The project

European cooperation for Roma Inclusion / ECRI

ECRI is a European project aiming to develop the skills of adults working to support and include Roma communities. ECRI was born out of a mobility project for youth workers HOHO – Home Hospitality supported by the Erasmus + Youth and Sport programme where the partners all met in Bulgaria and Romania. They have all been involved in the processes of inclusion of Roma audiences.

The project takes place in a context of tightening national policies towards Roma communities. In a context of rising nationalism, xenophobia and glottophobia, the partners consider that the tools, methodologies and inclusion processes are today too sectorialized (social aid, educational aid, cultural aid…).

Inspired by practices in Bulgaria, Romania and Germany, they are developing in this project innovative transversal training processes through the practice of mentoring. They set up tools to train Roma mentors who can become a strong link between local authorities and private organisations and Roma communities.

The partners are foundations active in adult education, advisory bodies, University, Municipality, social and cultural centres, and planning consultancy agencies. They are located in Germany, France, Bulgaria and Romania. The ECRI project will therefore focus on developing the skills of trainers working with Roma communities living in Squats (artists, mediators, trainers, educators…) by supporting their capacity to

  • Develop their capacity to integrate cross-sectoral integration processes
  • Develop mentors
  • Train local and regional authorities to propose mechanisms and internal cooperation for the inclusion of Roma people

The ECRI project will develop several types of activities for the development of adult competences and qualifications :
– 2 learning activities
– 1 Augmented mediation platform on inclusive methodologies for Roma communities
– 1 induction mentoring training course with certificates for the project’s target audiences (trainers and educators but also mentors within Roma communities)
– 1 narrative mapping of technological and economic resources so that communities can rethink services and spaces for the inclusion of Roma people
– 3 transnational dissemination events (Bulgaria, Germany and France).

These activities will bring together the following participant

– Roma communities

– Recognised European experts in adult education (mediators, writers, artists, trainers, specialists in social inclusion, education, etc.).

– Leaders of public and private companies active in the social, educational, cultural and entrepreneurial sector

– Specialists in digital tools for the enhancement of productions

– Heads of local authorities responsible for the issues of integration of the Roma public in large metropolitan areas

The relevance of the ECRI project is based on a formal and non-formal education methodology that promotes:

– The development of content based on the needs of the project’s final beneficiaries
(Roma communities) and concrete experiences in the territories.

– Cross-fertilisation of expertise: cultural, social, health and entrepreneurship

– The creation of certification curricula in induction mentoring

The results and impacts of the ECRI project will operate at all levels, from local to international, but will focus on the certification and skills development of the final beneficiaries, the Roma communities

The ECRI project proposes tools for :

– The development of content based on the needs of the project’s final beneficiaries
(Roma communities) and concrete experiences in the territories.

– Cross-fertilisation of expertise: cultural, social, health and entrepreneurship

– The creation of certification curricula in induction mentoring

These impacts will be disseminated in the networks of the educational, social, cultural and social and solidarity economy sector, local authorities, European and global networks defending the rights of the Roma people.

ECRI proposed response to the difficulties of cooperation with Roma communities aims to act on the enhancement of the knowledge of these groups through the pooling of support services offered in our cities and local authorities.