The Wide Open School is working with seriously disadvantaged people: the Roma community. They live in very poor settlements.
Young Romani and Traveller children are often denied the right to quality Early Childhood Development (ECD), including education and care services, adequate nutrition as well as stimulating and protective environments. REYN advocates with local-, regional-, national- and European wide for access to Early Childhood Development services that can provide them with equal and quality developmental opportunities to unlock their potential and change their lives.
This is what REYN can achieve:
• Strengthened competences of Early Childhood Development professionals working with Romani and Traveller children, especially of those with Romani and Traveller background.
• Increased and valued diversity in practice and workforce by leveraging EU funds and policies, and by developing strategies to attract more Romani and Travellers in the Early Childhood Development workforce on national level.
• Ensured quality ECD services for all children across Europe by attracting attention to pro-inclusion policies for Romani and Traveller children.
We believe that by leveraging the EU attention and funding we can make a positive difference for children. Thanks to our international supporters we have been able to build a strong international network with the aim to prioritize Early Childhood Development in the EU’s political agenda.
Concretely we make the case for the need to include early childhood development services for children from birth to age of six, in the annual monitoring of the National Roma Integration Strategies by the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers). Together with various key partners we support and monitor the work done by the different EU directorates (DG Justice and Consumers, DG Employment, social affairs and inclusion and DG Education and Culture) regarding Romani and Traveller young children.
At the same time, we work with the REYN National Networks to improve local services and increase diversity in the workforce at the national level. REYN advocates for pro-diversity policies and cooperates with local partners to develop strategies to attract more Roma in the ECD workforce. REYN is coordinated by ISSA and supported by Open Society Foundations Early Childhood Program.
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