations to the children and parents.
  • The mediators accompany Roma families and help enroll children in school, prepare for school and communicate information (e.g. questions about the schooling of the children, medical examinations, deadlines)
  • Explaining the rights of the children and parents.
  • Accompanying the school children to classes and extracurricular school activities.
  • Home visits and intervention when children are absent from school.
  • Making contacts to teachers and other pedagogical staff.
  • Supervising parent-teacher interviews and mediating when conflicts occur.
  • Increasing awareness of discriminatory situations and anti-Ziganism.

Roma School Mediation

  • has two specially trained Roma school mediators, who speak Romani and work with Roma children and adolescents,
  • works with five school mediators,
  • acts as an intermediary between Roma families and their schools, for example, in interviews or when conflicts arise; currently, they are active at five schools in Berlin,
  • assists students in the classroom,
  • Thanks to the work of school mediators less Roma children are enrolled too late in school, irregular school attendance has declined and the rate of drop-outs has dropped; moreover, the success of the children and adolescents at school has risen,
  • encourages Roma parents to become involved in the school,
  • The school mediators are working with 331 Roma students in Berlin Mitte.

Who is financing the Roma School Mediation?

  • Freudenberg Foundation, Weinheim
  • Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science, Berlin
  • Youth Welfare Services, Berlin-Mitte
  • Linden Foundation for Pre-School Education, Weinheim

Why is the Freudenberg Foundation supporting the Roma School Mediation?

The School Mediation model developed by RAA in Berlin is considered a path-breaking concept for the cooperation between schools and educationally disadvantaged Roma families. However, no overall comparisons between the different project approaches in Germany and Europe nor any evaluations of the effectiveness of the programs have been compiled. The RAA Berlin, RomnoKher (Mannheim) und Madhouse (Munich)want to develop the job profile target group mediation/cultural agent and approach its national appreciation.

Contact

RAA Berlin
Dr. Andrés Nader
Chausseestr. 29
D-10115 Berlin
Phone 0049-(0)30-24045-552
Fax 0049-(0)30-24045-509
info@raa-berlin.de
http://raa-berlin.de